Spirituality

Love and change

published: March, 30, 2018 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Pets, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler: "Perhaps empathy is in recognizing at a visceral level, the truth of everyone sharing the struggle of life. We do mirror one another if we look closely enough to see it."

Love and change

Winds of Change The wind speaks, moving and clearing in its silence and in its turbulence: To cleanse the air and earth, to churn the water depths, to disturb a Redwood’s roots. The winds of change provide just that. If we’re lucky. Yet we resist. Digging in deeper, resisting with more refusal, more strength. We believe we sill stand the storm. Resist or perish. Change or perish. The fight of every human, every day, every moment. At this moment of change, again life presents a choice.

The evolution of my religion

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy: "... perhaps there existed some ‘God’ that loves me as I am, with no conditions or restrictions on that love..."

The evolution of my religion

My Filipino father wasn’t always a practicing Catholic but it was important that these ideals were ingrained in us as children. Later in life, while I was a teenager my mother changed faiths and married someone of a similar belief and we attended more Pentecostal and Evangelical church services. Through this time of transition I was coming of age and starting to realize a latent attraction towards other males. I was very afraid of getting caught or being found out. I knew what I believed to

The joyful struggle

published: February, 13, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Spirituality, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

William Matovu of Uganda’s Love to Love Organization in conversation with Rob Olver

The joyful struggle

It was not much more than a year ago that I first wrote about Love to Love Organization for PositiveLite.com, having been introduced to their work by my Facebook friend, William Matovu, a young HIV activist working there as an HIV educator and peer advocate.. Suddenly one day there he was on Face Book, with: “This is how it's gonna be... responding to the development of youths and who are less advantaged and orphans by promoting their God given talents."  I liked the attitude and I wanted

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

Happy new year. Being marked by Big City Living

published: January, 17, 2018 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Pets, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Toronto poz guy Dennis Battler: 'Hi Robert To bring you up to date I've attached a "summary" of sorts ... Possibly this review sent to a friend could be manipulated into an article. Today's word is "painting." Happy new year.

Happy new year. Being marked by Big City Living

Hello Sheila, To respond to your email thoroughly (I believe you appreciate detail as much as I) I’m sending along a reply I wrote to Eric whom I worked with at Of Things Past. Eric also had a Whippet, Hudson, whom Shanti visited with. One day a week for a year when I set up the Rosedale store, Hudson and Shanti were canine staples there with many fans. Eric kindly sent this email: “Greetings Dennis. I wanted to reach out and send along well wishes for the holidays.  I know how challen

¡Feliz Navidad!

published: December, 07, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "Every sundown is counted, every smile is felt deeply and appreciated, every new day is a gift full of life..."

¡Feliz Navidad!

As a secular humanist, I have no particular spiritual connection to Christmas, but I do enjoy very much the atmosphere that surrounds the whole phenomenon of Christmas every year (“don we now our GAY apparel….”). In my neighborhood, Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, the main commercial street gets decorated with beautiful lights everywhere. It’s a playground of traditional consumerism and yet also a festive and exciting time for many, many people -- even jaded New Yorkers. I re

Welcome back

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.

Welcome back

After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?” Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media, Opinion Pieces

HIV activist Ed Wolf copes with Trumpism as the malaise continues.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

 Day 94.  Expect the Unexpected As some of you know, I had the great honor to be included in David Weissman’s award-winning documentary, “We Were Here,” and occasionally receive messages from people who’ve seen it. The following arrived a few days ago, a perfect reminder to all of us, in these polarized times, to continue to do our work, stay committed to our beliefs, and tell our stories. Hearts and minds can and do change. “Hi Ed. I just watched the movie in which you are feat

My new friend

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler honours Shanti's life and faces a new diagnosis.

My new friend

“And now its Wed. Tue was another day from the Hellien Gods. Centered around my new bodily curiousity the nature of which is too delicate for my demure conversational boundaries.” … as written to an older female friend earlier today. Thoughts change quickly. Well, fuck demure. As I wrote to another friend, David: "Re: sex - I doubt it will happen again in my lifetime. When I think of it, sex fucked up my life. As you said, “So much disease with sex.” And do we really pay attention?

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

Talking about faith: a Christian with HIV, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (currently Miss Congo UK), and Vida Boateng, in one of the videos in the resource A NEW government-funded video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV has been praised by church leaders and health professionals. The online resource, Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith. It is due to be launched in London next Thursday, 12 October, by the charity Catholics for A

An atheist wonders about praying

published: September, 28, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "One of the things I have learned to understand is the ultimate rule of kindness."

An atheist wonders about praying

As an HIV-positive man who happens to be wheelchair bound, I have been told recently a lot by friends that they are praying for me. Those who are aware of the fact that I am a non believer, immediately follow their kind gesture with an apology like, “I know you are an atheist but...” Atheism is not a religion and I call myself a non believer of the prejudicial, judgmental, bigoted idea of “God”. I have encountered since I was a child, many situations and postures, many of them conf

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver picks up a few shots of inspiration at Realize Forum 2017.

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

“Today, by examining from the personal perspective of PLWHIV we want to zero in on what has worked... in terms of accessing services; what needs to be improved, and by listening to people who developed and implemented programs that are innovative, what they think can be adapted elsewhere, plus find out how they did what they did and finally where can these services go next.” – Tammy C. Yates, Opening Remarks to Realize Forum 2017 Realize is the only national organization that has worked

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

published: April, 11, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Spirituality, International , Billy Santo, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Billy Santo, of the Philippines interviews himself for PositiveLite.com.

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

Preferred name for credits? Billy Santo Organizational Affiliation(s)? Bi Positive What would you do today if nothing scared you? I would educate people regarding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and would never have to be afraid of disclosing my status. I'd like to make them aware that people like me exist and should be treated normally, without the prejudice and discrimination that comes from every family, the community, the church, the workplace. What is something that you expected to happen but

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

published: April, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Spirituality, Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "There’s always something you can do, no matter how terrible the moment."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

Day 30. Honoring Our Experience I’ve headed north for a weekend retreat called “Honoring Our Experience.” It’s going to be three days with many others who survived the early days of the AIDS epidemic, men and women, HIV positive and negative, long term survivors and those who’ve recently seroconverted. I’m looking forward to circling with others who’ve survived great hardship and continue to do so. I’m hoping some of the awfulness I feel about Trump will be lessened, at least

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a "Seq Worker". But what does he mean?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler on how staying sane takes work

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a

Asked recently how I spend my time, a clear simple answer was hardly suitable. Yet to offer an accurate statement would take the entire evening. Spending the next few days pondering a succinct reply, irony speaks most loudly in my ear. Ready for the next time this question comes up, "Seq Worker" will be the response. Confusing and throwing the inquirer off balance – off balance because, firstly they would have to admit they know the term; secondly because they would be astonished to be in t

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