Current Affairs

Advocacy Under Attack

published: August, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Three weeks ago we broke the news that the funding of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network had been slashed by the Government of Canada. Executive Director Richard Elliott provides an update.

Advocacy Under Attack

Read our original story here.  Just two weeks ago, some 24,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C for the XIX International AIDS Conference. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network was there, co-hosting the Human Rights Networking Zone, and sharing our important work on human rights and HIV in Canada and abroad. Activists, health workers, researchers, government officials and people living with HIV from around the world left the conference inspired and committed to turning the tide on the globa

Another HIV-positive Olympian comes out

published: August, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the story about Gay Australian Olympian Ji Wallace publicly revealing his HIV status as a result of the CNN interview featuring Greg Louganis

Another HIV-positive Olympian comes out

An Australian publication, the Star Observer, says that Wallace, a trampolinist who won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, said he was inspired to make the public admission about his diagnosis after seeing an interview given by US diver Greg Louganis about his battle with HIV and being a gay Olympian. Here’s what the Star Observer said Wallace wrote in a letter to them  “I have been contemplating writing this for a while,” Wallace said.  “I caught a CNN Piers

Greg Louganis video draws AIDS-phobic comments

published: August, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Everyone knows who HIV-positive athlete Greg Louganis is. But what kind of comments did his appearance on CNN draw last week - and what do they say about the state of AIDS in 2012. Bob Leahy reports.

Greg Louganis video draws AIDS-phobic comments

This interview  - you can see it below - appeared on CNN last week. Louganis comes across as a really nice, easy-going guy who is open about his gay/HIV-positive status. What’s interesting  are  the comments on YouTube this video has garnered. I’ve reproduced some of them below also. Our own (HIV) community can't be held responsible for shaping the discourse on HIV/AIDS, however hard we try  If we were, we would have failed miserably, if the following is indeed h

Sport and Spectacle

published: August, 06, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces

Of the Olympic sports, Ken Monteith likes - surprise - diving, swimming, water polo, gymnastics, Greco-roman wrestling. But he presses the pause button here to review what else is good – and bad – about the 2012 Olympics.

Sport and Spectacle

If there's one thing I like about the Olympics, it's the chance to see a lot of sports that we (or at least I) never get to see in the years between the games. If there's something I don't like, it's the horrible pressure that manages to transform someone who has just made a spectacular effort, even achieved a personal best, into a loser for not having finished ahead of all the others.  Let's start with the negative so we can leave on a happy note, shall we?  The BBC is being criticized by

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

published: August, 05, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

“Can I get an extra serving of HATE with light CRAZY on that Chicken Sandwich?” (another blog by DJ Relentless)

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

By now, we have all likely heard about the row which started when  the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A announced in mid-July that his company has given money to anti-gay marriage organizations. Considering the origins of the company, I wasn’t surprised to find this out. I had decided to boycott them way back. The only difference now is that they have officially made a public statement which demonstrates that their views are anti-gay. And now all hell has broken loose!  The internet

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We have the video link . . . .

Elton John speaks at AIDS 2012

“Everyone deserves compassion. Everyone deserves dignity. Everyone, everyone, everyone deserves love. Why am I telling you this? Because the AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fuelled by stigma, violence and indifference.” Here is the link to the video.  

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

published: July, 21, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We share an important message from our friends at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network about a cut in their government funding that “significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV.”

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

I am writing to share some very important news and to appeal for your solidarity and support. As the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks its 20th anniversary, we face an unprecedented challenge with recent news of a drastic cut in funding under Canada’s federal AIDS strategy — a cut that significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV. For most of its history, the Legal Network has been seen by the federal governm

Rejoice!

published: July, 18, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker is excited that the running of the Games of the XXX Olympiad are just days away.

Rejoice!

From the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th right up to the closing ceremonies on August 12th the world will witness the best athletes from 204 Countries vie for supremacy. Oh, the agony and the ecstasy! The added drama will be whether London, the only city to host the Summer Olympics for a third time, will succeed as hosting the best yet. The athletes are certainly not the only ones feeling the pressure.  The cost of hosting the Games is beyond ridiculous! The challenge for a nation to capit

Unexpressed Emotions

published: July, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Wes Austin on what happens, sometimes tragically, when men don’t express their feelings.

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” -Sigmund Freud I hear many people in my social circles toss around the words ‘male privilege’ when talking about gender. I hear the contempt in their voices and the judgment in their pronunciations. Male privilege is bad, unqualifiedly bad.  I’m not here to debate that point. I’ll leave that to everyone else. What I’m here to talk about is the shadow side of that. It’s be

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

published: July, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, a review of the issues raised by the FDA’s recent approval of the OraQuick Home HIV Test for use in the USA. No such application has yet been made to Health Canada – but can it be long in coming?

HIV home tests – how will they be used?

This article by  Roger Pebody first appeared on NAM/aidsmap  here and is republished with permission. This week the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which will be sold over the counter and used without medical supervision, received its final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that it can be legally sold in the United States. Similar approvals may follow for other countries. But who is likely to use it and in what circumstances? And will the increased accessibili

Five key themes of AIDS 2012

published: July, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

NAM/aidsmap with a guide to what's going to be hot in Washington D.C. this summer

Five key themes of AIDS 2012

This article by  Keith Alcorn originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. If you have an interest in HIV and have been anywhere near the internet in the last few months, there’s a good chance you will have heard of the 19th International AIDS Conference, also known as AIDS 2012. The conference is taking place in Washington DC, 22nd to 27th July. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend, but the reach of the research presented at the conference will go

Poz Jesus

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

A pastor in Zimbabwe says Jesus had HIV. Christopher Banks responds “One could argue that religious dogma has done far more damage in Africa, and indeed the rest of the world, than HIV ever could hope to.“

The narrator in Woody Allen’s underrated 2010 film “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” comes out with a brilliant gem toward the end of the story: “Sometimes the illusions work better than the medicine.”  While this doesn’t apply to HIV as a biological entity, evidence abounds in our world as to how it fits incredibly well with HIV as a psychological one.  As a friend told me recently, “there is no pill to get people to treat you the way they did when you were negative.” 

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Population Specific

Dave R with the story of a man who grew from being a closeted and yet ambitious psychology student, into a still-closeted married man and father; and eventually, an advocate for LGBT rights and equality within the conservative psychiatric profession.

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

Photo courtesy of Gordon Harrell, husband of Richard Isay ‘When he came in, his face was grave. He sat down on the bed and said, “I have something I need to tell you.” He took a deep breath. “I’m homosexual.” At that moment I saw my future collapse before my eyes. I got the chills and ran to take a hot bath. It gave me time to think and warmed me, but not for long. We spent the night talking and lamenting. On the plane home, we held each other and sobbed and planned. By the time w

The Evil and the Underhanded

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

It’s official: HIV is a danger to public health which means that HIV drugs for refugee claimants will be covered. But there's a catch. Ken Monteith says the new Canadian regulations mix the good and the very, very bad.

The Evil and the Underhanded

I'm writing this on the first day of the application of new rules for the (Canadian) Federal Interim Health Program and I am saddened by what has become of this country. "Happy Canada Day! You no longer have health care, refugee claimants!"  Just to be clear and not to be accused of exaggeration, let me outline my understanding of the changes that have come into force. Some refugee claimants will be entitled to certain kinds of doctor visits, while others will not have those covered (if they

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

published: June, 23, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker remembers the artist who made a deep impression on so many in our community.

Donna Summer: The Tributes Continue

In this day and age of instant stardom, over-hyped comebacks and tabloid fodder, the loss of a true talent that refused to be a part of the fame game is indeed a great loss. I can’t think of any other artist that managed to slip in and out of the spotlight, on their own terms, without capitalizing on their prior successes or personal struggles. She kept her private life and those she loved from being exploited, relying solely on her passion to share her love of music. Her estimated worth upo

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