Articles tagged with: homophobia

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

published: August, 05, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

“Can I get an extra serving of HATE with light CRAZY on that Chicken Sandwich?” (another blog by DJ Relentless)

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

By now, we have all likely heard about the row which started when  the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A announced in mid-July that his company has given money to anti-gay marriage organizations. Considering the origins of the company, I wasn’t surprised to find this out. I had decided to boycott them way back. The only difference now is that they have officially made a public statement which demonstrates that their views are anti-gay. And now all hell has broken loose!  The internet

When Two Worlds Collide

published: July, 04, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter and a film about persecuted gay genius Alan Turing and intersections between the worlds of science and gay issues - like homophobia.

When Two Worlds Collide

Remember how I wrote about living in two worlds?  Well, last week, my worlds collided, or shall I say, coincided, with a public event that bridged discussions around science and homophobia. Last week, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at The University of Waterloo held a free screening of a documentary on Alan Turing called Codebreaker.  Don’t know who Alan Turing was? He should actually be a household name, but few people outside the world of

Small Town Boy

published: March, 15, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on rural life and the unexpected rewards that can result from challenging HIV stigma and homophobia in what may look like a hostile environment – but isn’t.

Small Town Boy

Mother will never understand Why you had to leave For the love that you need Will never be found at home And the answer you seek Will never be found at home* I am a blogger from way back with this probably annoying habit of  starting each of my blog entries with a song title which fits the topic, at least minimally.  I stress minimally. Clearly that habit hasn’t died – and clearly the connections between song title and blog subject remain tenuous at best.  Still, all for art. *Lyr

A plea to men

published: February, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest author Jim Swimm, in his third post for us, writes “I’ve taken on this crusade to fight for LGBT youth because I was personally affected by one young man's senseless, tragic death but, frankly, it’s not mine to fight”.

A plea to men

In late September of 2010, while walking my dog with a friend along the banks of the Harlem River in Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park, my life was changed forever. In a shocking moment right out of 'Law and Order', I came upon a dead body floating face-down in the water. That experience alone was quite traumatic, without a doubt. But little did I know just how traumatic and life-altering it would turn out to be. You see, that lifeless body in the water turned out to be young Tyler Clementi, th

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Capturing the voices of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, a powerful 20-minute documentary takes you into the hearts, minds, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

Youth in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada face many similar issues with respect to the risk of contracting HIV. An international project that linked youth from Jamaica and Ontario to address these issues resulted in a powerful 20-minute video documentary that takes you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV. You can see the video here. You can also read more about the issues facing these youth on the website of the Interagency Co

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

published: November, 22, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh attended a presentation on HIV and aging at the 2011 Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto. Here’s his report and a conversation he had about the latest Canadian research on this subject

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

When HIV and AIDS first appeared on the scene thirty years ago, it was a terrifying illness that quickly killed those who became infected. Yet through scientific and community efforts it’s now turned into a condition that, if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, can be managed into old age. Thanks to such advances in treatment, people with HIV are living much longer than ever before. According to information compiled by CATIE, it’s estimated that 12% of HIV+ people in Canada are 50 y

A Caribbean Story, Part Two

published: November, 21, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley, a new immigrant seeking refugee status in Canada, continues the story of his childhood and awakening sexuality.

A Caribbean Story, Part Two

In Part One, Scott described his early years, leading up to disclosing to those around him, at age six, that he thought Kevin Costner attractive. Scott: That Kevin Costner episode left me totally confused. Why was I punished? Was it because I said he was cute? And what’s a fag anyway? I was only six and didn’t know the answers to those questions. I continued doing what I enjoyed which was playing with my cousin Michelle. One day we were running around the front yard where my uncle Jim wa

Not So Closeted Baird & Other Tory MPs say "It Gets Better"

published: October, 24, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

Is this what's required for the Conservatives to care and to take action; being jailed, suicides, beatings, harassment and potentially the death penalty

Not So Closeted Baird & Other Tory MPs say

Recently I've pulled up my old and somewhat tired activist voice. It's an angry one that I've generally outgrown as I don't particularly like it in me, and I don't in others. That voice crept up recently, actually blew a gasket when I looked at the newspaper to see that on the day of the funeral of Jamie Hulbey, a gay Ottawa teenager who committed suicide, Tory MPs have dedicated videos on Dan Savage's "It Get's Better" campaign. The list of Harper's and other Conservative Parties of past

Can freedom of speech go too far?

published: October, 12, 2011 Categories // Revolving Door, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Randy Verdone is all for free speech but finds offence in ultra-right wing ads which claim to represent “Canadian values”. And what about when those “values” stigmatize minorities?

Can freedom of speech go too far?

Free speech is the right to say what we want. The right to voice our own opinions through any medium we may so choose. But can free speech go too far? Many people have many different views on that subject.   Some believe that if it encroaches on an individuals’ basic human rights then it has passed the line.   Others believe it doesn’t matter; there are no lines that exist. These are very different ideologies and the possible grey area between is quit extensive as well.

Polari, a secret gay language born of homophobia

published: October, 12, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // John McCullagh

John reminisces about the secret language of his youth that enabled gay men to recognize one another and that provided a vocabulary for gay life, sex and sexuality without running the risk of arrest or reprisal.

Polari, a secret gay language born of homophobia

I’ve been thinking recently about how different it is for people to come out of the closet these days compared to my own experience in the early 1960s. This quintessential rite of passage is never easy, of course, but young people today do have access to information about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans - from movies and television, from books and the internet - and many will, perhaps, already have friends or peers who self-identify as queer. It was different for me. When I came out, g

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