Activism

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

The shameless Mark S King pops the question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, can it be something to be proud of?

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

During my new video blog episode, below, someone asks me incredulously if I would actually march down the street telling people I was HIV positive. Well, actually, I would. And have. Many Gay Pride parades ago, in 1994, I marched while wearing a t-shirt that said “NO ONE KNOWS I’M HIV POSITIVE.” This was prior to the advent of protease inhibitors, when many were still dying. The shirt felt like an enormous “screw you” to the virus, to the body count, and to anyone who had a problem

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) June 3-6, 2018.

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

May 15, 2017: Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are pleased to announce that the planning process is underway for the third HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy to support repeal or modernization of laws criminalizing the alleged non-disclosure, perceived or potential exposure or transmission of HIV. The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue Univer

Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Applying for a community scholarship? What you should know. Bob Leahy says it can be a frustrating experience which often leads to the big NO. But, he says, keep trying as persistence can pay off

 Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

HIV conferences are not for everyone, but they can be empowering, educational and a great way to interact with other people living with HIV. For those community members – people living with HIV – who would like to attend, though, it’s not easy. Simply put our attendance costs money – for travel and accommodation in particular. If you are not employed in the sector, and even if you are, the way to get there is usually to apply for a community scholarship which will fund your attendance

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Shame is another virus on its own."

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

The best way to win a battle is to avoid what is being fought for. It sounds like a simple statement but has an immense impact. This is what has made me the person I am today: strong, courageous and optimistic. Many people have asked me why I always post HIV related issues and disclose my status publicly, I do it for a purpose. I know it is a very sensitive issue but the reason behind it is more significant than its sensitivity and that is why I talk about it like anything else, without fear.

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published: June, 25, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces

“Is apathy the new Canadian disease?” asks Dave R. In an age where anything and everything can be said on social media platforms, why don’t people react more to sometimes provocative articles on PositiveLite,com?

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“Lady gaga “speaks out” against bullying Macklemore “speaks out” against homophobia Kanye “goes on a rant” about racism. Kanye “goes on a rant” about George Bush.” Canadians are too polite to rant about anything! Adapted from thirstingaintdead  Okay, I know that’s going to offend some people. Canadian jokes? Really! However, my aim is to offend  - and hopefully to the point where people react, online and with passion. Writing for PositiveLite.com, a great site a

One man's fight against HIV stigma, expressed in verse.

published: November, 17, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Alex Sparrowhawk

HIV poetry by Alex Sparrowhawk " I’m Undetectable, non-infectious But telling some of you is fucking pointless."

One man's fight against HIV stigma, expressed in verse.

  The Seven-Year Itch    The early days weren’t the typical honeymoon period And I guess that’s because I saw the situation as serious Reading up on the facts and speaking to people Realizing there was no use in staying hateful Life carried on and it was pretty normal Meds and appointments never stopped me being cheerful   As the relationship with HIV and me got older My confidence grew and became bolder I looked to tackle the ridiculous enigma Of ignorance and fear we pic

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

published: January, 08, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King on the death of a leading American activist from “AIDS related causes”, a story which weaves activism, mental health, crystal meth addiction and finally treatment failure in to one compelling – and important – tale of our times

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

“My most courageous self, the best man that I’ll ever be, lived more than two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague… I miss the man I was forced to become.”  – “Once, When We Were Heroes,” 2007 AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980’s. It spared him that. The reprieve allowed Spencer’s brilliance as co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to forge new FDA guidelines for drug approval and help make effective HIV m

Like a CHAMP

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Ethno-racial community coalition showcases report on successful HIV stigma reduction intervention research

Like a CHAMP

Government statistics and research studies have consistently shown that racial minority and newcomer communities bear a disproportionate burden of HIV. Previous research also showed that HIV stigma and discrimination, and the lack of HIV champions within ethno-racial communities are critical barriers that undermine effective HIV prevention education and support amongst these communities. In response to these needs, the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), a coalition of over 30 leg

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ed Wolf: "Miracles happen, over and over and over again..."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

Photo by me of the home made time travel machine Day 36. Trust the street Thirty-six days since the United States got Trumped, 36-days of questions, over and over: What to do? How to hold up? When to let go? Where to push back? Who to read and who to listen to? And still the nagging question: “How did it happen?” I walk the streets, looking for answers, and come across this Time Machine. I stop. Somebody put five cents down and jumped through. Where are they now? On hold somewhere, waiti

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

AIDS history turns another page

published: March, 14, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton writes, with Nancy Reagan’s death, on “The End of the Reagan Era”

AIDS history turns another page

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.  While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community. For many who are positive, this marks a step forward. A farewell to an ideology that was responsible for thousands of deaths, both men and women, devastated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.  It’s an image that remains vivid for so ma

The future/now for queer/trans* health

published: July, 17, 2013 Categories // Activism, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific

Robert Birch goes to British Columbia’s CampOUT!, a program of workshops and activities in a camp setting for queer and trans youth to discover their community, themselves and their health needs

The future/now for queer/trans* health

 “I’ve gone from being the butt of everyone’s jokes to being everyone’s friend until proven otherwise.”  This gentle fifteen-year-old trans* youth needs allies but lives in a culture of bullies. As a middle aged cisgender gay man who has survived his bullies, I continue to learn how to become a more effective ally. On a small west coast gulf island during the Canada Day weekend a new world opened up for 58 queer and trans* youth and two young straight identified allies. Thirty on-

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Art, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Canada to take the lead in rethinking drug policy?

published: April, 20, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports Canadian civil society calls for federal action on global drug policy with a 10-point plan for healthy drug policy released before UN General Assembly drugs forum

Canada to take the lead in rethinking drug policy?

TORONTO, April 18, 2016 — One hundred Canadian civil society organizations are calling on the Canadian federal government to champion progressive and evidence-based drug policy positions at this week’s world forum on drugs. Spearheaded by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), this civil society groundswell is asking federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott to adopt and promote a series of 10 recommendations in her role as head of the Canadian d

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

GNP+ reports global key population networks stand in solidarity with U.S. activists

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

We, the Bridging the Gaps alliance of global key population constituency networks, represented by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men and HIV (MSMGF), recognize that we are at a pivotal moment in our fight for the human rights of key populations and people living wi

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