Articles tagged with: activism

How can we kick neuropathy into the glossies?

published: September, 30, 2014 Categories // Activism, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R: Despite between a quarter and a third of people living with HIV ending up with neuropathy, it still draws blank stares from most people When will neuropathy become sexy enough to hit the headlines?

How can we kick neuropathy into the glossies?

“I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace but the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease.”‘The Kicker’ Josh Billings 1818-1885 Apparently the figure of twenty million Americans alone with neuropathy isn’t enough to make it a Twitter Trending Topic, or a Facebook phenomenon. That’s maybe understandable when you think of the average age of social networkers but the fact remains that, one way or another we have to get neuropathy taken seriously as a major

The AIDS bores

published: August, 12, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin is putting HIV in its place. Five years after diagnosis he says “Sure, HIV is an interesting subject. It’s not however the only topic of conversation under heaven and very certainly not the only one I’m interested in.”

The AIDS bores

August 5th, 2014 was the fifth anniversary of my AIDS diagnosis.  That’s right, AIDS. Not some wimpy HIV+ diagnosis made in otherwise perfect health, with T-cells in their hundreds romping merrily around chiseled muscles, under well-tanned skin glowing with health, exfoliated and moisturized into a fair semblance of the angelic or divine.  Nope, four little T-cells lonely in the too-vast milliliter of blood they shared with somewhat over a million boorish copies of the unwelcome viral g

Stepping up the pace for trans people, gay men, and other MSM: a community perspective

published: July, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Laurindo Garcia, a poz gay man from The Philippines and Founder B-Change, gave a speech at AIDS 2014 which rocked the house. Here it is.

Stepping up the pace for trans people, gay men, and other MSM: a community perspective

PositiveLite.com writes: the speech which is reproduced below in slightly edited form was delivered to a plenary session of AIDS 2014 in Melbourne and was also the subject of an aidsmap article titled “Tackling moral judgments about sex and sexuality is vital for HIV prevention” that appeared here. ***** Originally I was thinking to tell you the story of my HIV diagnosis. About how my diagnosis in 2004 resulted in the threat of deportation due to Singapore’s HIV travel restrictions. I

Evolve is just the beginning

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Community Events, Activism, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi reports on the art show he organized that featured artists from every ethnic andeconomic background as well as people living with HIV, a homeless person - gay, lesbian, transgender and straight

Evolve is just the beginning

On July 10, 2014 about 400 people turned out to walk the red carpet for the opening reception of the Evolve art show at Art Share LA in Downtown Los Angeles featuring over 25 photographers, ceramists and artists. It was far more than what I could have imagined it would be. From the time I taped down the red carpet before our 6pm opening, it was as if that somehow signalled it was time to start. People just kept arriving all night long. I was so blown away The show featured artists from every

Between credibility and conflict of interest

published: July, 02, 2014 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith reacts to calls from the community for a national voice for people living with HIV in Canada

Between credibility and conflict of interest

“AIDS organizations don’t represent us.”  “Others are making their names with their HIV/AIDS work without producing tangible benefits for people with HIV.”  I’m paraphrasing, of course, but the sentiments and the expression of them should be familiar to anyone living with HIV or working in the HIV field. As someone straddling that line — living with HIV and working in the field — I can see the truths behind the statements as much as I can feel unfairly targeted by them. It

The glamour and money of HIV activism

published: April, 14, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Long term survivor Steve from BeyondPositive: “A number of people seem to think there’s a certain amount of glamour and money that comes with being an HIV activist or advocate, but what’s the reality?"

The glamour and money of HIV activism

This article first appeared on BeyondPositive here.   If I might quote from a recent post by our editor, Tom Hayes, on Facebook: “I’ve seen some snarky tweets/statuses alluding that HIV activists/advocates (like myself) only do the work we do for the “glamour and money”. Most months I don’t make enough money to feed myself. And I don’t find anything remotely glamorous about staying in budget hotels (that I often have to pay for myself) and talking about side effects like diarr

Batteries not included…

published: March, 20, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder on the deterioration he sees in the “AIDS industry" which he says is a symptom of less community involvement, more bureaucracy and “professionalism.”

Batteries not included…

“I’ll get you! And your little dog, too!”  The Wizard of Oz I recently had a conversation on Facebook about how everything seems to be falling apart in the AIDS movement (or “industry” as I choose to call it). Funding is being cut to various groups across the country and what little is left has enough strings attached to make a marionette look absolutely free.  I think it’s a symptom of “creeping professionalism” – more and more we are faced with less “community” and

Why am I so open about being HIV-positive?

published: February, 27, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton says it’s because he wants to reduce stigma, be a voice for those that can’t speak for themselves, help others, represent the face of HIV+ heterosexuals - and because all this helps him too.

Why am I so open about being HIV-positive?

I have been asked this question recently by several friends of mine as well as some that I communicate with daily on social media. Why is it that I am so open when so many people are private about their status and keep it in “the closet” so to speak? I think it is a very important question for anyone who is open about their status or consider themselves an HIV activist to reflect on. Are you doing this for the right reasons? Are you open about your status for the right motivations? Is it

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage

published: February, 05, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

In a stinging indictment of America’s response to the out of control epidemic in gay men, Michael Bouldin says “We no longer fight AIDS. What we do instead is curate it.” That he says is “why Planet Gay needs aggressive street-fighters like ACT UP"

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage [Read Part One here. Full disclosure: The author is a member of ACT UP New York, therefore possibly not entirely devoid of bias. This piece expressly does not carry the sanction of ACT UP, nor has it been reviewed or approved by, or speak for, any agency thereof. All weaknesses and errors, and there are many, are the author’s.] If the gay community – or for that matter the more variegated HIV/AIDS community – were entirely honest with itself, we w

Being an activism-minded activist

published: January, 30, 2014 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Rodney Rousseau says “I call myself an HIV/AIDS activist, but what does that really mean?” Turns out there is a lot of learning involved.

Being an activism-minded activist

Having been born in the late 80’s, I really wasn’t around for the emergence of the modern gay rights movement of the 60’s and 70’s. Nor was I around for the early days of AIDS loss and mass grassroots HIV/AIDS activism. In the absence of that lived experience, it’s been a slow process to build my interest and passion for social justice. I am from the beginning of a generation that too often takes equity and social justice for granted.  We haven’t had to fight for anything in our

<<  1 2 3 4 [56 7 8 9  >>