Articles tagged with: AIDS

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

published: April, 20, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Drawn from life: a photo-essay in which Bob Leahy continues his exploration of the role of minorities, including gay men and people with HIV in particular, in his and other rural communities

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

(Part One appears here) The notion that rural Canada is unwelcoming of minorities may in fact be true in some places, I don’t know. It certainly prevents some queer rural folks proclaiming they’re gay. It certainly inhibits HIV positive folks from disclosing their status more often than not. When I first moved to the country thirteen years ago, I met another guy who was out as a gay man, but not ready to announce his positive status to the world. “People will burn your house down if you

Wonder Vag vs the Sperminator

published: April, 20, 2011 Categories // Health

Adventures in Sex City: a foray into sex education gaming from our Viral Load Warrior

‘In the dark of the night, Sex City is in panic because of the terrible Sperminator whose sole mission it is to infect all citizens with various sexually transmitted infections... who do you call?’ Well, you’d call the Sex Squad of course! In Adventures in Sex City, the  fun sex-education cartoon game from the Middlesex-London Health Unit in Ontario, you play one of four members of the sex squad in their attempts to rid the city of the Sperminator. These four superheroes go by the n


published: April, 20, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron has been busy. Here’s a bumper bundle of reviews of what movies she’s seen lately

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls Very touching: Very touchable This documentary is a pure delight. These two New Zealand lesbian activist singers are a complete joy. They have an amazing life story and they use their music and characters for fun and education about many causes. You cannot help but be engaged by these women; you will learn much about how to have a full, satisfying and emotionally healthy life. Told with humour and happiness. Warning: Don’t expect great fashion tips from

ARTSIDA or How to Have Fun and Raise Money for a Very Worthy Cause

published: April, 19, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

An art auction can often work well as a fundraiser for an AIDS Service Orgnazation. Montreal’s Ken Monteith tells how – and how much.

ARTSIDA or How to Have Fun and Raise Money for a Very Worthy Cause

The evening of 14 April was my third participation in an art auction and the third edition of AIDS Community Care Montreal's newly renamed ARTSIDA  which started out as Project Hope just two short years ago. There really is nothing like a professional auctioneer to keep a crowd entertained and to keep them opening their wallets just a bit wider. This guy had us laughing as hard as we did last year, and in two languages to boot! The concept is a simple one. Local and not so local artists s

Eating Well: My Fried Rice with Teriyaki Chicken Strips

published: April, 19, 2011 Categories // Wayne Bristow

A favourite recipe that’s fast, cheap and easy – everything that Guest Writer Wayne Bristow isn’t, in fact.

Eating Well: My Fried Rice with Teriyaki Chicken Strips

This dish is cheap, it takes less than an hour to make and its light/lite and healthy. I made mine with minute rice to save time.  But my favourite clothing store is near the grocery store  and I spent way too much time in there. One has to keep the closet full so there is no room to go back in, I was told by a friend. Depending on how much chicken you use and the going price, it is possible to make this meal for under $20. Serves 3 – 4 people. Here's what you need: Boneless

New homes for HIV-positive Torontonians with drug addictions

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

The Toronto Star reported this story about Fife House, a Toronto AIDS Service Organzation which provides supportive housing for HIVers

Four years after being diagnosed with HIV, John Terry found himself without a home. The diagnosis threw his life into a tailspin. Terry suddenly had no job, no apartment and was couch-surfing with friends and family in the Toronto area. For the former Parliament Hill policy analyst, it was the darkest period of his life — but at least he wasn’t also battling a drug addiction, like some of his friends who are also HIV-positive and homeless. Terry knows exactly where he would have wound up,

Stand-out in the Sun

published: April, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An interview with a remarkable man. His name is Paul Gallegos, he’s an HIV activist and you can find him, when he’s not public speaking, out on the streets in the hot California sun promoting HIV testing to motorists and passers-by.

Stand-out in the Sun

I first came across the work of Paul Gallegos through Twitter. (He’s @pauly1999) Paul uses social media voraciously in support of his advocacy for people living with HIV and the need for testing of those who aren’t. One Twitter trail led to another, which in turn led me to find a story about Paul  in a Palm Springs journal. The bare bones of his story are this. In 1999, Paul already had years of heavy drinking and drug use behind him. In preparation for a construction job, he’d deci

News from the Nation's Capital: it's tea dance time!

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar (246 Queen St-Ottawa) will be hosting a tea dance called BASHFUL

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar & Grill in downtown Ottawa will host the semi-annual tea dance BASHFUL in support of P.O.W.E.R. (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau, Work, Educate, and Resist). In 2010, P.O.W.E.R. published ‘Challenges: Ottawa Area Sex Workers Speak Out’, a report documenting the ongoing harm committed by Canada’s antiquated and moralistic approach to sex work. The report would contribute to the growing body of research that showed the inherent value and important con

A Waste of Time, or Time Well Wasted

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Rob Newman talks about letting go of old relationships when they no longer contribute to your own self-care

Through the wonders of social networking I was “found” a few weeby an old friend of mine. We hadn’t spoken in 5 years, and I will own that. I had moved, dropped my home phone kept my cell and returned to school. I imagine it was not easy to find me. I certainly wasn’t hiding; there were no bill collectors or crazy ex partners. Still I had no desire to connect or re-connect with this person. I was angry with him and instead of saying something; I said nothing for almost six years, and n

Daffyd, so gay it hurts – or is he?

published: April, 17, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Guest Authors

Little Britain’s Daffyd “the only gay in the village” is sorely missed

I imagine there are some people who don’t know who Daffyd Thomas is, so here’s a little background. Daffyd was a recurring character in Little Britain, the hit UK comedy show, which had a considerable following in Canada, and I assume the USA. He was played quite brilliantly by the (also gay) Matt Lucas.  Daffyd is described by Wikipedia  thus “Daffyd, who lives in the Welsh mining village of Llanddewi Brefi, is a self-proclaimed gay man who dresses in a vast variety of tight P

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