Arts and Entertainment

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Events, Travel, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

Abundance

published: June, 29, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

"Happy, content and thriving," our LA guy Kengi reflects on how he got there - with a tip of the hat to PositiveLite.com.

Abundance

I’m sitting inside a McDonald’s on a hot Saturday afternoon and I’m thinking to myself just how different my life is. I just left the Reef where my gallery is located. Imagine that, I’m a gallery owner. This is pretty crazy when you think that I once stood outside this location begging for something to eat during my 29 months of homelessness. Today I simply walked in and paid with no problem whatsoever. Not only that, as I sit here I’m recalling the nights I slept in the dirt in fro

Remembrance by candlelight

published: June, 14, 2016 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Don Short “Without fanfare, I'm posting an excerpt from my revised poem written for a past AIDS Candlelight Memorial. It honors those whose lives were tragically shortened by AIDS in the 80s/90s, the survivors of today and the hopeful who await the cure

Remembrance by candlelight

I knew of some gents, when I was young and naïve.  These men were invincible.  A choir of rebels.  1981.   They’re no longer around.   The deluge of AIDS relentlessly unkind,  pulling them under an angry tide,  drowning more than their vitality, charisma and fame.    Among this chorus of valiant men,   my friend - Don.  Handsome and gallant.  Stoic and proud.  True leader of the pack.    His mask of polished veneer  would soften, as secrets were shared. 

The Body Politic – a rich slice of Toronto’s queer history now on stage

published: May, 28, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews The Body Politic at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a play about the newspaper - and the collective -that was so central to the birth of LGBT rights in the 70s and 80s

The Body Politic – a rich slice of Toronto’s queer history now on stage

Aldrin Bundoc & Geordie Johnson (photo by Jeremy Mimnagh) “Gay Liberation.” How quaint that term sounds today. But it was certainly uppermost in the hearts and minds of the handful of people, some still living, who founded Canada’s first gay liberation newspaper in October 1971. Called The Body Politic, its turbulent life span ran out after 135 issues in 1987. Overtaken by Xtra, also from Pink Triangle Press,  which took a more populist approach to LGBT news and views, The Body Pol

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Upcoming Events, Performances, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews HIV science reporter and stripper Benjamin "Ben" Ryan.

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan)  When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was “just awful” for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside. Cue the vict

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

published: May, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King calls Daniel Cardone’s Desert Migration “an almost clinical look at the after-effects of a catastrophe.”

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, shave, meditate. Their faces peer directly at us — a few of them handsome, all of them weathered — in high definition close-up. We are bein

When HIV and the art world connect

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Photography, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. guy Kengi on finding a voice and empowerment through art

When HIV and the art world connect

As I sit down to type this article I’m smiling, listening to ‘Higher Than This’ by Ledisi, while sitting inside my gallery. Yeah, I know right? My gallery. I still giggle every single time I say it. As many of you know my life has always been filled with music, art and photography and as I’ve said many times before, photography has been and still is my therapy. During homelessness photography was my voice. It spoke loud and clear for me, allowing me to raise awareness for many issues

The Chair

published: April, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Thoughtful poetry from Ontario guest writer Gregory Scratch and a metaphor for life. ”You walk away and wonder still how long I will be here; I’m just waiting for the call, the train is getting near”

The Chair

I watch you as you walk on by and try not to meet my gaze  You wonder as you move along about my younger days  You pity me as I sit here locked behind a wall  Made of memories from my past, my greatness and my fall  You ask yourself “Why is he here still taking up some space?”  You need to know that some day soon you will be in my place  What you see with your young eyes is just some packaging  That holds a gift forgotten here, but so worth scavenging  I’ve built a life w

Giving exposure to women and HIV

published: April, 11, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi takes on a photography assignment which opens his eyes to the work of Christie's Place, an agency serving women living with HIV and their families.

Giving exposure to women and HIV

As someone living with HIV, I’m always drawn to personal stories from people I can relate to, but those stories are very hard to find in mainstream HIV media. I’m not interested in reading stories that have more to do with fundraising efforts or advertisements. I love real life stories from the person who has experienced it. So I spend a lot of time reading personal blogs, watching YouTube or speaking to people I meet on the street.  As a photographer I’m always drawn to and interested

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Community Events, DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless on the new part of town for LGBT Entertainment

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

Spring seems like its coming and so is a change of scenery for the LGBT community. If you live in Toronto, everyone is familiar with The Gay Village on Church Street and of course the alternative scene on Queen Street West. But have you heard about The Eastside Movement?  I would say it started with a bar called WAYLA about 5 years ago. Great spot. It's actually an auto garage converted into a bar and nightclub. I have spun there on many occasions and even had a few consistent events that r

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.  This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula

A humbling moment.

published: March, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow enters a photography competition and says “this whole experience affirmed my belief that no matter what I have been through or going through now, there will always be someone less fortunate".

A humbling moment.

I have a wonderful group of peers who really know me – from the things I like (bacon) to my hobby (photography). Last December one peer was sitting on a committee with another organization that had organized an art show/contest called ‘Hope and Help: Overcoming Trauma’ and he suggested that I enter. I asked him to email me the entry information and I would take a look at it.  I downloaded the flyer, familiarized myself with the requirements and decided I would enter the contest. I coul

Trans comedy – Bob Leahy Reviews No Strings (Attached)

published: March, 19, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Writer and actor Sunny Drake brings his one-(trans) man show to Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Trans comedy – Bob Leahy Reviews No Strings (Attached)

It’s an engaging premise. The audience are at a meeting of Romance-aholics Anonymous. Latecomer Jimmy, played by the talented Sunny Drake, pops out of the audience ludicrously dressed and carrying flowers, his turn to share his story, having been lured there by a Craig’s List ad. And does Sunny share! And share!  Jimmy is an athletic, hyper-active sexually obsessed nerd, thankfully a likeable one, who takes us into his confidence with a succession of wacky tales illustrating his mostly h

Life’s a drag

published: March, 11, 2016 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

RuPaul returns to TV in a new season - and our Philip Minaker is a fan!

Life’s a drag

Fasten your seat belts and start your engines Squirrels! Another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has hit the Boob Tube. Yes, indeedy, Season 8 started with a new crew of a dozen Drag Queens vying for the title of The Next Drag Superstar.   The first episode not only introduced the new cast of characters but also marked the 100th episode and 100th Drag Queen to sashay into the limelight and into our mindsets. Adding to the jubilation was the return of the previous season winners who participa

Valentines, zombies and bacon roses: a true story

published: February, 22, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

A (Valentine’s) day in the life of Wayne Bristow

Valentines, zombies and bacon roses: a true story

Heart of Stone – photo by Wayne Bristow Valentine’s Day. It’s not like I didn’t know this day was coming. On social media it’s impossible to avoid the barrage of messaging between all my followers. I could have made plans, maybe ask someone out, but who? I could have asked around to see if anyone was having a get together or party but why should I always have to impose myself into the plans of others. So I do what I’m used to doing, turn it into a ME day, do what I want to do and

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