Arts and Entertainment

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

published: May, 13, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, Shan Kelley's provocative art reframes sickness and stigma

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

This article by Jennifer McPhee first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  When I call mixed media artist Shan Kelley, 37, one evening, at his home in Montreal, he apologetically asks to reschedule our interview because his 16-month-old daughter has a cold and is up past her betime. Later, he admits that prior to his HIV diagnosis five years ago he hadn’t envisioned having a child. He actually surprised himself by sud

Buddies has a winner with Tom at the Farm

published: April, 18, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times latest show “Tom at the Farm”, a highly gripping tale of love, grief, malice, homo-eroticism and lies that runs until May 10

Buddies has a winner with Tom at the Farm

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we stray form the truth. And tangled indeed are the relationships in the exciting psycho-sexual thriller “Tom at the Farm  by the extraordinary Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard which opened Thursday at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  It’s taut, it’s tense, it’s terrifying – and it’s terriffic. Gripping from the get-go, the tension never lets up. In its simple form, it’s a tale of a young man, Tom, who visits the home of his r

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

published: April, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Another set of music reviews from Toronto poz spinner DJ Relentless – plus a free remix

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

It's a slow start for spring in the north east but there's a lot of new music being dropped. Some good. Some bad. Some interesting. So, let's just jump right in and start talking about what's working and what's not….  First up is Rihanna. Many recording artists get to a moment in their career when they have to start growing up and make some serious decisions on where and what their music is going to be. For example Lady GaGa took a bold step with her duets album with Tony Bennett (and also

The night Miss America met the Biggest Star in the World

published: March, 24, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King scores again with a touching story of celebrity and an early AIDS hero he once worked with

The night Miss America met the Biggest Star in the World

It wasn’t easy keeping my composure when I interviewed for my first job for an AIDS agency in 1987. Sitting across from me was Daniel P. Warner, the founder of the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti. Daniel was achingly beautiful. He had brown eyes as big as serving platters and muscles that fought the confines of the safe sex t-shirt he was wearing.  At 26 years old, with my red hair and freckles that had not yet faded, I wasn’t used to having conversations with the kind

(Modern, Political, Radical) Pulp Friction

published: March, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Another poem from guest contributor Michael Carosone who says we need more positivity, more role models, more anger and more loud voices

(Modern, Political, Radical) Pulp Friction

(Modern, Political, Radical) Pulp Friction  Pulp Friction Pulp Friction   I think that it is a title of a gay porn film If not, then it should be It’s a perfect title, and would be a perfect film   But the friction should not only come… cum from the passionate pulp between their legs The friction should also come… cum from the anger in their minds and souls   Pulp Friction Pulp Friction   More friction More friction   Less waiting Less patience   Fight for y

This is how you teach AIDS literature

published: February, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest contributor Michael Carosone from New York with an emotional poem inspired by his experience teaching AIDS literature and the History of AIDS in the Gay Community in the United States in the 1980s.

This is how you teach AIDS literature

In 2013, I taught a freshman seminar course in literature and history, as part of the First Year Experience Program at New Jersey City University. I created the curriculum for the course, and my focus was AIDS literature and the History of AIDS in the Gay Community in the United States in the 1980s.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  One of my students sent this email to me at the end of the semester:  "Thank you for opening my eyes about homophobia and gay culture. Before

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

published: February, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Another music review by DJ Relentless PLUS there's a bonus link

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

After the Grammys it seems like a good time to discuss what's happening on the dance floors (or at least my dance floor). There's plenty of singles and remixes that are working and a few that should never be heard in public…ever!  Madonna's "Living For Love" is the new bell of the ball. With mixes by DJ Paulo, Erick Morillo and Djemba how could she go wrong? Really great productions, but believe it or not…..I'm stuck on the extended version of the album mix. But if you want a great mash-

Our transgender teachable moment

published: February, 11, 2015 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Television, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the new visibility of trans men and women in activism, in the media and in the arts

Our transgender teachable moment

The lobby of the Melbourne convention center at the international AIDS conference last July was packed with scientists, community educators, and activists. I was busy wrangling interviews for my daily video blogs.  Across the room I spotted JoAnne Keatley and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, two of the most visible transgender women in the world and experts on transgender issues. I scurried up to them for a sound bite on their thoughts about the conference. “This has been quite a year for trans pe

HIV and the arts

published: February, 11, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says, "I’ve had the opportunity to show my photos before but the Art for HIV for Art show in Toronto was one that I’m so thankful I was asked to take part in."

HIV and the arts

It’s been just over 4 years since I began to get involved in the HIV community. I was diagnosed in April 2003 but I had an undetectable viral load and my CD4 was high - around 600. My doctor said I was where they hoped they could have everyone who is HIV-positive. I was able to just continue on with my life normally. There was no need for me to take medications and my doctor said I could go ten years or more without them if I stayed healthy and my immune system kept fighting the virus on i

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

published: February, 11, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Television, Music, Opinion Pieces

Alphonso King Jr.aka DJ Relentless reviews last Sunday’s music awards

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

The music industry is all abuzz because of last Sunday's Grammys ceremony. From performances that reminded us why we love Annie Lennox to history repeating itself with Kanye West storming the stage to disagree with an outcome at the awards…..people are definitely talking. There were a few surprises. Katy Perry really impressed me with her song "By The Grace Of God" and Rihanna was in great voice for her performance of her new single "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye and Paul McCarthy. And of cou

Kick the bucket?

published: February, 03, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Not for Alex Sparrowhawk. Instead he continues to work through his bucket list of things he wants to achieve

Kick the bucket?

It’s an expected reaction on the news that you’ve contracted a serious illness to ask "how long have I got?" I would think that most people receiving a diagnosis like HIV would have contemplated this question at some time or another; it’s quite natural and endemic in western culture for human beings to look at the journey of life by considering its end and death.  When I found out I was HIV-positive I did initially believe I had come to understand the way I would die. I thought that wa

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

published: January, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless talks about Selma, the movie about Martin Luther King Jr., and what it means to him

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

It took me a couple of days to ponder what I was going to write in this blog. Being a gay black man married to a gay white Canadian man watching the film, Selma in a Toronto theatre on one of the coldest days of 2015 (so far), I cried a little for all the people who fought and died for me to have the right to be who I am today.  To say that Selma is required viewing is an understatement. It's phenomenal that in major cities across the United States business people came together to ensure 7th

Storytelling: the act of subversion

published: January, 15, 2015 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch says “micro” interventions like personal story telling to small audiences are what are going to advance us more than articles in newspapers and glossy social media campaigns.

Storytelling: the act of subversion

What is old is new again.  In Toronto only a few years ago there was only a handful of storytelling shows in the city, including the one I started with a friend. Today there are so many I am no longer able to keep track.  What is great about storytelling and its community is that it is very humanizing. The stage is a great equalizer when we are each taking turns being vulnerable. The act of sharing our stories breaks down barriers and brings people together. I love the storytelling com

Do you hear the wind?

published: January, 12, 2015 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From Philip J H Dawson comes a poem written with inspiration and remembrance for a missed and much loved man.

Do you hear the wind?

 This is a poem written with inspiration and remembrance for a missed and much loved man. A man who fought, suffered, and lost the battle of AIDS shortly before life-saving antiretroviral medications came out. And for all those who have died while enduring the agony that is AIDS.  Long live the AIDS Quilt!   ***** “Do You Hear The Wind?”  I pull the sheet closer up over my shoulders.  Refusal.  For a day.  This  Day.  Oh, denial has a lovely scent of lavender.  I lay a

HBO's “Looking” to include Truvada as PrEP as "Big Plot Point"

published: January, 09, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Television, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com a report on how PrEP use is inflitrating plot lines of TV dramas

HBO's “Looking” to include Truvada as PrEP as

This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared  in TheBody.com  here.  The hit HBO dramedy “Looking” follows the lives of three gay men living in San Francisco. And, in a move that shows that the writers are staying on top of real conversations in the gay world, they will be writing a major plotline regarding the use of the anti-HIV medication Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Actor Frankie J. Alvarez gave an interview to the LGBT website Queerty, in which he

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