Current Affairs

These are the people in your neighbourhood.

published: November, 30, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television

Trouble in Muppet-land. DJ Relentless on the Elmo sex scandal and his chat with one of the accusers in the case.

These are the people in your neighbourhood.

By now everyone has heard about the “Elmo Scandal”. It has been plastered all over every newspaper and the internet. And from the second that (Elmo puppeteer) Kevin Clash was accused of having sex with teenaged boys, folks started taking sides. I was actually surprised at some people’s reactions. Many of the comments and blogs I read attacked (first accuser) Sheldon Stephens (below right) from all angles. Lots of discrediting information was released about him and many pegged him as a sc

Not Cheering Over Here

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Hep B and C, Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith like the recent gains in same sex marriage status in some states in the USA, but the process leaves him cold. “Human rights protection is not something that you submit to a popular vote” he says.

Not Cheering Over Here

To many, it must seem like the recent US elections were a great victory for the LGBT community. Not only did they bring a victory for Obama, responsible for removing a number of impediments to equality, albeit after a great deal of pushing by the community, but also a number of remarkable victories for other openly gay or lesbian candidates.  Your mind might have gone directly to the marriage votes when I brought up those elections. Maine voters decided to allow the state to issue marriage l

Armageddon, averted: America votes

published: November, 19, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin: “One thing, however, is clear: the sound defeat of Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney is enormously important to this country for quite a few reasons.” Including HIV.

Armageddon, averted: America votes

As you may have heard, the U.S. Presidential election is over at last, after an epic two-year slog. Now, because our Byzantine system of governance baffles even many Americans, and given the stakes – for us, our friends and our neighbors – I thought I’d explain some of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the system to PositiveLite.com readers. Key to understanding it is that America is not actually a democracy, it is a republic substantially devised at the end of the Eighteenth Century

The Steven Boone Case: Witness for the Defence

published: November, 16, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Dr Mark Tyndall, witness for the defence in the case of Steven Boone, found guilty of attempted murder of 3 men, 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of administering a noxious substance (i.e. his semen).

The Steven Boone Case: Witness for the Defence

In this controversial case, Boone was acquitted of oral sex charges.  Other charges are pending. Read our previous coverage of the Steven Boone case here which includes an interview with Boone himself. Dr Mark Tyndall (below right) is head of infectious diseases  at the University of Ottawa. He was extensively quoted in this article  Boone trial major setback for HIV prevention, expert says from the Ottawa Citizen. Bob Leahy: Hi Mark I wanted to ask you about the Steven Boone case in par

Gwen Stefani wants to appropriate your culture

published: November, 16, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter asks “Honestly, whose idea was it to make that stupid No Doubt video?"

Gwen Stefani wants to appropriate your culture

The No Doubt video (no longer available from You Tube, thanks to online uproar) was a spectacle of racist appropriation of Native culture, featuring fetishized, stereotypical, and tokenized elements of Native American culture in some kind of sick cowboy & Indians fantasy display.  It went as far as dressing up Gwen Stefani in an “Indian princess” costume, to act out a (supposedly) sexy, tied-up, helpless Pocahontas-type figure – which is ironic given that the story of Pocahontas is

Big day

published: November, 16, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Danny Miller is happy that his home state, Maryland, has finally adopted same-sex marriage. But for Danny, it’s a bittersweet victory.

So November 6th was our big election day here in The States. Americans went out in record numbers to vote! On the ballot? President, Senate, local government, legalizing marijuana, gambling and same-sex marriage. Well, Barack Obama was re-elected president; we have our first openly gay congress woman.  Two states legalized marijuana, but the big news is we now have three more states in which gay marriage is legal! WHOOP WHOOP! Maryland has the distinction of being one of those states; we

Understanding the Law, Part One

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

What happens after the recent Supreme Court ruling on two cases involving the criminalization of HIV non disclosure? Here the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network discusses the cases and tells us what they mean for our community and public health in general.

Understanding the Law, Part One

This material first appeared on the website of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network here. HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law: A summary of two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, R. v. Mabior, 2012 SCC 47 and R. v. D.C., 2012 SCC 48 The information contained in this publication is information about the law, but it is not legal advice. For legal advice, please contact a criminal lawyer. On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released important decisions in two case

Understanding the Law, Part Two

published: November, 12, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Peeling back the layers. What does the recent Supreme Court decision on criminalization mean for people living with HIV? This plain language Q and A explanation comes to us from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Understanding the Law, Part Two

This material first appeared on the website of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network here. HIV non-disclosure and the criminal law: Implications of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions for people living with HIV Questions & Answers On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decisions in the cases of Mabior and D.C. The Court decided that people living with HIV have a legal duty, under the criminal law, to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners before h

Steven Boone: The PositiveLite.com Interview

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Revisited. Ottawa activist Michael Burtch interviewed Steven Boone for PositiveLite.com last year while Boone was awaiting trial. Boone has just this week been been convicted of attempted murder and other charges.

Steven Boone: The PositiveLite.com Interview

Editor’s note:  Boone, 31,  has two days ago been found guilty of the attempted murder of three men, three counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of administering a noxious substance (ie, his semen). You can read about the controversial case here. This article written by Michael Burtch for PositiveLite.com originally appeared on PositiveLite.com on August 10, 2011. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network provided the following comment this week:  "The Canadian HIV/AIDS Lega

Sporting homophobia

published: November, 01, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Current Affairs

Wayne Bristow asks “when it comes to homophobia in sports, where does it really come from - the players, management or the fans?”

 Sporting homophobia

When I was younger, in grades 6 to 10, almost daily I would be in the school yard and hear someone say to another, “blow me”, “suck me off”, “suck my cock”, “eat me”. Very few times did that person actually mean the other person was gay, it was just something to degrade the other person. It was part of the swearing lexicon that so many of us spoke daily. No one stopped to think; it just rolled off our tongues.   The names/insults we throw back and forth aT each other go on e

CANFAR turns 25.

published: October, 30, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Launches, Events, Health, Research, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week marked CANFAR’s 25th birthday. Bob Leahy reports

CANFAR turns 25.

CANFAR  started operations on October 26, 1987 and remains today the only privately funded charity in Canada that is solely focused on HIV and AIDS research. I’ve worked with them in the past, notably as a presenter in Montreal at CAHR 2012, talking about the excellent report they commissioned through CIHR on the Canadian public’s changing attitudes towards HIV and AIDS, which research has been used extensively since. But more than that, I have a soft spot for them.  Simply put, they are

The Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler?

published: October, 29, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King and the story behind the "Happy Hustler" Michael Kearns’ memoir The Truth is Bad Enough

The Truth is Bad Enough:  What Became of the Happy Hustler?

The story behind the title of Michael Kearns’ memoir The Truth is Bad Enough is as delicious as the title itself. As Kearns’ parents – themselves worthy of a Tennessee Williams subplot — battled each other at their divorce proceeding when Michael was a child, his father presented damning surveillance of his mother’s many infidelities. The evidence was unimpeachable, but then the father tried raising the stakes by charging that the woman also physically abused him.  Kearns’ mother

Down to the wire

published: October, 29, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on the US presidential, race. “So, we are down to the wire. The election is a week away and all the debates are over”

Down to the wire

Now....I know this is not my normal blog about music, but I felt as an American in Canada I should say something about what is happening in this election (at least from my point of view).  Obama’s performance in the last two debates was just what his campaign needed. I’m not sure if CNN is trying to appear unbiased but they will not let the President enjoy his victory. They keep saying that he won the debates, but Romney still did better on getting his points across. According to their p

Down under

published: October, 25, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV

Nathaniel Casco is from Australia. Here he talks about the state of HIV in his home country, whose response to the disease is recognized globally as a success.

An estimated 24,731 people were living with diagnosed HIV infection in Australia at the end of 2011. Of this 16,122 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in New South Wales, Australia alone. Approximately a quarter of people living with HIV are diagnosed by a general practitioner (GP) who has not previously diagnosed HIV. The rate of HIV diagnosis in New South Wales declined steadily from around 6.1 per 100 000 population in 2002 – 2006 to 5.3 in 2007 – 2011. In Victoria, the rate incr

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive Olympic medal winner Ji Wallace.

published: October, 25, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Fitness and Exercise, International , Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bouncing right back. Australian Ji Wallace announced he was HIV+ just this year. Bob Leahy talks with him about being gay, coming out of two closets, HIV stigma, the ENUF campaign he is a spokesperson for – and what he thinks of Canada.

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive Olympic medal winner Ji Wallace.

Ji Wallace is an Australian gymnast and Olympic trampoline silver medalist. Earlier in his career Ji Wallace won many Australian national and international titles in all four Trampoline Sports disciplines. Ji made his major international breakthrough in 1996 by winning gold in the DMT (double mini trampoline) discipline at the 19th World Championships in Vancouver. Ji competed in the Individual Trampoline event at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney winning a Silver Medal. In 2002, he came o

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