Articles tagged with: gay

The Vanity Victims

published: June, 22, 2012 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R. says "In an age where the body beautiful has never been more admired; when is it time to give up dreams of being a pink Adonis and accept that what nature has given you has a value all of its own?"

The Vanity Victims

I happened to walk past the mirror the other day...er...actually, no I didn’t; there was nothing coincidental about it. I approached the mirror as I do most days, determined to find every blemish that had dared to raise its head and ruin my day. You’d really think that a 60’er wouldn’t give a damn any more wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, we may be sixty plus but us baby-boomers are still romping around Woodstock...in our minds! Anyway, today for the first time for some time, I really s

Homoerotic Underwear Ads, Part Two

published: June, 22, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says "we are not all about HIV. We have regular lives. Some of us even wear underwear. Some of us think images of scantily clothed men are - errmm - titillating."

Homoerotic Underwear Ads, Part  Two

You can read Part One in this series here.  You may ask why we occasionally feature  underwear ads on PositiveLite.com  - the answer is a resounding "duh"! Simply put, we are not all about HIV.  We have regular lives.  Some of us even wear underwear. Some of us think images of scantily clothed men are  - errmm - titillating. I remember going out to the bar, when I used to go out to bars, typically we did not wear underwear. It felt hot, a gay thing, somehow connected to the rituals of

Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

New writer Mirvan Ereon lives in the Phillipines. He is 21. He was diganozed in February 2012 with a CD4 count of just 2. Here is his story.

 Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

The Sex I was a freshman in college when I started sleeping around.  I was reckless and unsafe and did not make an effort to take care of myself. All I ever cared about was to be a hedonist. I slept around, indulged in debauchery and celebrated in my decadence. I was young, wild and free. I thought I was liberating myself, unshackled by the norms of society. I am the captain of my own ship. I thought my personal freedom would make me stronger. I thought it would make me more desirable. I me

Fragile, Handle With Care

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R. asks "In a world where you are more and more defined by the image you project and the profile you promote; how long is it before your true self becomes buried under a mountain of labels?"

Fragile, Handle With Care

"I’m not an object, or an idea or an abstract lifestyle, or visible proof of a disease; or any other dehumanizing concept, yet that’s how everyone is summed up and evaluated." I think I need to put this post in some sort of context, or else you’re going to get the wrong idea about me (more of that in a minute). I’m sitting here in front of the laptop, with my back aching, feet pulsing, calves tingling, muscles full of lactic acid and neck hurting. I haven’t mentioned that the soles

Terrified of AIDS

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Christopher Banks on the early days: “Death was out there waiting to claim me, and it terrified me more than any of the fictional boogeymen in the slasher films I lapped up as a teenager with an underdeveloped taste in cinema . .”

 Terrified of AIDS

 “ I look back now, at 34, and still can remember the overpowering fear that gripped me, even though my rational brain was screaming for attention that there was no possible way I could be HIV positive.  I knew I was in a monogamous relationship, my partner had recently been tested, and – the most pertinent piece of information – we hadn’t even had anal sex at that point.” In the closing moments of John Carpenter’s seminal horror film “Halloween”, having been terrorised by t

In the Swim of Things

published: June, 10, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Thinking about Speedos? Our style guy Philp Minaker says maybe, but there are a lot of other flattering options this summer.

In the Swim of Things

When it comes to swimwear there are plenty of options to chose from this season. Ideally, you want to find the style, fit and fabrication that best suits your needs. It is a great idea to have a few trunks on hand for the various occasions you may want to wear them. Whether it is for sport, pleasure or just to catch some rays there are styles that suit each purpose.  First, there is the Long Board swimming short popularized by the surfing dudes. Usually they are knee length and tend to hav

Being Gay and Same Sex Equality

published: May, 28, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on homophobia, religious bigots, same-sex marriage and gay duck behaviour

Being Gay and Same Sex Equality

Chances are if you are like me, involved in social media, following information about the LGBTQ community, same sex marriage and adoption and HIV issues then you’ve been up to your eyeballs in stupid quotes, claims and religious beliefs in outright myths. Just recently there was Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church, North Carolina, a guy who can’t seem to pronounce the word “against”, wants to see “lesbians and homosexuals” put in a field surrounded by an elec

There is no vaccine for HIV

published: May, 24, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Christopher Banks on Prep: "We want to give this to people who have nothing wrong with them at all? To stop them acquiring a virus that is already completely preventable by sliding a bit of latex over the end of your penis . . .?"

There is no vaccine for HIV

This post originally appeared on Bipolar Bear, and was written by Christopher Banks. Christopher Banks is a filmmaker, journalist and musician with experience of bipolar disorder. He has co-edited New Zealand's most popular magazine for HIV positive people, Collective Thinking, worked for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and the Access To Medicines Coalition, a lobby group calling for wider and increasing funding for antiretrovirals. He writes five times a week for his blog Bipolar Bear (www.b

Equality At Work

published: May, 24, 2012 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New immigrant Scott Foley has landed an office job at a major corporation which places an emphasis on diversity issues. Here’s his view of how LGBT inclusivity looks in this environment

A lot of companies talk a big game when it comes to diversity in the workplace but do they really understand the meaning of ‘diversity’? Off the back when I hear the word diversity I think of difference. It could refer to difference in religion, difference in political views and of course difference in sexual preference just to name a few. “Preference”- that word doesn’t sit too well with me but we’ll touch on that another time. My issue is with LGBT inclusivity in the workplace.

Time to evolve

published: May, 22, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter on same-sex marriage: “it isn’t just Obama’s support that makes me happy; it is that he is willing to “evolve” his opinion on the matter.”

Time to evolve

I still remember the first time I made a homophobic comment. I was probably about 10 years old. My mom told me that her best friend, Matthew, was gay. Upon hearing this, I imitated the kind of responses I had heard from my peers and retorted, “eww, gross.” My mom didn’t chastise me for saying this; she simply encouraged a little self-reflection by asking me a question: “why is it gross?” That simple question made my 10 year old self actually think about what I was saying, instead o

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