Articles tagged with: sexuality

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Mark S. King

Mark S King says “When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, . . we adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones.”

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, she didn’t just have gay hearts aflutter over our love for pageant competitions. We adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones. When she won, she made good on her promise to bring HIV issues to an audience that wasn’t used to Miss America hanging out with dying gay men or performing condom demonstrations. My interview with the groundbre

How do you handle a problem like neurosis?

published: March, 31, 2015 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Matt Levine

Growing up gay in the 70’s and wanting to be liked, Matt Levine was lucky enough to have never had any problem with his peers. He wasn’t bullied by any straight men but when it came to navigating nightlife gay men were a serious problem.

How do you handle a problem like neurosis?

Fat, nice & funny.  And now gay too  I realized I was gay when I was eleven. Summer was over and I couldn’t wait to see my good friend John O’Connell when school started. We had lots of fun – strictly platonic – in Mrs. Rothshield’s 5th grade class and we didn’t see each other much over the summer. But the fates had a different plan in store. John and I we were in different 6th grade classes. At first I didn’t understand why I felt so sad, so bad, so crestfallen. And

Sean Strub and the legacy of AIDS

published: February, 04, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews Sean Strub, founder of POZ Magazine and a lifelong advocate for those of us living with HIV

Sean Strub and the legacy of AIDS

Before my interview with activist Sean Strub, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, let me share a revealing story.  It was late 2011 and my life was in shambles. The breakup of a long term relationship had sent me into a spiral, followed closely by a devastating drug addiction relapse. I had weathered the fallout and taken refuge at my mother’s home in Louisiana. And then came a phone call from Sean Strub, founder of POZ Magazine and lifelong advocate for

Bedding Andrew

published: September, 18, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Features and Interviews, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy in an extended conversation with Toronto neg guy Andrew Morrison-Gurza about life with a disability, sex on wheels, his film “Bedding Andrew” and what he shares with people living with HIV

Bedding Andrew

Bob Leahy: Andrew, thanks for this opportunity to chat. Tell us first about yourself, will you? Who is Andrew? Andrew Morrison-Gurza: I’m a disability awareness consultant doing work to talk about the lived experience of having a disability within the gay community. I just finished my Masters and I think I’m pretty awesome (laughs). (laughs). How do you spend most of your time? Are you in a wheelchair? What’s a typical day look like for you? Well, I get up and I get in my chair and I

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

published: April, 29, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a must-see video that features negative gay men talking about their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

“Talk to me like you talk to your friends when no one is around.”  That was my only request when I sat down with each of four HIV negative gay men to create a short film about their lives and attitudes (video below). They held back nothing, sharing details of their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys. I couldn’t believe their candor, and have worked to distill two days of explicit conversations into ten

Got SPUNK?

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Being a gay, bi, queer or trans guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires SPUNK!

Got SPUNK?

What’s SPUNK! ?  SPUNK! is a confidential, non-judgmental group for gay, bi, queer and trans men in Toronto who want to talk about drugs, alcohol, sex and PnP.  Who's Welcome?  Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer/MSM guys aged 19 and over.  What is it?  A free and confidential six week group for guys that use drugs or alcohol and want a safe place to talk about the ways that substances impact our lives. Previous group members have found the skills and tools that they learned in SPUNK! to be very us

Probing My Anal Phobia

published: January, 20, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on, well - getting to the bottom of it all

Probing My Anal Phobia

My fear of all things anal began when I was an early teen. My older brother David took great delight in bursting into our bathroom to startle me, especially if I was on the john. And, since I was a pubescent redhead, his sudden visits included a lot of laughing and pointing.  I was mortified beyond belief. To this day, I must be sure no one is in the house, and then close and lock the bedroom and bathroom doors before I can properly relax. And I live alone. But you can’t avoid everything

Don’t knock it until you try it

published: January, 15, 2013 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Newish contributor Olivia Kijewski bravely takes on fetishes and comes out swinging against people who knock fetishes because they usually involve sex in ways which defy convention

Recently, the wonderful editors at PositiveLite.com took some of the Toronto-area contributors out for a lovely holiday lunch. Somehow, the conversation moved, as it does, to fetishes, and Bob suggested (jokingly…I think) that I become the resident writer at PositiveLite.com on fetishes. We laughed about it; the thought of a young (yeah, that’s right), somewhat vanilla woman who recently came out of a nine-year monogamous relationship writing about fetishes was a bit humourous. However, a

Sex and party drugs - revisited

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk!

Sex and party drugs - revisited

SPUNK! [spuhngk] - noun a. Courage, spirit, boldness, resilience: Show some spunk. b. A slang word for semen                     Being a gay or bi guy requires courage and boldness of spirit - period. Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk! How can we be healthy if we use drugs and alcohol, but are afraid or ashamed to reach out about these t

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

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