Articles tagged with: activism

Back in time

published: September, 22, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk and his busy life as an activist – stigma seminars, Sicilian sojourns and sharing stories

Back in time

It felt like I had a little step back in time this morning back to my student days, iPod in my pocket, Le Tigre’s “Feminist Sweepstakes” on full blast as I sped across town …to a philosophy seminar? I was off to Manchester Metropolitan University for a day discussing Shame, Stigma and HIV. I have to admit that after a nine year hiatus my philosophical brain struggled a little with the first session – but this is a topic I’m passionate about; why almost 20 years since the developme

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Dating, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A conversation with the out poz and proud US marine who gained fame for asking gay country star Steve Grand to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball – on YouTube

Bob Leahy interviews poz US Marine gone viral Tanner White

From poz.com “Tanner White, who bills himself as “your favorite positive Marine” on his YouTube channel, has posted a new video in which he asks singer-songwriter Steve Grand to the 2015 Marine Corps Ball. Grand is an openly gay country singer who is as famous for his hunky body as for his music. White is an HIV-positive social media activist who posts videos about HIV prevention and awareness. UPDATE: Steve Grand Says Yes to Date With HIV-Positive Marine Bob Leahy: First of all, Tann

Exciting times ahead

published: September, 10, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk finds his HIV volunteer work morphs into a full time job in the HIV field with Terrence Higgins Trust

Exciting times ahead

Every so often an opportunity presents itself and there’s no chance of turning it down. Since my own HIV diagnosis in 2009 I’ve wanted to improve the lives of people living with HIV, and empower those with the virus to believe that they can achieve anything they want to. And whilst it took a couple of years to gain the confidence to speak out publically about my own status it was worth the nerves and uncertainly in the run-up to doing so. I’ve not regretted it for a single second. And

The Vigil

published: August, 25, 2015 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

New Yorker Felix Garmendia and one of his favourite memories regarding his healthy years as an AIDS activist

The Vigil

Yesterday, I came across a very poignant picture. It was a picture, taken at a vigil that took place on Christopher Street, N.Y. within the first five years of the AIDS. epidemic. Those dark years when we were dying by the thousands and nobody seemed to care, much less help us. HIV was a death sentence, no meds, no knowledge, no hope!  I tested positive for the HIV virus on December, 19, 1989 after enduring three years of self imposed celibacy in order to avoid HIV. Little did I know, it was

Accomplishments/Manchester TV interview

published: August, 05, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk “I won’t give up fighting stigma and ignorance, yes because I am stubborn as a mule, but also because it is the right thing to do.” Plus his recent TV interview.

Accomplishments/Manchester TV interview

Accomplishments  It’s hard to work out where the last six months have gone, paradoxically it feels as though it was New Year just yesterday, whilst at the same time many, many moons ago. The year so far has been super busy and lucky for me there have been plenty of “ups” and not so many “downs”, so less of a rollercoaster ride and more of a rocket blast into space. I’m struggling to find out how I had to time to do so much in just half a year, completing my face to face peer sup

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

published: July, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the Canadian Declaration by Persons Living with HIV that calls for the protection of human rights in light of biomedical advances in HIV Treatment but in a progressive way supportive of 90-9-90 and expanded treatment access

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

Of the significant outcomes of the IAS 2015 in Vancouver that closed just last week, one was the signing of the Vancouver Consensus Statement (2015). It’s  an urgent call to world leaders, donors, governments, clinicians and civil society to ensure that all people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment upon diagnosis and the strategic use of ARVs for treatment and prevention in order to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.  It’s progressive and addresses the priorities tha

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

published: July, 15, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

We asked newly diagnosed Peterborough, Ontario man Robert W. Olver to review some of the movies which reflect our history. In the first of a series, he looks at Zero Patience, a remarkable made-in-Canada AIDS musical from 1993

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

My friend Bob recommended this movie to me the other day. “It’s called Zero Patience”, he told me. “It’s a musical comedy about HIV/AIDS.  It debunks the Patient Zero myth and it’s got lots of funny bits. See what you think.” A musical comedy about Patient Zero? How could they even pull that off? I approached with a few misgivings (love music, don’t much care for musicals) but Bob’s description had my curiosity piqued and besides, he’s got pretty good taste, has Bob, so

Seroconverting at 15

published: July, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, a 16-year old man from central British Columbia diagnosed with HIV a year ago, about what it’s like to find out you are HIV-positive when you are a teenager in a small rural community where HIV isn’t talked about

Seroconverting at 15

Burns Lake, British Columbia Bob Leahy: Hi Preston. Remind me what’s the name of the place you live in?  Preston Leon: I live in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Probably about four or 5-thosuand people there. I’ve grown up mosly around here and I spend my time farming, being out in the country. We have a few horses, a few cows, roughly 300,000 acres on one property and 80,000 acres on another. OK. I want to hear your story. When did you find out you were HIV-positive? On June 14, 2014.

Terrifying dragons

published: June, 29, 2015 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

On younger and older activists working together, self-proclaimed dinosaur Michael Yoder says "grasping the power of the old dragons and passing on that power to the younger dragons can enliven the movement.”

Terrifying dragons

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons." Ilona Andrews, Fate's Edge  I am a self-proclaimed dinosaur. I know that many people think using the term “dinosaur” implies that I see myself as one of a group of useless old people with little value other than being in some interesting museum displays.  But when I look into the etiology of the word, it changes for me. “Dino” is from a Latin base meaning “terrible” or “terrifying”; “Saur” comes from a word meaning

Cruise ship

published: April, 20, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk reflects on his five year relationship with the right man - and why it works

Cruise ship

I once said that I wasn’t afraid to rock the boat, “I’d even capsize it“… but I look back now and think that wasn’t quite right.  I don’t want to sink this ship, I want to build something bigger – and better, stronger. I don’t want to rock my pedalo – I want to launch a cruise ship. I’ll warn everyone now, this is off the cuff; my usual posts are drafted a couple of times, even the short ones (I know they’re all short) and then I upload them when I’m happy. But thi

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