Current Affairs

The wild birds win BUT . .

published: April, 12, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Current Affairs

Megan DePutter isn’t angry. In fact she’s delighted that AIDS Committee of Guelph’s close second place finish in the Canada’s Worst Charity Website contest netted her agency a $15,000 website makeover..

The wild birds win BUT . .

The short answer is, we didn’t win. But that’s misleading. There is so much more to the story. On Friday April 5, as I whipped into the parking lot and dashed into the office, my heart was beating. It was our last chance to get the final votes.  I hadn’t slept much the night before, and thanks to a persistent cold, my throat was raw and I could barely speak.  I lit up my computer to send out last minute pleas for help through email, Facebook and Twitter, reminding anyone who cared (an

Angry @ Birds

published: April, 01, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow draws comparisons between the attention a website about birds draws to one about HIV – and doesn’t like what he sees.

Angry @ Birds

I love my fine feathered friends, they are amazing creatures, and they sing beautifully but................  No one could ever accuse me of being anti-nature or a bird hater. Birds have been a large part of my photography excursions over the past three years. Today, I am a little miffed that a website that brings awareness to birds in need of care continues to lead an AIDS service organization (ASO)  to win a website upgrade by means of an online challenge. I think, this is why HIV will rem

Steubenville

published: March, 28, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter on the rape trial that captured world attention.: "what we’re dealing here is a rape culture that endorses violence against women."

Steubenville

You may be aware that I have a “no bad news after 8pm” policy in order to keep myself sane. And yet, sometimes there is bad news that I just cannot avoid. Last week, while relaxing into my utopian science fiction fantasy land of Star Trek the Next Generation on Blu-Ray, my social media-addicted brain craved stimulation and I grazed through Facebook updates on my phone.  Hmm let’s see… cute baby pictures, cute puppies, cupcakes someone baked, and oh, what’s this? Some teenage boys d

Case report of a 'functional' HIV cure in a child

published: March, 10, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports HIV persists in child's body, but no signs of new virus production after 12 months off treatment

Case report of a 'functional' HIV cure in a child

This story by Keith Alcorn first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  PositiveLite.com says: Since this report was released earlier this month there has been much skepticism/caution in the press as to the significance, or even reality, of this "functional cure", such as this analysis in the Huffington Post or this one in The Guardian. Researchers in the United States say that they have identified a case of a 'functional' HIV cure in a child infected with HIV who began antiretroviral treatment wi

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

published: March, 07, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

What happened to HIV news coverage. Mark S King asks are the gay media just reflecting our apathy, or should they be advocates for visibility and education about HIV?

HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

The turning point could be traced to August of 1998. It was the month that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Bay Area Reporter did not have a single AIDS obituary submitted for publication. The promise of protease inhibitor medications had been realized, and it felt for many that our long community nightmare was coming to a close.  The milestone in the life of San Francisco’s LGBT newspaper was celebrated around the country and became a media story unto itself. “AIDS Deaths

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

published: February, 26, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King and a reality TV star. A candid confession. Grindr photos.A story that doesn't add up. And what it all says about us.

The increasingly strange case of Uncle Poodle

In the course of a few short months, Lee Thompson (“Uncle Poodle” to reality TV watchers) has managed to personify a variety of hot button issues among gay men today. He has come out as gay and HIV-positive. He has sent an ex-lover to jail and sent nude pictures via Grindr.  Or not. Depending on whom you believe. Let’s break down the strange case of Uncle Poodle. In what we can all agree was a positive development, Thompson publicly came out as gay last year and evidently has the love

Ed Koch and the media’s glass closet

published: February, 19, 2013 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on the death of former New York mayor Ed Koch and the “was he, wasn’t he?” debate. Michael gives a resounding yes and decries the role of closeted politicians like Koch who have done nothing for LGBT rights

Ed Koch and the media’s glass closet

Edward Irving Koch, mayor of the City of New York from 1978 to 1989 (at one time a Congressman, lawyer, and enlisted in the U.S Army), died on Friday, February 1st 2013, at the ripe age of eighty eight in Manhattan. The cause of death, so one hears, was heart failure. Naturally, speculation is rife on whether or not this implies he may actually have been in possession of one, and if so, how and for what exactly it may have been used. As is reliably the case when someone with a television pres

GAY=DEATH: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and what it means for HIV

published: February, 11, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

New PositiveLite.com writer Amy C. Willis says "the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has the potential to negatively impact HIV education and prevention for both the LGBTQ and straight populations alike."

GAY=DEATH: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and what it means for HIV

While Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act - affectionately known by its supporters as the “Kill the Gays” bill - isn’t new (it was introduced in 2009 by parliamentarian David Bahati), it’s recently experienced an aggressive resurgence; in November 2012, the Ugandan government revived the proposed bill with concerted efforts to pass it before year’s end. Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the bill when it was proposed in 2009; however, when it began to resurface a few months ago in

Michael Bublé speaks out

published: February, 10, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

He’s one of 10 Grammy-nominated musicians to raise their voices in support of same-sex couples

Michael Bublé speaks out

  Want to see who the other nine are? Go here 

A video tribute to Jay Browne

published: January, 29, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN’s “Remembering Joesph A. (Jay) Browne, II”

A video tribute to Jay Browne

Friends, family and colleagues honor the legacy of Jay Browne (December 31, 1930 - January 13, 2013). Jay was a driving force in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ontario for the past 30 years. Appointed Chair of the Ontario Public Education Panel on AIDS (OPEPA) in 1985, he went on to become the first Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Under his leadership, community funding increased and anonymous testing was introduced. More recently, in true Jay fashi

What a difference four years can make

published: January, 29, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless, this one reflecting on the re-election of President Barack Obama: “A tear of joy slid down my cheek as I realized that anything is possible as Obama was sworn in for the second time.” With a mix to celebrate the moment.

What a difference four years can make

As I write this blog I am overjoyed and even more optimistic than I was four years ago. Of course I was not awake during Obama’s second inauguration. The life of a DJ/performer is not that of a morning person. But I was smart enough to DVR it. In my life time, I have witnessed many moments in history. Watergate, Grace Jones making her debut on the Merv Griffin Show, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the day that Martin Luther King Day went into law, the Challenger disaster, Michae

Death for their love/love them to death

published: January, 24, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on the bill to outlaw homosexuality in Uganda

Death for their love/love them to death

Several months ago I got a call from one of my brothers.  He was quite upset. Normally my brother does not pick up the phone and call me.  It’s not that we are close, but sometimes we have a challenge connecting with each other and finding common ground.  Anyhow he was quite upset and wanted me to know what was bothering him.  His topic of conversation?  Uganda.  He had heard about the “Kill the Gays” Bill and it outraged him so much that he had to call me on the phone to tell me

Jay Browne

published: January, 15, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

We heard yesterday that “a unique and special person”, an inspiration to us all, had died. Jay Browne was a friend to the HIV community like few others.

Jay Browne

This from the AIDS Bureau . . . It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Jay Browne died last night. Jay was a unique and special person. He leaves behind a stellar and profound legacy. His kindness, compassion, intelligence, insight and forethought shaped the AIDS community in Ontario for close to thirty years. Everyone he met will be able to tell you a story of how he connected as a person and a professional.  If you have only come to be involved in AIDS issues within the last ten y

Relentlessly speaking about 2012

published: December, 30, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra and his year in review

Relentlessly  speaking about 2012

You know….a man never forgets finding his first chest hair in his whiskey. Especially if it isn't his. And believe it or not, that's how I feel about 2012. While some great things happened during this year, there were quite a few moments I was extremely disappointed with. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am overjoyed that Obama was re-elected, but the process was despicable! Watching the U.S. show the real underbelly of racism and ignorance was just embarrassing. Seeing how divided the country

Urbi et Orbi: an address to the city and the world

published: December, 26, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes..Do you see yourself as a threat to the future of humanity? In a cynical attack on the validity of LGBT existence and its potential for destroying marriage and the family, the Pope has used Christmastime to attack non-heterosexual sexuality

Urbi et Orbi: an address to the city and the world

These days, there’s not much that makes me really angry. I guess the older you get, the more you’ve seen it all before and can let it go like water off a duck’s back. Oh sure I get irritated and positively grumpy at times, especially at perceived injustices, but I'm never really angry to the point of rumbling, blood boiling rage. Then a rather frail, 85 year old man said something that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and made me angrier than I have been in years. He was b

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