Articles tagged with: Green Acres

Blogger/Activist Louise Binder talks to PositiveLite, recounts the Tale of The Two Famous Bills and much, much more.

published: November, 17, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy sits down with renowned activist Louise Binder who talks about how she kept Bill Clinton and Bill Gates waiting in the wings.

Blogger/Activist Louise Binder talks to PositiveLite, recounts the Tale of  The Two Famous Bills and much, much more.

So I’m back from the OHTN (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) Research Conference in Toronto. My head is still kind of reeling with the tons of data I try to suck up like a sponge at these events. Reeling too with the memories of the dozens and dozens of beautiful, committed people I know and love and reunite with at these affairs. What we sometimes call the “HIV community” really is a wonderful thing. It makes me so proud to be a part of it. Anyway, its back to business in this little corne

STI Testing on the iPhone; there’s an app for that. (Really?)

published: November, 11, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at the latest twist in STI testing technology - and wonders if it’s for real?

STI Testing on the iPhone; there’s an app for that.  (Really?)

I don’t know. Since stumbling across that bogus piece of research claiming that regular blow jobs from gay guys can ward off cancer in straight guys, my bs detector has been going full tilt. So I was a little sceptical when I saw this story about STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing. Yes, it appears there’s an app for that. Or it looks like there will be. And this time the source sounds authentic. First some history. Back in the days when I was young – I’m talking about t

Glee and Modern Family: Gay stereotypes on TV no longer raise eyebrows.

published: November, 10, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at how objections to gay stereotyping on TV have gone the way of the dodo, and why he’s tickled pink about it.

Glee and Modern Family: Gay stereotypes on TV no longer raise eyebrows.

Regular readers already know I’m a bit of a Gleek. They’ll also remember how I lauded Glee's handling of GLBT issues, in particular, those involving Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) which has done more- way more – for the war against bullying than the “It Gets Better” campaign led by Dan Savage. Sorry guys but wearing purple one day of the year or even posting a home-made video on YouTube strikes me as a little bit like tokenism.  I'll say this though: it's better th

XTRA agrees with PositiveLite: Priscilla in Toronto is a Must See (or there goes your gay card)

published: November, 07, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy extols one more time on the virtues of the gay show to end all gay shows, why he’s seeing it again and you must too - or face the consequences.

XTRA agrees with PositiveLite: Priscilla in Toronto is a Must See  (or there goes your gay card)

News flash: Dozens of Toronto gay boys and girls are in danger of having their gay cards revoked. Think going to see Lady Gaga or watching Project Runway is enough to keep your card in good standing? Think again. If you haven’t bought tickets to see Priscilla - The Musical, now playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre until January 2 before going on to Broadway, you ain’t gay. Period It’s not so much be there or be square, it's be there or be straight! Not only that, you’ll be missing

Durham Conference on Ageing: Queers Growing Older Gracefully

published: November, 04, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the ever-youthful Bob Leahy reports on the issues facing queer seniors today, and interviews the featured speaker and PositiveLite blogger Devan Nambiar

First off, kudos to The AIDS Committee of Durham for organizing this event. In all my years of involvement in the HIV community I’ve never seen an event which wrapped its collective mind around the issues surrounding an aging GLBT population so well. . We are, let’s face it, a community that’s a little bit obsessed with youth. I guess some in fact would label anyone over 30 as old. As Devan Nambiar pointed out, periodicals like fab and XTRA have virtually no coverage involving GLBT

Furry Friends Friday – and the most hardworking dog in the world.

published: October, 29, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy wraps up the week’s news, pats himself on the back (yet again) and goes green with envy at a dog who’s waaaay waaaay smarter than his own.

Furry Friends Friday – and the most hardworking dog in the world.

OK You won’t find the smartest dog in the world in our three, pictured above. Two of them are a bit - errmmm -  intellectually challenged; they are basset hounds, after all. Even Dougall, the chocolate lab, isn’t a member of the canine version of Mensa, although he compensates by being VERY eager to please, as labs tend to do. In any event the video below shows the clear winner of the smartest dog in the world category.  But first, bear with me. Here’s a follow-up on

Big news. Manitoba judge makes a landmark decision on what constitutes significant risk.

published: October, 28, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at the latest volley in the criminalization battle, where the rules are changing case by case. Can using condoms and/or having an undetectable viral load make a difference? Read on.

If you’re poz, have unprotected sex and fail to disclose your status to your partner, you’re more likely to be prosecuted here than in any other country. Canada leads the world. It’s a dubious honour but one that sadly, most gay men would probably approve of. The research bears that out. Even most pozzies, it seems, feel there is a place for criminalization to be used to censure risky behaviour, I’m not one of those people. I believe criminalization should be used only in those cases w

Walking with the undead: The 2010 Toronto Zombie Walk

published: October, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy dares to join ten thousand undead in Toronto’s least known but most wacky, most subversive and most camera-worthy annual event, the Zombie Walk

So this past Saturday afternoon I went to Toronto to photograph the Zombie Walk. Why I’ve never been before I don’t know. Could be that I didn’t know the date; the level of awareness of this event is so low, it seems it’s not on everyone’s radar. It certainly isn’t well publicized in the traditional media, but relies instead on social networking to spread the word. And it’s huge. Last year 6,000 zombies walked shuffled and lurched en masse through the streets of west-end Toronto.

In Defence of Russell Williams

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

In which Bob Leahy goes out on a limb by searching for at least some aspects of the convicted killer/rapist’s psyche which perhaps mitigate the awfulness of his deeds

In for a penny in for a pound. Last week, I expressed doubts about the worth of the “It Gets Better” campaign. That was likely as popular as advocating for burning crosses on lawns . This week I’ll probably lose any remaining friends I have by suggesting that there may be room to show just a wee bit of sympathy for Russell Williams, before we lock him away for life. I mean, you think YOU’VE had a bad week? Let’s be clear from the start. Russell William is no saint. What he’s d

Let’s hear it for the neggies

published: October, 18, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In an idea shamelessly borrowed (OK, stolen) from Mark S. King of My Fabulous Disease, Bob Leahy joins in singing the praises of our negative brothers.

I don’t know, so much time, so much energy is concentrated on us pozzies that negative guys (aka neggies) must sometimes feel left out, no? When we do acknowledge their existence, nine times out of ten it’s in the context of condom usage, sexual health or risk behaviours. Bleh. Neggies are, in fact, often looked on as statistics, as potential pozzies, and not much more, without acknowledging that the neggie identity is way more complicated, and more importantly praiseworthy, than that. Let

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