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GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

published: December, 05, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the always gleeful Bob Leahy takes note of something that looks a lot like history being made, every Tuesday at 9pm, on Fox, no less.

GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

I’ve written about Glee before and in particular how its anti-bullying plot line blows that tiresome It Gets Better campaign out of the water. Glee wins, at least in my book, because it delivers a fierce, relevant and better targeted message, one that does not include doing nothing and one that is sustained.   While the purple shirters have put away their purple shirts and the It Gets Better YouTubes languish in the dark, Glee hammers home at the anti-bullying plot week after week.

Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries: The PositiveLite Review

published: December, 02, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE

In which the always pumped Bob Leahy goes to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for an astonishing piece of theatre you won’t want to miss.

Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries:  The PositiveLite Review

I went to see The Silicone Diaries at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre yesterday. It’s an extraordinary show in every sense of the word.  It played to sell-out audiences last year, and so Buddies in Bad Times has brought it back before it goes on tour.  It runs here to December 12, Nina Arsenault has been described as Canada’s foremost transsexual. The Silicone Diaries is her story; how she went from an awkward man to a blonde bombshell, and just kept on going. Famous for sixty

Reflections on Worlds AIDS Day: Have Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys got it all wrong?

published: November, 30, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which newly minted TV star Bob Leahy says why he doesn’t like World AIDS Day - and why he does.

Reflections on Worlds AIDS Day: Have Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys got it all wrong?

Gawd. Writing a World AIDS Day column for a site that doesn’t take itself too seriously is an effin hard thing to do. Even though this is a solemn day that needs to include memories of the past and, in particular, remembrance of those that didn’t make it, there is also a message to be delivered that some of us are very much alive and kicking. Not only kicking, but finding time every day most days to be downright silly, rude, and/or absurd. It’s hard to balance the two messages. Few do it

OHTN and CATIE give PositiveLite.com the nod

published: November, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy gives a Hi-5 to CATIE and to the OHTN for their collaborations with the little site that could.

OHTN and CATIE give PositiveLite.com the nod

I can’t think of much better news to kick off World AIDS Week than to hear that CATIE is now collaborating with PositiveLite in a similar fashion to what the OHTN announced that they would be doing earlier this month. You can read CATIE’s inaugural post here.   I'm a big fan of both these organizations. I really think this is a win-win situation. Or perhaps that should be a win-win-win situation, as three parties are involved. For PositiveLite it means additional quality content

An interview with Peterborough’s KIM DOLAN, Executive Director PARN

published: November, 29, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy interviews Peterborough’s KIM Dolan, Executive Director of PARN, about her work, her life and her favourite colour.

An interview with Peterborough’s KIM DOLAN, Executive Director PARN

I am, I suppose, a long term survivor, although there are so many of us now, the expression has lost its impact. It’s not unusual for long term survivors to be not particularly reliant on the services of their local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). This does, I think, reflect the fact that many/(most of?) us have finally constructed our own supports, our own life rafts, our own wisdom which don’t necessarily include dependency on service providers like PARN.  Peterborough AIDS Resou

CHER talks trans: the scoop on CHAZ BONO

published: November, 27, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at trans families. Watch Cher in conversation with David Letterman. Cher’s talking about losing a daughter, gaining a son, namely transman Chaz Bono.

CHER talks trans: the scoop on CHAZ BONO

Cher has been in the spotlight lately, thanks to THAT movie that is either a stinker or the best thing since sliced bread, depending on whom you listen to. But interestingly, she’s also been talking a lot about her 41-year old son, transman Chaz Bono. Chaz only recently went the whole nine yards – gender reassignment surgery, legal change of name and gender – the works. Cher’s cover story in Vanity Fair this month illustrates just how tricky it can be for parents to adjust to a tr

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

published: November, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the ever-youthful Bob Leahy looks at Gen Silent a movie about LGBT seniors which hits home hard, and what research is saying about HIV and aging

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

I hope this topic isnt getting - ermmm - old.  Because, and since it's important,  I wanted to do a follow up to my report on AIDS Committee of Durham’s LGBT seniors’ conference  which appears here .  At the Durham conference, a powerful documentary was shown called Gen Silent.   The movie's website is here.  This much lauded film is remarkable for telling stories we seldom hear, showing images we never see, spotlighting people wh

The Pope on Condoms: what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

published: November, 22, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at this week’s pronouncement by Pope Benedict XVI on condom use, sexual abuse and all that jizz – and comes away scratching his head.

The Pope on Condoms:  what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

I suppose we should all be jumping up and down for joy now that, if you only read the headlines,  the Pope is backing down on the condoms issue. The story came out Saturday. Here’s the New York Times  version. Many newspapers broke the story with headlines like ”AIDS Activists Commend Pope for allowing Condoms” or similar. Wondering just who the AIDS activists were, because our world is quite small, I googled, and all I could find  lauding the announcement was Michel Sidib

Brokeback Mountain in 3D - Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape

published: November, 19, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy sucks up all he can find out about oral sex hoaxes and spits out - not swallows - the truth.

Brokeback Mountain in 3D -  Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about  a study that purported to show that straight guys who get regular blow jobs from gay guys are less likely to get certain kinds of cancer. That wacky story had circulated on the internet quite widely. Turns out it was bogus. The source was a website that specializes in bogus news items called bentspud.com. Some of its stuff is quite funny. This, by the way, is the same website that recently reported that a 3-D version of Brokeback Mountain will be relea

OHTN Conference delivers the goods: hard facts, harder choices.

published: November, 18, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy, in the second of three reports on the 2010 OHTN Research Conference, reveals what caught his attention in Toronto this week.

OHTN Conference delivers the goods:  hard facts, harder choices.

Honestly, for me this conference was all about choices. So many sessions, some concurrent. Over 150 research findings were presented, all targeting the complexities of HIV. One simply cannot take it all in. So one makes choices. Even getting there involved decisions. The weekend prior to the conference I was sick as a dog, with a temperature of 102F.  I wasn’t even sure I would make the conference. Anyway, as my mystery ailment didn’t seem like it was anything infectious, and by Sunda

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