Articles tagged with: HIV stigma

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

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

Racism and LGBT Health

published: April, 12, 2011 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

Devan Nambiar connects the dots:HIV status, and the intersections of oppression with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination.

Racism brings either discomfort or disgust for most. As gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons we have been fighting oppression and discrimination to gain respect and acceptance in the mainstream hetero-normative society. Add in HIV status, and the intersections of oppression increases a hundred times with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination (SAID).   Next, add to the equation a racialized HIV positive person, dealing with racism and SAID. Or if you are a ra

What Do the Public Think of Us?

published: February, 22, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Have public attitudes to HIV/AIDS changed? Two recent surveys and a TV spot on the way people living with HIV are perceived today say yes

What Do the Public Think of Us?

First off, we have a neat little 7:40 spot from last week's ABC New series What Would You Do? It’s a set up designed to test the reaction of patrons of a restaurant in New Jersey on discovering that they have an HIV-positive diner in their midst. The concept for this segment was actually submitted to ABC by Vickie Lynn, a past contributor to PositiveLite.com’s revolving doors column. ABC won't let me embed the video but the link is here. You need to understand the setup: the

5 Ton Pink Elephant

Two weeks ago a young woman, Toni Proctor gave me a surprise phone call. She had been referred to me via one of my local health department colleagues.

Two weeks ago a young woman, Toni Proctor gave me a surprise phone call. She had been referred to me via one of my local health department colleagues. Her favourite aunt, after a 20 year battle, died from AIDS, resulting in her creating a new HIV/AIDS organization, "Break The Silence, Save A Life. She was now organizing a fundraiser to raise money for AIDS/HIV awareness. After she read my PositiveLite.com posts, she asked me to be a featured speaker for this event. Nervously I accepted, and wa

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