Articles tagged with: activism

Generation game

published: April, 06, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on the state of sex education in UK schools today

Generation game

Hearing that almost 90% of 12-17 year olds in the UK taking part in a sexual health survey felt they would never be at risk of HIV during their entire lifetime is the sort of eye-opener that reminds me why I am proud to be an HIV activist.  When a BBC Newsbeat journalist got in contact with me on Twitter with the MAC AIDS Fund survey findings I wasn’t surprised to discover the results weren’t good, but I was shocked at just how bad the state of sexual health knowledge is amongst Britain

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

published: April, 02, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A moment in our history. Expelled from New York's GMHC in the 80s for his overly aggressive tactics, Larry Kramer returned last month to be honoured with a Lifetime Activism Award. Bob Leahy reports.

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

Kelsey Louie (left) and Larry Kramer at 2015 GMHC Spring GalaPhoto credit: Matthew McDermott I’ve always liked Larry Kramer. Not unreservedly, 100% liked, because that degree of acceptance, with a man like this, is hard to pull off. But I’ve liked him a lot. Not because he graciously allowed me to interview him for PositiveLite.com a few years back but because he is lively and literate and impassioned – and angry. “The angriest gay man in the world” is what he has been called. That

The Red

published: March, 30, 2015 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A poem from Philip J H Dawson for the young or newly diagnosed to help them understand the early days of the epidemic

 The Red

I wrote this 'journey' with the hope that this piece may somehow provide a snapshot to the younger and newly diagnosed people living with HIV of what the early years looked like for those of us who were there fighting and volunteering and hoping – whom even today have difficulty in comprehending the actions of those who were elected to office when AIDS was destroying everything in sight. The Red  You say you want to be there. Out. Involved. Producing. Living as though Your wings were

Mistake

published: March, 24, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

How I got it. Alex Sparrowhawk says ”I will never be 100% sure but I’m pretty certain that I acquired HIV in June 2009"

Mistake

I’ve probably written and been questioned/interviewed more about my HIV diagnosis than any other topic related to my life with the virus. It’s that time of year where you look at the calendar and think “how the **** is it June already?” – But the past couple of days I’ve also been thinking about something else, not my diagnosis but my ‘infection’.  I will never be 100% sure but I’m pretty certain that I acquired HIV in June 2009, five years ago this month. At the time I wa

Full circle

published: March, 17, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhaw’s activism streak, two years after he came out, is stronger than ever. “I feel I’m now at the point where I can help others not just from afar but face to face, becoming directly involved in helping other people who were once like me.”

Full circle

Last Saturday I had the chance to attend another of THT’s Activism and Involvement workshops, lucky for me this one was hosted at George House Trust in Manchester. It was a great day and I still surprise myself how I can still learn new things after all this time living with HIV.  It was attending the same themed workshop in Birmingham 2012 that led me to deciding I definitely wanted to be open about my status – hearing and seeing positive speakers talking about visibility and living wit

Home testing

published: March, 09, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk says “In the UK we’re now legally allowed to purchase kits to test for HIV in our own homes. Aside from the drawback that no approved testing kits currently exist in the UK I have more worrying concerns about the change in the law.”

Home testing

There are three main reasons why I don’t agree with the changes:  Ignoring stigma General sexual health Willingness to access post diagnosis care following a positive result  I can completely understand the logic of needing to increase testing in the country. Too few people have regular sexual health checks and many people are worried about attending clinics, presumed to be due to the stigma attached to doing so. And that’s my first issue with home testing. Rather than investing

Beige…

published: February, 18, 2015 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder sees “a beige pall descending over the AIDS industry. Down to zero, Stop AIDS, Treatment as Prevention and other campaigns that focus on the mechanics of HIV seem to have robbed us of any imagination and life.”

Beige…

“…the bland leading the bland.”  Murray Schumach  It may just be me (it often is), but I sense a beigeness to things. It could be my age – at 53 I don’t have the same “oomph” I did when I was a cherry-cheeked youth full of piss and vinegar, and I’ve talked with others my age who are going through the same mid-life crisis. We’re questioning what our roles are, what our identity is in just about everything and with just about everyone. And we have no answers.  Everything

We are not Charlie

published: January, 13, 2015 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

The dangers of speaking out. Michael Yoder on how free speech is curtailed in the AIDS movement by rules which ban advocacy work for those receiving government funding

We are not Charlie

“The Emperor has no clothes!” Hans Christian Anderson  “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Oscar Wilde  The tragedy in France has been felt all over the planet. I even changed my Facebook pictures to reflect the sentiment “Je Suis Charlie”. But the more I started to consider the concept of free speech the more I wondered how “free” our speech really is.  The assassins claimed to have avenged the Prophet – in retaliati

Five years old today

published: December, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

December 1 2014 marks PositiveLite.com’s five year anniversary. Editor Bob Leahy, who has been with the site from the beginning, looks back at its genesis and its history since.

Five years old today

From the archives: Press Release: PositiveLite.Com, A webzine for HIV positve gay men launches Dec. 1st, 2009 (Editor: note the typo)    For Immediate Release (November 30, 2009) This World AIDS Day – December 1, 2009 – a brand new positive spin on HIV/AIDS is set to “Go viral” with the launch of PositiveLite.com, an e-magazine for HIV positive gay men and their friends. PositiveLite.com is the brainchild of Brandon Williams and Brian Finch who are both ‘out’, long term survi

Larry Kramer doesn’t live here anymore…

published: October, 16, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Movies, Television, Theatre, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says that the raging against complacency in the 80s which was a central thread of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart could apply to those of us living with HIV today

Larry Kramer doesn’t live here anymore…

“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Der Wächter sehr hoch auf der Zinne, Wach auf, du Stadt Jerusalem!...”  “Sleepers wake, the voice is calling us Of the watchmen in the high, high tower; Wake up, you city of Jerusalem!...” J.S. Bach Cantata 140  I recently watched The Normal Heart, and while the waterworks were on and off for various reasons (anger, sadness, despair, remembering…) I started to think what messages the film had for poz people these days.  It’s a powerful mo

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