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CPPN marches on

published: October, 23, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the financial support provided to CPPN/RCPS by PositiveLite.com

CPPN marches on

It’s been a good few months for Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) . Formed just this past summer as a response to the lack of a community-based voice for people living with HIV across Canada, It seems to be everywhere. Its members were active in securing a place on the national stage at IAS 2015 in Vancouver and in helping draft a position paper on the rights of people living with HIV. Since then CPPN has issued an election call plac

AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates its 30 year anniversary

published: October, 14, 2015 Categories // Events

Philip Dawson was in the nation’s capital to report on ACO’s 30 year anniversary celebration

AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates its 30 year anniversary

In our nations' capital city where high politics and manoeuvering may take your attention sits an humble and thankful AIDS Committee of Ottawa, placing its emphasis on the community it serves with every amount of energy members, loved ones and staff can create each day.  Every once in a while there is an event to share, a story to tell, a rich and blessed time which will form the basis for many memories  ACO - XXX  The AIDS Committee of Ottawa is 30 years old and celebrated the remarkabl

Art with Heart

published: September, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto’s Casey House announces Art With Heart, its annual contemporary art auction and reception on October 6, 2015, raising essential funds so that it can provide inspired HIV/AIDS care

Art with Heart

(left) Artist: Stephen Andrews ? 2014 watercolour crayon on mylar 36″ x 24″ Courtesy of: Paul Petro Contemporary Art Donated by: The Artist Toronto’s Casey House with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group announces Art With Heart, the annual contemporary art auction and reception on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge Stree, Toronto), raising essential funds for the organization’s yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives. Tickets for the event are on sale now at ww

Living with HIV in Toronto? Come out and hear about your new organization and its goals

published: September, 21, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)/ Réseau Canadien des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) an independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada, invites you to . .

Living with HIV in Toronto? Come out and hear about your new organization and its goals

 . . . . a community press conference for our pre-election statement, followed by a Toronto community meet-and-greet for people living with HIV / HIV co-infections  It’s time to put people living with HIV and the community back to the forefront of Canada’s HIV movement! LOCATION: The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Room 201 DATE: Friday, September 25, 2015 TIME: - Press Conference (Open to Community Members, Partner Organizations & Media) 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm  - Special Gue

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

published: August, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Revolving Door, Music, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Guest writer Shazia Islam on Tim Bartsch who will be performing songs from his rock opera Southern Time at the Musideum in Toronto on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. accompanying himself on cello and piano, with excerpts from his story

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

photo credit www.butterstudios.ca. Tim Bartsch has joined the ranks of other survivors and thrivers living with HIV in Toronto, Canada after driving across the country in spring 2015 from Vancouver. Toronto is not new to Bartsch, who has made the same move two previous times within a span of eight years.  Bartsch said, after his close call with death due to AIDS-related opportunistic infections that started during his second stay in T.O. back in 2009, he felt he had a new lease on life and

All great change begins at the dinner table

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Activism, Fundraisers, Events, International , Living with HIV, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk finds himself a guest speaker at a major Terrence Higgins Trust fundraising dinner with Stephen Fry

All great change begins at the dinner table

It’s a Sunday evening and I’m laid across the entire sofa attempting to watch a movie but my brain is well and truly caput. Usually this would be due to a hangover from a Saturday night out but today it’s because I’m feeling really tired from a hectic, exhilarating and amazing few days.  It all started back in March when an email from Terrence Higgins Trust landed in my inbox, a few exchanges and calls later and I had agreed to take part in a very special annual event, the Terrence H

My first Pride Parade

published: June, 05, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Pride, Gay Men, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow didn’t come out until later in life – and so his first venture to Toronto Pride in the 90s was, he says, “mind-blowing”,..

My first Pride Parade

When you come out of the closet thinking you are, maybe, one in a hundred thousand and see that its more like one in ten or less, its amazing. To attend Pride is just mind-blowing to see how many of us there are in this wonderful community. I’m not positive on what year it was that I attended my first Toronto Pride Parade but hopefully these photos will prompt someone to leave a comment to tell me. I’m thinking it was 1996 or 97?   I have written before about coming out at the age of

June 5, 2015 is the second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivors Awareness Day

published: May, 26, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Aging, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

It's created in San Francisco by Let’s Kick Ass to recognize and honour those living longest with HIV, and to spotlight the present-day intricacies of survival while aging with HIV

June 5, 2015 is the second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivors Awareness Day

Press release: San Francisco, CA—The second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (NHALTSAD) is Friday, June 5, 2015. Let’s Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome created the awareness day in 2014 to recognize and honor those living longest with HIV. NHALTSAD spotlights the present-day intricacies of survival while aging with HIV. It also stresses the importance of keeping those older adults without HIV from acquiring it.  This year’s theme is “Every Survivor Counts

What have I gotten myself into?

published: April, 29, 2015 Categories // Activism, Events, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Rodney Rousseau didn’t even have a bike. But now he’s in training for a 600 kilometer bike ride from Toronto to Montreal in aid of the Toronto PWA Foundation. Here’s his story

What have I gotten myself into?

This summer I’ve decided to embark on a life-changing adventure. In July I’ll be riding my bicycle 600 kilometers from Toronto to Montreal and raising money to support the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.  Now in its 17th year, the annual Friends for Life Bike Rally isn’t new information to those in the HIV loop of Toronto, but it is new to me. Since I was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2013 this is the first I’ve been involved in any fundraiser of this sort. With my adventure having

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

published: April, 28, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, Events, Music, Living with HIV

And so is the Morning After Brunch hosted by jade Elektra (DJ Relentless) on May 17, all in aid of the Toronto PWA Foundation

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

 And here are the links to the event pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/396280447243478   https://www.facebook.com/events/1561562224106866

Better Brothers

published: April, 09, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Events, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA Guy Kengi reports in on Better Brothers, an organization created to provide spaces for Black gay men to network, socialize and be BETTER – at life, love and community

Better Brothers

Better Brothers Los Angeles has been around for a little more than a year and has provided an outstanding array of social events to its members and supporters, but Saturday, March 28th at the historic Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles they raised the bar with the Truth Awards, their first grand gala event. Better Brother Los Angeles was founded by Scott Hamilton, Vincent Holmes and Elton Wise. From the beginning the organization has grown and been embraced. It was created because there were “no

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

published: April, 02, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A moment in our history. Expelled from New York's GMHC in the 80s for his overly aggressive tactics, Larry Kramer returned last month to be honoured with a Lifetime Activism Award. Bob Leahy reports.

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

Kelsey Louie (left) and Larry Kramer at 2015 GMHC Spring GalaPhoto credit: Matthew McDermott I’ve always liked Larry Kramer. Not unreservedly, 100% liked, because that degree of acceptance, with a man like this, is hard to pull off. But I’ve liked him a lot. Not because he graciously allowed me to interview him for PositiveLite.com a few years back but because he is lively and literate and impassioned – and angry. “The angriest gay man in the world” is what he has been called. That

Everybody hurts……sometimes

published: March, 29, 2015 Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on the impact of the n-word, reaching out to those undergoing hard times, and with news of a POZ-TO event April 5 in Toronto. A new brunch event too!

Everybody hurts……sometimes

So, what would you do if your husband came to you while you were working and told you that a mutual friend that you only knew from facebook was just taken away for assaulting the black female security guard at the door of the club that you are at? And in the assault the person used the word "nigger"? Do you delete that person and move on? Or do you try to find out their side of the story.  Now, I knew this person was openly out as HIV-positive, an animal lover and a sweet guy. I had run into

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

We post an ACT webinar exploring the experiences of older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV that includes two case studies and a discussion of programs and policies affecting this population in Canada.

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

Concerns about the well-being of older adults living with HIV is an emerging issue in Canada and around the world. Before the introduction in 1996 of effective anti-retroviral therapies, most people living with HIV did not expect to live long lives. This meant that, for the most part, community-based organizations did not have to concern themselves with the needs of older people living with HIV. Now, however, provided they are diagnosed and treated in time, people living with HIV can long, he

Storming the cathedral

published: March, 06, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Events, International , Television, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and the 1989 ACT Up protest that saw angry demonstrators enter St. Patrick's Cathedral In New York during Mass and disrupt the service - and the drama that followed, including footage of their later appearance on the Phil Donahue TV show

Storming the cathedral

On December 10, 1989 ACT UP demonstrated both inside and outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, the building a bastion of Catholicism. Five thousand people, says ACT UP’s website, protested the Roman Catholic Archdiocese's public stand against AIDS education and condom distribution, and its opposition to a women's right to abortion.   As protesters jostled with police outside, a few dozen entered the cathedral, interrupted Mass, chanted slogans or lay down in the aisles. One pr

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