Articles tagged with: activism

After a period of tumult, CPPN resets with a new board and big hopes for the future

published: May, 19, 2017 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports: Canada’s national organization for people living with HIV, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), regroups with new officers, funding on the horizon and fresh hopes

After a period of tumult, CPPN resets with a new board and big hopes for the future

Fresh start In a widely circulated press release the Canadian Positive People Network, (CPPN), today attempted to put past troubles behind them.  “The current leadership team acknowledges that the CPPN is faced with many governance and operational priorities and considers this its opportunity to realize change to further strengthen the CPPN’s foundation” it says. Those challenges include the very public resignations last month of vice–chair Gord Asmus from Ontario, founding directo

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17. #HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one. This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan So

CPPN reacts to controversial PHAC funding changes

published: October, 07, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

In an open letter to the community, the Canadian Positive People’s Network outlines it concerns about the lack of transparency in recently announced funding decisions, the impact of which is still not clear

CPPN reacts to controversial PHAC funding changes

OPEN LETTER In February of this year, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) invited Letters of Intent (LOI) for the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (the Fund). PHAC was clear that a total of $26.4 million is available to support the community based response to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and related sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI); projects that are aligned with the priorities and eligibility criteria of the Fund. PHAC was also clear that the process would be

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

He’s shy, he’s unassuming and he’s a dynamo when it comes to HIV advocacy. Kevin Maloney talks about RiseUpToHIV, his new video campaign What’s Your Positive Message and (reluctantly) the man behind it all

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

Bob Leahy: Let’s talk about the RiseUptoHIV campaign which you are well known for, particularly for your T-shirts. Kevin Maloney: Yes, it was a two-pronged campaign. The name “RiseUptoHIV” came to me in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how I was rising up to the challenges in my life at the time when I was diagnosed in 2010. The “No shame about being HIV-positive” story telling campaign started in 2013 – people would send me their stories and photos, which I would pos

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

published: July, 20, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Day two: The AIDS2016 Treatment Access March

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

Amid all the “end of HIV” rhetoric, 13 of 14 UNAIDS member countries have decreased their HIV funding and 20 million people who need it have no access to treatment. Day two of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa sees him joining the AIDS2016 Treatment Access March and chatting with advocates about why they've come. PositiveLite will be posting Mark's video coverage each day of the conference. This video previously appeared on TheBodypro.com here.

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

This article previously appeared on Josh's own blog, I'm Still Josh, here. This morning after I woke up and finished reading through my morning newsfeed on Facebook and read the “what you missed” best Tweets, I tapped the orange and white skull icon on my phone. It was time to read my missed messages on Grindr from overnight. As soon as the (miracle) screen loaded, Grindr asked me to complete a survey. I hate surveys but I tapped ‘ok.’ The questions that were asked all primarily rev

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

From London, England, Christian Dolan counts the blessings of living with HIV.

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

Recently I was at a house party where I met a bunch of new people for the first time. I realized I hadn’t taken my meds that evening yet, so proceeded to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t stand on a chair in the middle of the room and make a point of what I was doing but at the same time I didn’t go hide in a room alone to take them either. During the course of taking them I had a guy stop me and ask if I had any more and could he buy some off me. I then realised he thought I was ta

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

published: June, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them. Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

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