Photography

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Women, Photography, International , Music, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Sia's new video, "Free Me" is an achingly beautiful tour de force.

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

Sia’s gorgeous new song, “Free Me”, and the even more gorgeous video that goes with it both aim to spread awareness for the #endHIV campaign and benefit the Abzyme Research Foundation (all proceeds of the song will be used to advance a new potential HIV/AIDS cure).  The video, starring Zoe Saldana and narrated by Julianne Moore, details the story of an expectant mother who has just learned that she is HIV-positive and that without treatment the virus will enter her child. Zoe Saldana

Stripe Teasers

published: April, 12, 2017 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker: "For Spring/Summer 2017 designers have opened up a Pandora’s Box of stripes guaranteed to suit your aesthetic and lifestyle needs."

Stripe Teasers

Stripes are big this season! And not just as a trend. Forget about the typical Spring Nautical influence as well as the Finding Waldo look. For Spring/Summer 2017 designers have opened up a Pandora’s Box of stripes guaranteed to suit your esthetic and lifestyle needs.   Vertical, diagonal or horizontal, subdued to vibrant, solid or patterned and even crafty to techno the options are endless. And the idea of mixing and matching also has been reworked to create a standout look that de

The importance of staying busy

published: March, 23, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, Pets, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. correspondent Kengi deals with bereavement and stress by keeping busy - and does some great work in the process.

The importance of staying busy

I’m sitting down to write this post, because on those rare occasions when escaping with my camera for a photography excursion doesn’t seem to work, I then try to relax, calm and center myself by writing. As a backup, I have my candle burning, I really love a nicely scented candle. Damn, if I had some sage this would be perfect. I’m sipping my hot tea and my little Daisy has pulled her blanket off the sofa, placing it right next to my work space. She’s the dog that loves to be close to

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Photography, Pets, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. guy Kengi says 2017 is sure to be a challenging year.

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

As I sit down to write this entry I do so with a heavy heart, but a spirit that is encouraged. I say this because my Great Aunt is still not doing well and last night I received word that one of her daughters, my cousin, has suffered a stroke. They both are recovering in separate hospitals. Your good thoughts, affirmations and prayers are greatly appreciated. I’m encouraged and even comforted because I know God, my creator, will provide what is best for them both. So, I guess I should say H

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Photography, International , Treatment, Music, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

Long term survivors speak out: The Graying of AIDS interviews Bob Leahy

published: December, 08, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Photography, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com's Bob Leahy shares his thoughts with The Graying of AIDS, a project which documents the lives of those aging with HIV in words and pictures, about what surviving the plague years feels like and what older HIVers bring to the table.

Long term survivors speak out: The Graying of AIDS interviews Bob Leahy

While in Durban at the International AIDS Conference this past summer. I stopped at a booth in the Global Village. A series of stunning black and white images caught my eye. The booth was the work of The Graying of AIDS http://www.grayingofaids.org/ the photos by Katja Heinemann the Project Co-Director (above)  and a visual journalist. Later I sat down with the project’s Naomi Schegloff for an hour-long interview. I came back later and my portrait, seen here, was part of the exhibit.. Won

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches groundbreaking "Revelation" campaign

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Art, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Photography, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

France scores big time! Guest author Denis Leblanc reports on an amazing French publicity campaign designed to explain to the public what undetectable viral load means and in doing so, puts a big dent in HIV stigma

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches  groundbreaking

PositiveLite.com has published many articles to share the news and discuss the facts around the Undetectable = Uninfectious campaign: that people living with HIV who are on successful treatment and undetectable for six months cannot transmit HIV. PositiveLite.com is a community partner with the Prevention Access Campaign and has endorsed the Consensus Statement given the wealth of scientific support for these facts. France’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation, AIDES, has just launched a publicity

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Art, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, General Health, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

But self care can be hard to come by when those around you are unsupportive, as Wayne relates.

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I have shared my story, all of it, I think. My health has been good but I have a total physical to pass next week so that I can keep my bragging rights. I wanted to write about attending the first part of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) End Game conference last month but I’m still trying to digest the new research findings for aging with HIV. I used to look at aging from the side of possibly going into the healthcare system, in a facil

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

published: June, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the outspoken New York City activist and advocate for long term survivors whose photos of a man dying of AIDS in 2016 caused a Facebook storm

Sean McKenna wants you to know that AIDS isn’t over – and that long term survivors matter

"In my mind, one of the worst things that anyone could have done was to say that AIDS is a manageable disease. In my life it’s never been quite manageable."  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking with us Sean. Let’s talk first about the photos you posted on Facebook – photos of a man dying. Tell me what you know about them. Sean McKenna: Well, my neighbour’s husband a year ago was built like a brick shit house, one of those people that would sit by the pool and everyone would stare at. In t

When HIV and the art world connect

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Photography, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. guy Kengi on finding a voice and empowerment through art

When HIV and the art world connect

As I sit down to type this article I’m smiling, listening to ‘Higher Than This’ by Ledisi, while sitting inside my gallery. Yeah, I know right? My gallery. I still giggle every single time I say it. As many of you know my life has always been filled with music, art and photography and as I’ve said many times before, photography has been and still is my therapy. During homelessness photography was my voice. It spoke loud and clear for me, allowing me to raise awareness for many issues

Giving exposure to women and HIV

published: April, 11, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi takes on a photography assignment which opens his eyes to the work of Christie's Place, an agency serving women living with HIV and their families.

Giving exposure to women and HIV

As someone living with HIV, I’m always drawn to personal stories from people I can relate to, but those stories are very hard to find in mainstream HIV media. I’m not interested in reading stories that have more to do with fundraising efforts or advertisements. I love real life stories from the person who has experienced it. So I spend a lot of time reading personal blogs, watching YouTube or speaking to people I meet on the street.  As a photographer I’m always drawn to and interested

A humbling moment.

published: March, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow enters a photography competition and says “this whole experience affirmed my belief that no matter what I have been through or going through now, there will always be someone less fortunate".

A humbling moment.

I have a wonderful group of peers who really know me – from the things I like (bacon) to my hobby (photography). Last December one peer was sitting on a committee with another organization that had organized an art show/contest called ‘Hope and Help: Overcoming Trauma’ and he suggested that I enter. I asked him to email me the entry information and I would take a look at it.  I downloaded the flyer, familiarized myself with the requirements and decided I would enter the contest. I coul

Becoming Jade

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Photography, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A fascinating contribution from Toronto-based designer/photographer/film maker Kristy Boyce detailing the transformation of PositiveLite.com’s Alphonso King Jr. to drag artist Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless

Becoming Jade

In December I started a typological photography project exploring the process that drag queens go through when transforming themselves from "man on the street" into the epic glamazons we see performing in bars and on TV.  My first participant was the lovely Jade Elektra, I couldn't have asked for a better model to start the project with, Jade even did a write up about mental shift that takes place as Jade comes to be through each layer of makeup. Becoming Jade The process of becoming Jade

Purpose

published: February, 16, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Hobbies, Events, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi gets the new year off to a good start with renewed purpose as he continues his work in social media, photography and with the homeless

Purpose

I guess I should start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I know we’re well into February, but as the saying goes, better later than never. I trust and hope the New Year is treating you well and that you’re in amazing health and spirits. So far the New Year is off to a great start for me. Once again I was selected by FORD Motor Company to be their official photographer for the 11th Annual NAACP Image Awards Symposium. This is the second year that they’ve reached out to me t

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