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Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Community Events, Pride, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Community Events, Conferences, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver attends the 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and comes away with a sense of cautious optimism.

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

So there I was, getting up at three in the morning once again in order to get to Toronto in time for an event. The event in this case was "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights" and I'd been looking forward to it especially since I knew a representative of the federal government would be there and I was very keen to hear what that representative might have to say to us. Two buses and a train later, I was in Toronto, waiting for the symposium to begin. First off, Trevor

U=U’s Bruce Richman is speaking in Calgary

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, As Prevention , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In his third visit to Canada to speak about the groundbreaking news that Undetectable =Untransmittable, Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman is in Calgary June 20

U=U’s Bruce Richman is speaking in Calgary

He’s spoken in Toronto, Montreal and Gananoque, Ontario. Now New York City’s Bruce Richman, the Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign, returns to Canada for two appearances at HIV Community Link (fomerly AIDS Calgary) on June 20.  Most people who have seen Richman speak – I’ve presented three times with him - would I think agree that he’s a powerful and charismatic speaker with a message that packs a big emotional wallop. Richman will be speaking first to clients at

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Community Events, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: on the racist LGBT response to #NoJusticeNoPride

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

No Justice No Pride protesters blocking the Capital Pride Parade. (Photo: Dylan Comstock) Hell hath no fury like a privileged white gay man who has waited too long for the next pride parade contingent to sashay by. When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the DC Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already epic three-hour parade, you could hear the ice cubes impatiently rattling in Bloody Mary glasses for blocks. Revelers at three locations on the route were forced to co

Rethinking justice

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Community Events, Events, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presents the seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

Rethinking justice

Join the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on June 15, 2017 for our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights. This year’s event will take a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada and around the world. Registration is open! For further details and to confirm your spot, visit aidslaw.ca/symposium For more information, call 416-595-1666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. docume

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific

All welcome -- come out and mingle, socialize, chat, have fun, share your stories!

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

 SAVE THE DATE - Sunday June 4, 2017 The Senior Pride Network Presents In Partnership with The 519 and The Buddies Youth/Elders Project  The First SENIOR Intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride Event!  Date: Sunday June 4, 2017 Time: 5 pm - 8 pm Location: The 519 Community Centre (519 Church St.) Entertainment: DJ's and dancing Free, but donations to the Senior Pride Network are welcome!  PERFORMANCES, PRIZES, HENNA ARTIST AND MUCH MORE! Physically accessible/scent free/substan

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, Music, Media

Grace Church-on-The-Hill; Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

Event Details Start: 7 June 2017 6:30 pm Venue: Grace Church-on-The-Hill Tickets are available for online purchase here. Tickets available at the door:  Pay-as-you-can (suggested minimum $10) Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:30 pm Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30 Accessible entrance from Russell Hill Road (East side of the church) Can’t attend? Support realize with a donation!

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the scoop on what funding challenges mean for the upcoming CAS Forum and AGM

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

Regina, Saskatchewan It was a break from tradition. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) had hoped to have their annual Forum and AGM in Vancouver, B.C.. But funding issues have curtailed those plans. The forum for people living with HIV will instead be held in Regina, Saskatchewan June 7 and 8. PositiveLite.com has learned that the AGM, which usually piggybacks on to the forum, will instead be conducted by way of online webinar at a date to be confirmed. That sounds like an unusual move and it

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Conference report: Bob Leahy and the takeaway messages from Ottawa that point to an uncertain future for the aging HIV population.

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

Time bomb I much enjoyed going to Ottawa last week for The Bruce House conference – they tagged it #EnvisionForum - on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. An ambitious program with a welcome focus on aging, an interesting setting (the old Ottawa courthouse) and a hugely committed group of Bruce House staff and volunteers led to an engaging and thoughtful couple of days in our nation’s capital.  Rob Olver has already covered the highlights from his perspective. It’s a good read.

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on U=U champion Bruce Richman’s appearances at community meetings in Toronto and Montreal next month. Details here.

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

Want to meet the man who started a movement that has changed the way we speak about HIV?  New York City’s Bruce Richman, a founder of the Prevention Access Campaign’s highly successful U=U campaign will be visiting Canada next month to engage in two community meetings.  Since it waS launched last year, the  U=U message has become ubiquitous – and not just in English.  The number of community partners now exceeds 130 from over 20 countries around the globe. Richman himself has attra

HIV stigma: My fear of the red ribbon

published: March, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS, Ruaidhri O’Baoill tells of dealing with the internalized stigma made apparent by wearing the red ribbon.

HIV stigma: My fear of the red ribbon

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I remember the first time I wore the red ribbon for World AIDs Day and how uncomfortable and self-conscious I felt. I had only been diagnosed with HIV six months before, so looking back now I can appreciate that I had a lot going on. However, I remember being incredibly nervous of the looks or the attention I might receive as a result of wearing it. Would wearing it mean people would automatically assu

New Tools for Community-Based Research course: February 2017

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Research, Upcoming Events, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Universities Without Walls has partnered with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to launch a professional certificate program.

New Tools for Community-Based Research course:  February 2017

Tools for Community-Based Research is a seven week course that incorporates self-directed education modules and live online discussion. Our goal is to get you ready to participate in and contribute to community-based research teams, especially those engaged with health research. When? The course will run from February 6 - March 31, 2017. You can find the curriculum overview and registration information here. Scholarships: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network will offer a number of scholars

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Community Events, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Photography, Pets, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. guy Kengi says 2017 is sure to be a challenging year.

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

As I sit down to write this entry I do so with a heavy heart, but a spirit that is encouraged. I say this because my Great Aunt is still not doing well and last night I received word that one of her daughters, my cousin, has suffered a stroke. They both are recovering in separate hospitals. Your good thoughts, affirmations and prayers are greatly appreciated. I’m encouraged and even comforted because I know God, my creator, will provide what is best for them both. So, I guess I should say H

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

SAVE THE DATE: Bruce House, Ottawa presents its first forum focusing on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging in March

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

envision.enlighten.engage.energize  Date: March 22-23, 2017 Location: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Description: This two-day event will raise awareness, build momentum, and offer opportunities to share knowledge around HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. The forum will focus on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging and features Dr. Kelly O'Brien (University of Toronto) as keynote speaker. Additional presenters include PSAN, HALCO, realize, and more. A recepti

Lifegiving gifts

published: December, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

From the U.K., Alex Sparrowhawk says, "... perhaps the best gift of all would be to share our knowledge and spirit with one another."

Lifegiving gifts

During another successful National HIV Testing Week I’ve spoken to a lot of different people about my own experiences of testing, and the one test that altered my life forever. I’m now seven years into my journey with HIV and with World AIDS Day 2016 approaching I’ve been thinking about the remarkable changes that have happened during that time. Seven years ago I was told I would need to start medication immediately, I was diagnosed ‘late’ and even though it was only five or six mon

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