Articles tagged with: June 2012

Getting Tested BLOWS

published: June, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick guests with more of “Let’s Talk About Sex… And Let’s Try To Keep the Cliché’s to a Minimum “

Getting Tested BLOWS

This article first appeared on the blog of AIDS New Brunswick here.  We’ve talked about the importance of Language and Environment, and how There are No Stupid questions, now let's take that information and apply it more practically. Let’s talk about getting tested, and knowing your status. Getting tested is a crucial component in preventing the spread of HIV, and other STI’s and Blood Born Pathogens. Being self-aware allows a person to take charge of their body and make informed life

Amra Ki Etoi Bhinno....Are we so different.

published: June, 25, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Movie review. Devan Nambiar reports in on "a phenomenal sensitive document on Hijra and Bisexual/Gay community of Bangladesh.”

Amra Ki Etoi Bhinno was recently screened at the Kashish 2012, 3rd Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India's (and South Asia's) biggest Queer Film Festival. It was awarded 'The Best Documentary Short Film 2012' at the screening. Kashish 2012 was held in Mumbai, India, and featured 120 films from 30 countries. The movie is 37 minutes long. You can see the entire documentary below. This movie offers us a rare glimpse into the lives of gay and bisexual men and transgender women living in

Laughing for Pride & July 4th at Slacks. Come join me!

published: June, 25, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Pride Night at Slacks June 27 & July 4th, Hosting for my first time! Come out and support.

Laughing for Pride & July 4th at Slacks. Come join me!

It’s here folks! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was preparing for last year’s Pride. How things have changed in a space of year. I’m Jewish. I’m a comic. Gone are the activist days, and I’m so fucking happy. If I hear one more person seriously try to tell my why I have to say all the letters in LGBT……. I will barf. This happened about two weeks ago. People, wake up! I don’t give a shit. I don’t even want to give a shit. I just want to have fun. I now shun people w

What does Pride Mean to You?

published: June, 24, 2012 Categories // Activism, Pride, Events

Scott Foley pops the question that we ask ourselves every year.

With Pride Toronto 2012's big parade one week away, it’s no surprise that the LGBT community is taking over all forms of media. After all, it is the largest gay parade in North America. In fact it’s the largest parade in North America PERIOD.  All this coverage has prompted me to ask myself what does pride mean to me? For me, it’s a time of remembrance, celebration and freedom.  Not forgetting the fabulous parties, higher than normal levels of alcohol consumption, gorgeous men and ran

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

published: June, 23, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker remembers the artist who made a deep impression on so many in our community.

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

In this day and age of instant stardom, over-hyped comebacks and tabloid fodder, the loss of a true talent that refused to be a part of the fame game is indeed a great loss. I can’t think of any other artist that managed to slip in and out of the spotlight, on their own terms, without capitalizing on their prior successes or personal struggles. She kept her private life and those she loved from being exploited, relying solely on her passion to share her love of music. Her estimated worth upo

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, 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 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  - 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

Telling Him I’m Positive

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

MT O’Shaughnessy: “So as I kissed this man I confronted one of my bigger boogie-men and took a moment to lean back. Look at him. And despite only having exchanged a few random kisses, told him I’m poz.”

There is an interesting convergence of issues in this moment, I think as I run my hand along the back of a man’s neck and pull him in for a second kiss.  But then.  Almost every kiss is a coalescing of stories into a lovely experience of timelessness.  Or at least, it is if you’re doing it right.  And even if one of those stories happens to be “I saw him five minutes ago across the bar in something sexy”.  Specifically? I was flashing through the last few years of my life.  Due

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

I’m sure you mean well…

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Denis Robinson on well meaning people who offer advice but know very little . .

 . . . And everything you say is meant with good intentions and not in any way meant to upset or undermine, however there are times it just comes across as presumptuous and patronizing. I am talking about people who when entering discussions with people who on a daily basis manage chronic conditions decide that it’s wise to enlighten us or question our methods of managing these conditions.  The actual condition that the person being lectured has is almost irrelevant; it could range from

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