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The nearly naked AIDS advocate

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Features and Interviews, Performances, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews HIV science reporter and stripper Benjamin "Ben" Ryan.

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan)  When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was “just awful” for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside. Cue the vict

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

published: May, 23, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy just returned from Winnipeg Manitoba where he was participating in two back-to-back conferences - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part One)

obligatory view from hotel window "Why go? Most would say it’s a combination of taking advantage of huge opportunities for both learning and networking. Add in experiencing the attractions of a strange city, all paid for, and it can be an attractive proposition." I’m going to be describing what I learned from my two latest HIV conference experiences in Part Two of this article. But for now, and because the conference experience is so foreign to many, and I don’t want it to be, I’m go

Canada’s shame: its leading place in prosecuting people with HIV

published: May, 18, 2016 Categories // Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From the HIV/AIDS Legal Network “For many years, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has been resisting the overly broad criminalization of HIV in Canada — but now we are taking the campaign global.”

Canada’s shame: its leading place in prosecuting people with HIV

To its shame, Canada is one of the world leaders in the unjust prosecution of people living with HIV, with more than 180 people charged. In Canada, people living with HIV have faced charges of aggravated sexual assault, even in cases where no transmission occurs, or the risks of transmission are virtually zero. But this is an international epidemic of stigma and discrimination: according to the HIV Justice Network, an estimated 72 countries have laws specifically related to the criminalization

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

published: March, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Community Health Forum on March 16 is open to all

Learn about anal cancer in gay, bi and queer men

  Anal Cancer in Gay, Bi & Queer MenWednesday, March 16th, 7-9pm (6.30 pm light buffet) Ramada Plaza 309 Jarvis Street, Toronto The latest in defining the cancers, pre-cancers, screening, treatments and prevention. With Guest Speakers:Ron Rosenes HIV Community advocate and consultantDr. Irv Salit Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto Drop-ins are welcome, but in order to accommodate a more comfortable session we would ask for an RSVP to Rui Pires (email This email address is be

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

published: February, 12, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Events, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) - here’s their 12th Edition - Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?  Hosted by James Watson Wednesday, February 24th @ 2pm EST A research team can only be successful with well-trained peer researchers in any role (e.g. governance, data collection, analysis etc.). But, do we train for the task that one time or for a future? What future is there for peer researchers? This 12th edition of “What’s Hot” is all about training: Should we educate and build capacity beyond research skills? Is cert

Toronto’s OutNPoz growing by leaps and bounds

published: February, 03, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Activism, Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

When a social group grows from 180 to 430 members in one year you know something's right. And opportunities for Toronto poz gay guys to mix and mingle are growing further, says OutNPoz chair Scott Nickerson in this interview with Bob Leahy

Toronto’s OutNPoz growing by leaps and bounds

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com, Scott. I’ve wanted to meet you for ages but we’ve always just missed each other. Anyway, I want to start by asking the obvious question: what is the need that OutNPoz is filling? Scott Nickerson: Well, one of the concerns we have is that people living with HIV have become “clientized” – there are all kinds of services available through AIDS Service Organizations and such – but there is no one who focuses on the social aspect. We h

News from OutNPoz

published: February, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Want to know what’s going on at Toronto’s OutNPoz and how you can get involved?

News from OutNPoz

OutNPoz says . . . In addition to our inclusive social events, OutNPoz is thrilled to announce two new opportunities for Poz Gay Guys: PozNDating and PozNSexy. Register for a free meetup.com/quick_reg profile then join one or both of these new groups.  IMPORTANT: Name, face picture and disclosure of HIV+ status are required to participate in these groups. Leave HIV stigma in the past where it belongs. Come out meet new friends and have fun! meetup.com/pozndating is for Poz Men who are looki

What do dirty stories, a rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

published: January, 21, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch and the night his rabbi unexpectedly drops in on Brian’s deep dish, risqué storytelling event

What do dirty stories, a  rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

I’ve known my rabbi, Rabbi Ben, now for five years. He’s a little older than I am. A petit man, short buzzed grey hair with a small frame. Religiously he’s conservative and socially liberal. Like, be gay, but just be gay with a with nice Jewish boy. When I first met him I’d have to visit him once a month while I was on my path to conversion. I’d always feel awkward with him. He’s super nice and a smart guy. I’ll chalk it up to the “rabbi effect.” My friend’s husband is lik

Conflict lingers but CAS soldiers on

published: December, 08, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) had another difficult month, with stories in the LGBT press and its membership depleted. But CAS soldiers on as its leadership tries to turn things around. Bob Leahy reports

Conflict lingers but CAS soldiers on

190 O'Connor St in downtown Ottawa, the home of the Canadian AIDS Society, has seen almost as much drama this past month as has Parliament Hill, seat of the Federal Government of Canada, just up the street.  In an unprecedented chapter in the history of the Canadian AIDS movement the community has watched as three staffers blew the whistle on management and board amid calls from members for the removal of the Chief Executive Officer. That was followed by her subsequent resignation, the appo

A keynote speech from the heart

published: December, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

We asked Toronto’s David Stempowski, a “short term survivor living with HIV” to share his keynote speech at the Canadian AIDS Society’s recent World AIDS Day gala in Ottawa. We think it’s rather good.

A keynote speech from the heart

My name is David Stempowski. I am the Ontario Regional Director on the Board of the Canadian AIDS Society and this evening I have the honour to be your keynote speaker.  I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your attendance at this evening’s Gala and for your unwavering support and friendship in this fight against HIV that we battle together. Because I am also a short term survivor living with HIV. And I come to you this evening, not only in my role on the Board of the Canadi

Ontario Honour Roll Awards

published: November, 30, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com was at last week's reception in Toronto to honour this year’s three worthy inductees. Past honouree Bob Leahy reports

Ontario Honour Roll Awards

Tonight we tale a brief pause from our non-stop fight against HIV to congratulate key players and reflect on their individual and our collective efforts. Ontario has a rich history of outstanding work and personal sacrifice in this fight. Whether working in a laboratory or on the streets, in a board room or at a podium, providing a helping hand or listening ear, volunteering, mentoring or peforming, together  we are stronger and together we are making a difference.  Ontario AIDS Network Th

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

published: November, 20, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN): Leaders unite across Canada with community-based approaches to HIV and AIDS

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

Calgary, AB (November, 2015) – The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) proudly announces national Aboriginal leadership and their supporters will gather in Calgary, AB on December 1, 2015 to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015. It will be accompanied by workshops across the country (Ottawa, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Inuvik) to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada on November 30, December 2 – 5, 2015.  Every three hours a person is inf

Cool video from Peel HIV/AIDS Network

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto area AIDS Service Organization PHAN out-Beyoncés Beyoncé to draw attention to their World AIDS Day fundraising campaign – and issues a challenge to other agencies.

Cool video from Peel HIV/AIDS Network

A message from Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), serving Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, Ontario. PHAN is happy to share our exciting campaign  #PutARibbonOnIt  for this year WORLD AIDS DAY and wants you to get involved.   Wearing a Red Ribbon is an important symbol in the fight against HIV/AIDS and we are encouraging  the community to wear a Red Ribbon to show their support and solidarity. The fun does not end here… Check out the cool video that PHAN staff has worked on below Pret

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Fundraisers, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CANFAR announces their Toronto fundraiser Bloor Street Entertains, Canada’s largest fundraiser in support of HIV and AIDS research

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

On Wednesday, November 25th, Torontonians will come together to dine in style in support of Canadian AIDS Research.  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research’s (CANFAR) is hosting their annual event, Bloor Street Entertains.  Now in its 19th year guests will enjoy a culinary experience from Toronto’s top chefs in some of the city’s most exquisite boutiques, galleries and museums along the Bloor-Yorkville corridor. This unique and unforgettable evening begins with a seated dinner in

What’s hot with peer research assistants?” 10th Edition World AIDS Day Special

published: November, 13, 2015 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Community Events, Events, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV

The OHTN/University Without Walls invites you to "Peer’ Power: Celebrating the work of HIV peer researchers!"

What’s hot with peer research assistants?” 10th Edition World AIDS Day Special

Please join us for the “What’s Hot with PRAs?” 10th Edition, World AIDS Day special: "Peer Power: Celebrating the work of HIV peer researchers!" Hosted by James Watson & Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco Tuesday, December 1st @ 2pm On December 1st, we’ll celebrate the contributions of peer researchers everywhere, both past and present. Working at the frontlines of the HIV movement, we unite communities and build bridges while advancing knowledge and driving change. We are the driving fo

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