The last few weeks have been a busy time, work-wise. At the beginning of November I traveled to Vancouver for a week to attend the 7th Annual Gay Men’s B.C. Health Summit with the support of CATIE. I returned to Ottawa after that to participate in the Mister Leather Ottawa Competition as part of the opening number for the popular annual fetish wear event, and fundraised at the event in support of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa . I’ve been busy constructing a brochure to promote Chatter, the young gay men’s HIV+ support group I facilitate, and I’ve been working on creating campaign materials aimed at addressing internalized homophobia, sex-negativity, and racism within our own queer community.
This Saturday I re-launch The Magnet Party, a quarterly poz party started in June of last year that aims to reduce social isolation and depression among HIV+ men and create a safer space for disclosure, networking, and the accessing of educational materials about sexual health and well-being.
This quarter’s event is themed around sex-positivity, with the intention of exploring sexual rights as human rights, harm reduction techniques to reduce HIV transmission during sex, and advocating sex-positivity as vital to reducing our HIV rates and supporting our poz brothers. To do that I’ve enlisted the help of Montreal‘s Burlesque Troupe Glam Gam Productions, Ottawa’s Capital Tease Burlesque Troupe, Montreal’s DJ Rush'n Noiz!, and the new Mister Leather Ottawa 2012 Isaac Wesley! The Magnet Party takes place at Centretown Pub starting at 10pm. There is no cover.
Mr. Leather 2012 Isaac Wesley himself has his own fundraiser coming up at Centretown Pub, Stamping Out Hunger, in support of Bruce House on December the 4th starting at 4pm. If you’re in the area I urge you to check it out and bring with you a non-perishable food item to donate. If the cheap beer, tea dance, and charity angle isn’t enough of an incentive to get you to attend, the smouldering Mr. Leather promises not to disappoint with his choice of outfit.