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Scott gets the news he didn’t want to hear

published: December, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

In part Six of Scott Foley’s tale of his journey to Canada and his application for refugees status, he tells how he came to be tested for HIV – and the results..

In part 5 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he speaks of his life after leaving his family home. He describes how his family’s reach got him booted from his safe house and how he came to live with his boyfriend Joe. Living in secrecy and fear, he quits his job and loses a friend to HIV. It didn’t take me long to find a new job. It was in the north of the country and though it meant that I’d have to leave at ungodly hours again to get there on time, I had peace of mind. I

Away from home at last

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley has finally left home and a family unable to accept that’s he’s gay. In Part five of the story of his immigration to Canada and application for refugee status, he’s found a friend, but the living isn’t easy.

In part 4 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he tells of how he’s finally allowed to leave home. He’s followed and threatened by his grandmother for leaving. His boyfriend Joe organizes a safe place for him to stay. He takes his belongings and leaves feeling torn and less than a person. While seated in the taxi on my way to the safe house that Joe arranged, I recounted the events of the last few days and I still felt at war with myself for what happened. I thought of Joe an

Spotlight on Criminalization, Part Two: Verdict on a Virus

published: December, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International , Legal, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Powerful video from the UK highlights Criminaliize Hate not HIV campaign

Spotlight on Criminalization, Part Two: Verdict on a Virus

A video from the Criminalize Hate not HIV campaign illustrates just how global the HIV criminalization issue.  It’s from the UK, where prosecutions  revolve around actual transmission of the virus rather than merely exposure, which is the often the case in Canada.  Certainly the number of cases brought before the UK courts is  far smaller than we’ve experienced here. Still the arguments remain the same. Verdict on a Virus is a well done little documentary and a useful

Leaving in a hurry.

published: December, 07, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Matters come to a head and he has to leave home. Part Four of Scott Foleys’s tale of an immigrant from the Caribbean seeking refugee status in Canada

In part three of Scott’s story, which you can read here he tells how, at eighteen, his family found out about his relationship with his boyfriend Joe and permanently grounded him as a result.. His grandfather is so mad that he attempts to strangle him. Scott: Is this really happening? I thought that I might be dreaming but a sharp stinging feeling in my throat woke me to reality. Although a couple days had passed I still felt my grandpa’s hands around my neck, shaking and choking me

Marriage equality video goes viral.

published: December, 05, 2011 Categories // Activism, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Something quite amazing from the Australian campaigning organization GetUp! is making an impact around the world.

Marriage equality video goes viral.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Get up! Australia released a video promoting marriage equality that beautifully and poignantly illustrates that marriage represents the culmination of love and commitment every couple might aspire to, not just those that fall under the narrow definition of “a man and a woman,” like the politicians keep flogging year after year. As governments and people around the world struggle with the issue, GetUp! created the video to gloriously re-frame the debate

An immigrant’s tale

published: November, 14, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV

Scott Foley is seeking refugee status in Canada. He’s gay and he’s poz. In the this first part of a series, he tells of his of his childhood in the Caribbean.

An immigrant’s tale

My name is Scott Foley. I am a 24 year old HIV positive gay man. I was born and raised in the Caribbean and I lived there until July 2011. I now live in Canada as a refugee claimant seeking protection from my native land on the basis of my sexual orientation and HIV status. My parents spilt up shortly after I was born. My mother migrated to Canada before my first birthday where she gave birth to my sister. I remained in the care of my father until he migrated to the US with his new girlf

1000s of Ugandans will face the death penalty. You can help.

published: May, 11, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International , Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

et’s get to one million voices against Uganda's gay death penalty in the next 48 hours

1000s of Ugandans will face the death penalty. You can help.

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Condoms for Gay Men in the Indian Market

published: November, 30, 2010 Categories // Sexual Health, Health, International

Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011

From the land of the Kamasutra comes a condom for gay/MSM/ bisexual men who want a condom with extra lube and that is made for them versus everyone. What a novel idea!. The article below is from The Pune Mirror, written by Vishakha Sharma. Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011.  This new condom will be more durable and lubricated. It will

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