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Free Public Legal Education Workshops October and November 2016

published: October, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Events, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Complete your legal tool kit for living with HIV

Free Public Legal Education Workshops  October and November 2016

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Toronto. (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): HIV Disclosure and the Law: Criminal and Public Health Issues workshop, on Thursday October 27, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter Ryan Peck (HALCO Executive Director and Lawyer) Canadian Immigration: Sponsoring Your Family workshop, on Tuesday November 8 from 1

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh with a profile of David D. K. Soomarie, the face of HIV in Trinidad and Tobago.

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

On September 24, realize, Canada’s national organization that fosters positive change for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities — formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) — held its annual Forum. The subject this year was Coming of Age: Exploring our Collective Response to HIV and Aging. In the past few years, medical science has provided us with the knowledge to drastically improve the health and extend the lives of people livin

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

published: September, 26, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports on this past weekend’s forum from the organization formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

Rob Olver with Tammy Yates For me, a young man of 62 who was diagnosed days before retirement, this conference was one that I didn't want to miss, as it would present a rare overview not only of our current response to HIV and aging, but of the data which might inform that response in the future.  I also witnessed the dawn of a new era. It was good to see the organization formerly known as CWGHR transform before our eyes last Friday night at a well attended reception at Toronto Courtyard Ma

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Miguel Torres' experience volunteering at Toronto Pride 2016 lays bare the many racial and cultural divides our community suffers, as well as the need for bridges.

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

Please note that this piece was written during September 17 and 18 and is not a response to Toronto Pride's statement of September 20. "In a large number of societies, being brown still means occupying that middle space, on the cusp of whiteness and on the edge of blackness." Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown. Lead up to the parade I signed up as a volunteer for the recent Pride parade in Toronto two days after the massacre in Orlando. News reports had come out that there were some who feared joinin

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

published: September, 11, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Events, John McCullagh

This annual fundraiser took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, to benefit ACT. Here are some photos of the event.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, af

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Youth, Events, Spirituality, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A report on Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) 2016

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

It was at the Canadian Aids Society's Pozitive Youth forum in 2015 when Piotr Burek, one of the organizers of Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP), met a positive person from his generation for the very first time. For seven years since he tested positive, he had not had the opportunity to meet a positive peer his age. The empowering feelings of connecting with peers at the forum, something he yearned to experience for years, was one of the reasons we, as organizers of Yout

Close for comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and grief

published: September, 06, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Events, Mental Health, Research, Upcoming Events, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What's hot with Peer Researchers?The OHTN's Universities Without walls presents an online talk show hosted by James Watson

Close for comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and grief

What’s Hot with Peer Researchers? Close for Comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and griefhosted by James WatsonWednesday, September 28th, 2pm-3pm EST In HIV research we work with peer researchers because of the high value placed on lived experience, their connection to the HIV community and their prime role as cultural interpreters. Working as a peer researcher and with peer researchers brings closeness and a coming to terms with joy and resilience as well as vulnerability to

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

published: July, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

"You can't fund an attitude change," says Health Minister. From the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, Charlie Tredway reports from AIDS 2016

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

There is a lot about this session that I adored and that moved me immensely so I will start with what went right. This session was organized and lead by 52 young people from 15 different countries who banded together to creatively share challenges and perspectives on making sure that their views and their vision was more than just the token "youth voice on a panel or a board" that is so often the case. This combined with an incredibly exhilarating and joyous percussive opening that flowed in

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

published: July, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Events, Research, Women, Health, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

The final installment of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016: HIV advocates from around the world and dancing with no pants.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016) has been inspiring to say the least, but it's also hard work. What better way to unwind than the No Pants No Problem Dance Party, organized by Canada's Jessica Whitbread. Next, for this final installment of Mark's video coverage from AIDS2016 Mark speaks with teenage HIV advocates, grandmothers who care for children orphaned by HIV and a sexually explicit HIV prevention campaign. He also speaks with a team from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the ne

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Events, Travel, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Pride, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Jason Cole, Opinion Pieces

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do. During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-­in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

published: July, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events

CPPN/RCPS announce their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Canadian Positive People Network: reports in on AGM and new board

A message from CPPN/RCPS Following a very successful first anniversary celebration and our inaugural Annual General Meeting on July 6th, we have some important news to share with you. The CPPN’s Interim Managing Director was appointed: Jeff Potts agreed to accept this volunteer position and is already working hard to support the CPPN’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and to support the CPPN’s members. Jeff will connect with all of you in the coming weeks to share more deta

Canadian AIDS Society and Canadian Positive People Network fail to agree

published: May, 31, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

CPPN explains why they recently turned down a partnership offer from CAS and passed on attending the CAS Forum for people living with HIV and the CAS AGM in Winnipeg

Canadian AIDS Society and Canadian Positive People Network fail to agree

Readers will know that the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has had a turbulent year. It’s one that included a whistleblowing incident by three of its staff members, the resignation of its former ED, the loss of several founding member organizations and the controversial appointment of a new Executive Director. Add to that a substantial operating loss for the year and new ED Gary Lacasse has had his hands full. But he is determined to pull through with a new strategic plan, a break-even budg

After Alabama… just one perspective

published: May, 30, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Jeff Potts, Living with HIV

Jeff Potts reports back on the "HIV is not a crime" training academy for those advocating against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

After Alabama… just one perspective

Once a trusted advisor to the President of the United States, Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela was convicted of an alleged aggravated assault for HIV exposure in 2012, and he spent 272 days in a military prison. Kerry Thomas is living with HIV and an undetectable viral load. Even though he used condoms, and despite the fact that he never transmitted HIV, Kerry was convicted for non-disclosure of his HIV-positive status and was sentenced to 30 years in the Idaho State Correctional Cent

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