Current Affairs

Should I be afraid?

published: January, 14, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Movies, International , Travel, Lifestyle, Population Specific

From November 21st to November 28th, 2013 Ed Wolf documented his trip to the Side-By-Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg to present We Were Here, the AIDS documentary in which he appears.

First of a nine-part series  I’m sitting here looking at my Russian Visa. Getting it was the final obstacle before flying off to St. Petersburg Russia this coming Thursday morning, November 21. I’ve arranged a ride with Homobile, San Francisco’s LGBTIQQ car service, to come and take me to the airport. I’m thinking I could use a final queer blessing before I get on the plane.  I’ve been invited to attend the Side-by-Side LGBT Film Festival to represent David Weissman’s award-win

2013 Rewind

published: January, 01, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless talks music, politics, life and the future

2013 Rewind

What can I say about the year that gave us "twerking" and the "Gay Lumberjack meets Hillbilly Chic" beard? The year that blatant abuse of power with a side order of racism and homophobia was the order of the day. Where pop divas battled for the top of the charts, but were side swiped by a smarter girl from Houston. Yes, 2013 was a quite a year in news and for me personally. It seems like every year Reality TV gets more and more out of control. We went from a sassy toddler beauty pageant cont

The most wonderful time of the year…

published: December, 23, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: This is supposed to be a time of year when we celebrate the return of longer days, the love of family and friends and the joy of the season. And yet, I can’t help being cynical this year.

The most wonderful time of the year…

“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This year we’ve seen Vladimir Putin quashing gay rights and political criticism, the return of laws in Greece that call for the arrest of anyone suspected of being HIV-positive, laws in India that make gay sex illegal, laws in Uganda that make being homosexual a crime, increased stigma of people living with HIV and more.  The pendulum swings, yes, but sometimes too quickly. On the one hand we see par

Saints, martyrs and human rights: a glitter of hope for Toronto's legacy of dope

published: December, 18, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Pride, Community Events, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest Raymond Helkio says that despite Toronto’s awful mayor Rob Ford, the city now has a chance to redeem itself in the global LGBT rights dialogue that is WorldPride 2014, coming to you in Toronto in June 2014.

Saints, martyrs and human rights: a glitter of hope for Toronto's legacy of dope

How many saints, martyrs and human rights activists do we have locked up in Canada right now? More importantly how many of them would we even recognize as a martyr or saint? Think of Nelson Mandela, the revered President of South Africa who spent 27 years in prison. Being considered a criminal appears to be the price one pays for the rest of us to benefit at a later date - or does it have to be this way? Can we as citizens separate the politicians that demonstrate moral courage from those tha

Nelson Mandela: great is too small a word

published: December, 06, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, International

Dave R: Nelson Mandela (1918 to 2013) may go down in history as one of the greatest ever world statesmen but it is work in trying to defeat HIV/Aids both in South Africa and across the world that we should remember him for

Nelson Mandela: great is too small a word

While most modern leaders base their careers on the Machiavellian quote that, ‘It is better to be feared than loved’, a handful of people throughout history prove by their lives and work that that doesn’t necessarily have to be true. Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa are names that spring to mind but history may judge Nelson Mandela to be possibly the greatest of them all. His ability to unite a land on the edge of chaos and riddled with partisan hatred and division, after 27 ye

More money for cure research

published: December, 01, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Robert Reinhard shares his remarks at the recent announcement by the Canadian Government of an additional $10.7 million in grants towards cure research

More money for cure research

  Health Minister Rona Ambrose (left) speaks with Mr. Robert Reinhard, a man living with HIV, following the announcement of funding for research towards a cure for HIV.  With drugs that cost a great deal and have to be taken every day for a lifetime, we have made great progress treating people with HIV. Many – not all - can live long lives with treatment, but may still experience serious disease and stigma, and they age faster than the general population. Globally more than 35 million

Reflections for AIDS Awareness Week 2013

published: November, 25, 2013 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces

Olivia Kijewski : “While I know we have come a long way since AIDS first made its mark on the map in the early 80’s, I find myself spending the most amount of time still considering what needs to done.”

As many of you are well aware, AIDS Awareness week (AAW) is fast approaching. For those of you who don’t know, AIDS Awareness Week is celebrated each year in the lead up to World AIDS Day, December 1st. During this time, we commemorate those we have lost, recognize the resilience of those living with HIV, appreciate what we have achieved, and consider what work still needs to be done globally, nationally, and locally. As we gear up for AAW, I get a lot of opportunity to reflect on the past,

Keeping the doors open

published: November, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest Iain Murtagh for The Crescent, an AIDS Service Organization in St. Albans, Hertfordshire (UK), who has been struggling to run an agency with no public money since funding was withdrawn in favour of another provider three years ago.

Keeping the doors open

It has been a while since our last update in January of this year and a great deal has happened since. As usual not all good, but what is good is that we are still here! Almost three years on from the catastrophic loss of funding in 2011 we are still managing to keep the doors open, but only just, and it is a constant battle. So how are we affording to continue providing services? Quite simply with more sacrifice on the part of our volunteers and former staff, the generosity of local resident

As you would be treated . . .

published: November, 04, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Many would agree that Toronto’s famous buffoon of a mayor Rob Ford lacks smarts, mixes with an odd crowd and often behaves like an oaf. But, says Montreal’s Ken Monteith, we need to watch our language when we talk about some of his other characteristics

As you would be treated . . .

If there’s one thing that the recent headlines about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford — and all the various Facebook and Twitter comments, etc. — have shown, it is that most of us are as ungracious and thoughtless as those we might consider to be our political enemies.  Now, I’m not about to step up to defend the various policies and political orientations of this particular politician. From my distance, I really only see the caricatures and the complaints from people I trust to believe in the

To Russia with love

published: September, 03, 2013 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker on LGBT athletes coming out to play at the winter Olympics – or just coming out – and the celebrities joining them in pushing for an expansion of LGBT rights and acceptance.

To Russia with love

Despite, or possibly fueled by, Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation the world is finally beginning to recognize gay issues as human and civil rights. Social media has made us well aware of the atrocities that are happening to our LGBT brothers and sisters in Russia. And with only months away from the Winter Olympics, there have also been concerns raised regarding the welfare of “out” athletes from around the world planning to compete at Sochi.  Outrage has been expressed from a multit

Olympic effort

published: August, 19, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy asks what if someone told you that in order to be accepted for the talents you possess you had to lie about everything that made you who you are or what brought you to the place you stand at today?

Olympic effort

Picture the world getting together on the largest stage of athletic performance it has to offer and then saying that if you like a white person, or talk to one, are one, or even say it's OK to be one, you could be arrested and imprisoned for doing so  - and that all white athletes will need to put on some sort of cover-up so that if the rest of the world knows that you're not white then it would be OK for you to participate. Is that a political decision? Is that based on religious beliefs

On police entrapment – and kicking the bushes

published: August, 15, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger says the police are trampling on LGBT constitutional rights through cruising stings

As more LGBT Philadelphians return to the City of Brotherly Love from vacations in Rehoboth, down the shore, and, for the discerning few, on Fire Island, they encounter more news of the atrocities going on in Russia and questions swirling about American participation in the upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  With one local bar owner courageously affirming that he’ll boycott Stoli vodka, while sheepishly admitting that he never carried Stoli to begin with while also curiously leav

Spectacle of “the other”

published: August, 08, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Olivia Kijewski on the novelty of seeing transgender models in advertising, how this feeds our curiosity and whether this reaction is healthy

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading about American Apparel’s (AA) support of Pride and the LGBTQ community. In honour of Pride month, they teamed up with GLAAD to produce t-shirts that read “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride”. While AA has previously supported gay rights, with the printing of their “Legalize Gay” shirt to protest the passing of California’s Prop 8 in 2008, they have received extra praise for their support of the bisexual and transgender communities. While

From Russia with love?

published: August, 07, 2013 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Amy C. Willis on the poison that is Putin, the gays and HIV

All eyes are on Russia these days after recent changes to legislation around homosexuality have been instigated by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. In an effort to promote Russian traditions and crush the alleged Western, liberal influence, the Russian government has passed several stringent laws. For example, there is now a ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” (which was voted in unanimously). Should a person be found “guilty” of this (i.e. providing informati

Evidence trumps ideology over public health benefits of Insite

published: July, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From Vancouver comes this opinion piece by Dr. Thomas Kerr and Dr. Julio Montaner on how the debate about safer injection sites includes false claims and personal attacks

Evidence trumps ideology over public health benefits of Insite

It has been nearly 10 years since Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site opened and two years since the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously determined that it should remain open to protect public health.  A large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that Insite and other harm reduction programs, such as needle exchanges, are effective in reducing the harms associated with illicit drug use. Sadly, ideological debate about harm reduction continues, despite widespread agreement amo

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