Articles tagged with: HIV

SPIN at Buddies at Bad Times Theatre

published: March, 17, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews - and recommends - an odd but engaging new musical SPIN about The Bicycle as Muse, Musical Instrument and Agent of Social Change

SPIN at Buddies at Bad Times Theatre

It was hard to know what to expect. A show with lesbian overtones about the history of the bicycle and its impact on society sounds distinctly odd fare. Fringe theatre at its fringiest, perhaps, not entirely accessible to this gay guy who hasn’t ridden a bike in years? In truth, it’s nothing of the sort. SPIN is engaging, accessible, quirky fun which holds your interest for all of its ninety minutes. Buddies  cabaret space stage is a steampunk concoction of props, and musical ins

The Politics Of Dancing: Part 1 - Updated March 17, 2011

published: March, 17, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Michael Burtch asks “what does classicism, homophobia, sexism, racism and a bucket load of other social evils look like under the disco lights?”

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution”, attributed to Emma Goldman, is one of my favourite misquotes because, while dance might be the ultimate expression of freedom, and song the highest form of communication, she is warning us all, both can be politicized, and robbed of their joy. The medium of music and dance can be used to bolster social conservatism and capitalist values, instead of the anarchy, the “beautiful ideal”, and the “radiant thing”, that Goldman took po

GOD IS SO GOOD – A YouTube Disaster Movie - March 16, 2011

published: March, 16, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Danny Miller speaks out against that crank YouTube video thanking God for all but destroying Japan

Just when I thought I had seen it all - BAM! WACK! SMACK! Hello YouTube video entitled “God Is So Good!!!” posted by tamtampamela (see below). Now dear sweet Pamela from Tampa has got herself some good ole religion. Yep, this woman is a Bible-beating, hellfire and brimstone-breathing psychopath. And that is putting it nicely. Now don't get me wrong: I have no problem with people and their religious beliefs; to each their own. It's not my bag, but hey, it's a free country, right? I fu

Getting Engaged Part Two: four ways to say YES to GIPA (Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS)

published: March, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In the second of a two part series on GIPA, Bob Leahy offers four suggestions to better engage people living with HIV/AIDS

Getting Engaged Part Two: four ways to say YES to GIPA (Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS)

Last week I wrote about the Denver Principles, GIPA and the degree to which HIVers in Ontario are engaged with the HIV/AIDS community. To recap, statistically the majority of them are not. Of the 17,000 or so Ontarians who are HIV-positive and know it, only 5,000 or so are using the service of an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) which right now is the only measure that’s available to record HIVer engagement. Of course counting the number of HIVers entering the doors of an ASO says little abou

National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS Youth (NAYCHA) Research Statement.

published: March, 15, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

This direction is a result of “Aboriginal Youth Doing Research” session at Wise Practices III in Halifax, NS, March 9, 2011 YOUTH IN RESEARCH = PART OF THE SOLUTION

National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS Youth (NAYCHA) Research Statement.

YOUTH IN RESEARCH = PART OF THE SOLUTIONThe National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV & AIDS offers the following guidelines : Aboriginal Youth want to be actively leading research, not just being the subjects Aboriginal Youth ask that the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) offer experiences to participate in research projects, research committees, and community based journals Aboriginal Youth ask to be involved in International Indigenous HIV and AIDS initiatives CAAN spotlight

My Band-AID Guardian Angel

published: March, 15, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Brian Finch

No matter how big of a pickle I’m in, there has always been what I call my guardian angel

My Band-AID Guardian Angel

When I travel I’ve gotten myself into a few binds. It’s one of the joys of traveling; just ask those who are stuck in Tokyo trying to get out. It’s really a crapshoot where the outcome is never known until it is either happening, or a distant memory. No matter how big of a pickle I’m in, there has always been what I call my guardian angel. Sometimes I’m helped in small ways, others a lot. One example of a what I call a "micro-angel" moment was in Brussels a few years ago. While takin

Who’s the Wrench and What’s the Machinery?

Please welcome Megan DePutter as our newest contributor to PositiveLite.com

Who’s the Wrench and What’s the Machinery?

Thank God I’m finally blogging for Positive Lite. Finally all those rants I write over and over in my head will have a place to go.  Too political, edgy and controversial for our blog at ACG (where I try to stick to sexual health messages and event postings) and too off base for my personal blog (belonging to another sub-culture entirely), I have nowhere else to deliver my passionate, often angry, often anal, opinions on just about everything that goes on in this dynamic field of HIV&am

Whores In The Media

published: March, 15, 2011 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch says "The U.K.’s Attitude Magazine has long been my ’gay bible’, a progressive, sometimes satirical, politically relevant, health and wellness conscious read from the United Kingdom. However . . . .

. . . . December’s Sex Issue was one of the most whore-phobic, HIV-phobic, inaccurate, and infuriating reads of my life!""To start with, the cover features twelve sex workers, but inside each is given only a few sentences to comment on the struggles, joys, benefits, and love of their work. Instead primarily celebrities and  porn consumers are asked to comment, debate, and theorize on work they have never performed! Editor Mathew Todd sets the offensive tone earl

Who knows exactly WHEN they were infected?

published: March, 14, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Montrealer Ken Monteith refuses to speculate who was the source of his HIV infection, but still wonders about when it happened

Who knows exactly WHEN they were infected?

I started this blog as the story of one person’s experience of living with AIDS, shortly after the ninth anniversary of my diagnosiis. The story starts with my diagnosis and a refusal to speculate on the source of my infection. I find myself less and less satisfied with that as a starting point, as my baseline CD4+ count attests to the fact that it all started long before that. But when? I want to be very careful not to turn this revision into a search for someone on whom to lay blame. I don

Global Fusion emerges as a trend in what to wear

published: March, 12, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker, our style guy, says “Fashion Designers have taken us on a variety of journeys around the world with their interpretations of diverse cultures and ethnic references in the past”

Global Fusion emerges as a trend in what to wear

Trends in Fashion are either subtle nuances, like tie or lapel widths, or statements that represent the times in which they were popular (Mod, Grunge, Preppy). As we delve into this new decade there seems to be a trend that is slowly emerging among the current slew that may have some longevity of its’ own. Fashion Designers have taken us on a variety of journeys around the world with their interpretations of diverse cultures and ethnic references in the past. Combining several reference poin

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