Articles tagged with: Michael Burtch

Why style over substance doesn’t really work when It comes to ads about HIV

published: August, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

:Michael Burtch with a look at The Impulse Group’s HIV campaign video “Knowing", featuring a serodiscordant couple’s attempts to make sex work

Why style over substance doesn’t really work when It comes to ads about HIV

The internet is abuzz with praise for the latest safer-sex campaign by L.A. based HIV/AIDS prevention advocates The Impulse Group and the marketing and branding company The Advisorie (who claim on their website that they get “really excited about two things: Business Strategy and Interior Design.”) who have produced a PSA (which they annoyingly refer to as a “film”) called “Knowing” about knowing/asking/telling your HIV status. The video (see below) has had over 162,000 views to

Festivals, Summits, and Conferences!

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

The Tattooed Activist talks about his busy work schedule in February and updates his readers on where he’s been hiding.

February has always been a busy time. During the shortest, coldest, month of the year the AIDS Committee of Ottawa hosts its annual health and wellness festival called Snowblower  which aims to decrease social isolation, build agency, and increase queer men’s knowledge around safer sex practices. I helped to organize, promote, and facilitate five specific events, even as I tried to manage my regular work commitments, which included hosting a HIV+ young men’s group called Chatter, and part

Everybody Is A Little Bit Racist

published: March, 22, 2012 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Events

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa roles out their 2012 Campaign.

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa has done a soft release of their 2012 campaign this month, with a hard release planned to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th. The campaign, which explores how blatant and internalized homophobia, racism, transphobia, and heteronormativity adversely impact the health and well-being of Ottawa’s queer community, was created to help draw links between systemic issues and health outcomes. Like two sides of a coin, one campaign specifica

Rallying The Troups Outside The Supreme Court Of Canada

published: February, 13, 2012 Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The Tattooed Activist once again delivers another emotional testimonial on the effects of HIV Criminalization.

On February the 8th I spoke at a rally outside the Supreme Court of Canada, while inside the court debated  the laws currently governing HIV disclosure. I joined a National call to action spearheaded out of Toronto and helped assemble three people living with HIV to talk about their own experiences trying to negotiate sex under an ill-defined law that has been inconsistently prosecuted by the courts.  Below is an excerpt from the speech that I delivered as part of the protest. I’ve spoken

PositiveLite.com’s Michael Burtch Interviews Ottawa Singer-Songwriter Jack Spinks!

published: February, 10, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Music

Brothers Through The Hill’s lead singer Jack Spinks talks about his new solo album, performing live, what feeds his song writing, and why everyone should get to choose their own name.

Over the last year, the buzz has slowly been building around Ottawa band Brothers Through The Hill, a four piece consisting of best friends James Walters, Chris Metcalfe, Pat Crosby, and lead singer and principle songwriter Jack Spinks. Beat Surrender blog has credited their 2011 debut album ’Adelaide’ with "fine song writing and smart melodic foot tapping tunes", while country blog fansite NineBullets commented that  “while Adelaide is a little less twangy than I normally enjoy, the st

Please Be Kind And Rewind : A Top 10 Year End Mix-Tape Playlist

published: January, 13, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle

Michael Burtch, The Tattooed Activist, reviews the last year in music, and shares what his most played and loved songs of 2011 were.

  I’ve never been a music snob, despite fancying myself a music aficionado, something of an artist, and an expert mix-tape giver. So I  was not surprised when I a quick review of my ‘most played’ songs on i-tunes revealed it wasn’t the critical darlings of 2011 like Lana Del Rey, Penguin Prison , and The Sound Of Arrows that dominated my i-pod last year, but rather it was the unabashed pop charms of Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne that ranked highest among  my ‘most play

HIV In The Mix: A Mix-Tape Playlist

published: January, 08, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Michael Burtch, The Tattooed Activist, shares with you the songs he listens too when trying to cope with having HIV.

  When I was first diagnosed as having HIV, I created a playlist on my i-pod of the most depressing songs imaginable. I’d stalk the streets of my downtown neighbourhood at night, doing a lot of mournful thinking, while passing under the glow of street lamps and neon signs with my head hung down and my hands tucked firmly in my pockets. I wanted my environment to match my mood, so I’d leave my brightly painted apartment and bubbly roommate behind, and follow the crumbling concrete sidewal

The Magnet Party Returns

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Events

The Tattooed Activist may have been absent from the blogosphere, but he hasn’t been missing in action. Learn what he’s been up to over the last three weeks in his latest post.

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

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

published: November, 10, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S King goes on the couch to try processing his recent break-up, talks with a friend then gives a nod to PositiveLIte.com

Divorce, Stress, HIV – and No Jokes

  This is a rather personal blog video, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even a little apprehensive because it doesn’t offer the usual helpful tips or the “entertainment value” of my other videos. But one of my problems has always been trying to be the life of the party when I’m not feeling it. So please allow me to offer you a different Mark than you might be used to, unplugged and exposed. The last few weeks have been tough, I won’t lie to you. My nine-year relationship came

Taking It Off In Time To The Music!

published: October, 27, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Activism

Michael Burtch shares with you his favourite songs for stripping!

The first time I ever took my clothes off onstage was for charity at Halloqueen 2, in support of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa  and the Village Initiative Project.  The events organizer, Glenn Crawford, was having trouble wrangling male volunteers to perform amateur burlesque, and emboldened by the fact that I had been hitting the gym regularly at the time with a personal trainer, I said yes when asked. I remember trying to calm my nerves beforehand by drinking Smirnoff Ice, and juggl

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