Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler

“I’ve returned to my love for words. Twenty year’s pursuit of connection with my Realized Self, presented in mysticism and Eastern Practices, informs my writing. My intention? To expand consciousness of both self and the audience. 

Life's learning? Life’s zenith rollercoaster is normal. There’s nothing wrong. Surprise. Single with Pets.”

Denns lives in Toronto, Ontario and has been living with HIV since 2013.

My new friend

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler honours Shanti's life and faces a new diagnosis.

My new friend

“And now its Wed. Tue was another day from the Hellien Gods. Centered around my new bodily curiousity the nature of which is too delicate for my demure conversational boundaries.” … as written to an older female friend earlier today. Thoughts change quickly. Well, fuck demure. As I wrote to another friend, David: "Re: sex - I doubt it will happen again in my lifetime. When I think of it, sex fucked up my life. As you said, “So much disease with sex.” And do we really pay attention?

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on dealing with the uncertainty that arises when someone we love is threatened.

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

... we had a visit from Pat (no writing group for me today). Shanti was quite normal except for heavy breathing. Tried various food, he did eat some - crazy combination of tuna and plain cookie. Brief walk to Pet Valu where he enthusiastically pleaded staff for treats and won. His breathing is way too laboured.  Posted pics to FB of his pre-vet visit state and post- vet visit state, with Pat warmly and lovingly spooning him the tuna-cookie treat of the day.  Spoke with my friend Kari in

The last question: could we possibly be human again?

published: May, 16, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

There's big money and status in HIV stigma. Dennis Battler writes about the sly ways the HIV-positive are marginalized and rendered invisible in gay media.

The last question: could we possibly be human again?

Photo: Jeff Stroud I follow Kevin Sessums on Facebook, a successful American author. Candidly speaking of his life as a former participant in The Factory of Andy Warhol, a “gay emeritus of the Vanity Fair staff”, and subsequent positions in media with unabashed personal trials and tribulations of being a gay man from the south moving in celebrity circles of stage, TV, fashion and media. A published author, his first memoir in 2007 “Mississippi Sissy” and “I Left It On The Mountain:

Seeking decompression

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler: "My efforts in the gay community, in the self-development community and in the spiritual community occurred in a context of self-sacrifice, martyrdom and self-denial, foundational tenets of Christendom. Not this time."

Seeking decompression

Of the four options offered by online dictionary defining the word decompression, I choose #4, “• a surgical procedure that relieves excessive pressure on an internal part of the body such as the cranium or spinal cord.” The innate desire to fit in, to be accepted, welcomed and wanted remains a desire present in every person to varying degrees if we were to be honest. It is the main stay of psychoanalysis, religion, sociology, government, society, education, sports entertainment and th

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a "Seq Worker". But what does he mean?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on how staying sane takes work

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a

Asked recently how I spend my time, a clear simple answer was hardly suitable. Yet to offer an accurate statement would take the entire evening. Spending the next few days pondering a succinct reply, irony speaks most loudly in my ear. Ready for the next time this question comes up, "Seq Worker" will be the response. Confusing and throwing the inquirer off balance – off balance because, firstly they would have to admit they know the term; secondly because they would be astonished to be in t

The Holiday Horror Show – The Long Haul

published: December, 14, 2016 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

As his first post for PositiveLite.com, Dennis Battler recounts tales of Christmas past and the difficulty of coming out poz to family at such a time.

The Holiday Horror Show – The Long Haul

As a kid wandering the Plaza – we’re talking pre-mall years – I’d run into Santa handing out candy canes to other children – "other" being the operative word. Being the son of the Candy Shop Maven did not, in my world, preclude me from being given a candy cane by Santa. Plaza-Santa apparently did. Sensitive, bright and abundantly precocious, I experienced this prejudiced exclusion as a direct personal attack. Being denied a candy cane, excluded from the world of myth and legend, by S