Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Born in Jamaica in 1958. Emigrated to Canada in 1972.  Advocate for gay rights from 70’s. Has held various positions with provincial, municipal and federal governments in Canada. Diagnosed HIV+ in 1984, recommitted to battling HIV discrimination and stigma.

Has volunteered with various AIDS Service Oranizationss in Toronto; presently attached to Fife House as facilitator for volunteer training and Peer KTE officer. Also facilitates at the OHSUTP (Ontario HIV and Substance Use Program). 

He continues to advocate for human rights especially where it impacts Black and gay issues. He sits on the GIPA/MIPA committees of BlackCAP and Fife House as well as the OAN (Ontario AIDS Network) Board of Directors. 

Bibliophile and lover of TV, movies and film especially action and Sci-fi

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

On "self-imposed social inactivity".As 2017 opens, Colin Johnson knows where he is and what he'd like to see, even though the future looks cloudy.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

I haven’t written for a while. Sorry Bob, it's not because I can’t think of a topic; quite the contrary there are so many topics. For example, I kept agreeing with the consensus that 2016 sucked. However, in re-examining the year, I’m forced to admit that as a Long-Term Survivor (LTS) it was no different than the last ten years. I lost friends. I’m still on disability which really limits one’s life possibilities. There’s a sense of depressing regularity which naturally I counter w

Memories, moments and MIPA

published: October, 26, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Colin Johnson with an opinion piece on the AIDS sector in Ontario and how it got that way.

Memories, moments and MIPA

At a recent interaction at an ASO (AIDS Service Organization) I was informed by the client service representative that my ID number was one of the lowest he’d seen. That got me reminiscing over the years that have passed but more about the changes that I’ve witnessed in the organizations that were created to serve us. I’m writing from the perspective of a long term survivor (LTS) diagnosed in 1984, a black gay male living in Toronto who’s been/still am a client, volunteer and employee

I’ve Got A Secret

published: September, 23, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV

"Not getting a hard-on when getting blown and so on can and does impact the scene," says PositiveLite.com's newest contributor, Colin Johnson

I’ve Got A Secret

Pssst – I’ve got a secret but you’ve got to pinky-swear not to tell anyone, please. It’s embarrassing! I don’t talk about it. I’ve started the article like this because the topic is hard (no pun intended) to write and yet in hindsight it's somewhat childish, the way we refuse to speak about it. We don't admit that it’s an issue for men in general, earth-shattering for gay men, confusing and depressing for all men and especially for those living with HIV. If we do talk about it,

HIV is an apt teacher

published: August, 29, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From Toronto, new author Colin Johnson on some of the life lessons his HIV journey has taught him

HIV is an apt teacher

It was on April 20th 1984, at 3:24 pm in Toronto, Ontario at my regular check up that my family doctor (a friend of my father’s) informed me that I had tested positive for HIV and that he could no longer be my physician.  I was aware of the horror stories in the media emanating from the US: pictures of young men wasting away from unpronounceable cancers, skin disorders, brain diseases and dying, many alone, having been disowned by their families. Many families were finding out for the fir