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What do dirty stories, a rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

published: January, 21, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch and the night his rabbi unexpectedly drops in on Brian’s deep dish, risqué storytelling event

What do dirty stories, a  rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

I’ve known my rabbi, Rabbi Ben, now for five years. He’s a little older than I am. A petit man, short buzzed grey hair with a small frame. Religiously he’s conservative and socially liberal. Like, be gay, but just be gay with a with nice Jewish boy. When I first met him I’d have to visit him once a month while I was on my path to conversion. I’d always feel awkward with him. He’s super nice and a smart guy. I’ll chalk it up to the “rabbi effect.” My friend’s husband is lik

Conflict lingers but CAS soldiers on

published: December, 08, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) had another difficult month, with stories in the LGBT press and its membership depleted. But CAS soldiers on as its leadership tries to turn things around. Bob Leahy reports

Conflict lingers but CAS soldiers on

190 O'Connor St in downtown Ottawa, the home of the Canadian AIDS Society, has seen almost as much drama this past month as has Parliament Hill, seat of the Federal Government of Canada, just up the street.  In an unprecedented chapter in the history of the Canadian AIDS movement the community has watched as three staffers blew the whistle on management and board amid calls from members for the removal of the Chief Executive Officer. That was followed by her subsequent resignation, the appo

A keynote speech from the heart

published: December, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

We asked Toronto’s David Stempowski, a “short term survivor living with HIV” to share his keynote speech at the Canadian AIDS Society’s recent World AIDS Day gala in Ottawa. We think it’s rather good.

A keynote speech from the heart

My name is David Stempowski. I am the Ontario Regional Director on the Board of the Canadian AIDS Society and this evening I have the honour to be your keynote speaker.  I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your attendance at this evening’s Gala and for your unwavering support and friendship in this fight against HIV that we battle together. Because I am also a short term survivor living with HIV. And I come to you this evening, not only in my role on the Board of the Canadi

Ontario Honour Roll Awards

published: November, 30, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com was at last week's reception in Toronto to honour this year’s three worthy inductees. Past honouree Bob Leahy reports

Ontario Honour Roll Awards

Tonight we tale a brief pause from our non-stop fight against HIV to congratulate key players and reflect on their individual and our collective efforts. Ontario has a rich history of outstanding work and personal sacrifice in this fight. Whether working in a laboratory or on the streets, in a board room or at a podium, providing a helping hand or listening ear, volunteering, mentoring or peforming, together  we are stronger and together we are making a difference.  Ontario AIDS Network Th

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

published: November, 20, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN): Leaders unite across Canada with community-based approaches to HIV and AIDS

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

Calgary, AB (November, 2015) – The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) proudly announces national Aboriginal leadership and their supporters will gather in Calgary, AB on December 1, 2015 to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015. It will be accompanied by workshops across the country (Ottawa, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Inuvik) to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada on November 30, December 2 – 5, 2015.  Every three hours a person is inf

Cool video from Peel HIV/AIDS Network

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto area AIDS Service Organization PHAN out-Beyoncés Beyoncé to draw attention to their World AIDS Day fundraising campaign – and issues a challenge to other agencies.

Cool video from Peel HIV/AIDS Network

A message from Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), serving Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, Ontario. PHAN is happy to share our exciting campaign  #PutARibbonOnIt  for this year WORLD AIDS DAY and wants you to get involved.   Wearing a Red Ribbon is an important symbol in the fight against HIV/AIDS and we are encouraging  the community to wear a Red Ribbon to show their support and solidarity. The fun does not end here… Check out the cool video that PHAN staff has worked on below Pret

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Fundraisers, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CANFAR announces their Toronto fundraiser Bloor Street Entertains, Canada’s largest fundraiser in support of HIV and AIDS research

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

On Wednesday, November 25th, Torontonians will come together to dine in style in support of Canadian AIDS Research.  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research’s (CANFAR) is hosting their annual event, Bloor Street Entertains.  Now in its 19th year guests will enjoy a culinary experience from Toronto’s top chefs in some of the city’s most exquisite boutiques, galleries and museums along the Bloor-Yorkville corridor. This unique and unforgettable evening begins with a seated dinner in

What’s hot with peer research assistants?” 10th Edition World AIDS Day Special

published: November, 13, 2015 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Research, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN/University Without Walls invites you to "Peer’ Power: Celebrating the work of HIV peer researchers!"

What’s hot with peer research assistants?” 10th Edition World AIDS Day Special

Please join us for the “What’s Hot with PRAs?” 10th Edition, World AIDS Day special: "Peer Power: Celebrating the work of HIV peer researchers!" Hosted by James Watson & Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco Tuesday, December 1st @ 2pm On December 1st, we’ll celebrate the contributions of peer researchers everywhere, both past and present. Working at the frontlines of the HIV movement, we unite communities and build bridges while advancing knowledge and driving change. We are the driving fo

CPPN marches on

published: October, 23, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the financial support provided to CPPN/RCPS by PositiveLite.com

CPPN marches on

It’s been a good few months for Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) / Reseau Canadien Des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) . Formed just this past summer as a response to the lack of a community-based voice for people living with HIV across Canada, It seems to be everywhere. Its members were active in securing a place on the national stage at IAS 2015 in Vancouver and in helping draft a position paper on the rights of people living with HIV. Since then CPPN has issued an election call plac

AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates its 30 year anniversary

published: October, 14, 2015 Categories // Events

Philip Dawson was in the nation’s capital to report on ACO’s 30 year anniversary celebration

AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates its 30 year anniversary

In our nations' capital city where high politics and manoeuvering may take your attention sits an humble and thankful AIDS Committee of Ottawa, placing its emphasis on the community it serves with every amount of energy members, loved ones and staff can create each day.  Every once in a while there is an event to share, a story to tell, a rich and blessed time which will form the basis for many memories  ACO - XXX  The AIDS Committee of Ottawa is 30 years old and celebrated the remarkabl

Art with Heart

published: September, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Art, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto’s Casey House announces Art With Heart, its annual contemporary art auction and reception on October 6, 2015, raising essential funds so that it can provide inspired HIV/AIDS care

Art with Heart

(left) Artist: Stephen Andrews ? 2014 watercolour crayon on mylar 36″ x 24″ Courtesy of: Paul Petro Contemporary Art Donated by: The Artist Toronto’s Casey House with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group announces Art With Heart, the annual contemporary art auction and reception on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge Stree, Toronto), raising essential funds for the organization’s yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives. Tickets for the event are on sale now at ww

Living with HIV in Toronto? Come out and hear about your new organization and its goals

published: September, 21, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)/ Réseau Canadien des Personnes Seropositives (RCPS) an independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada, invites you to . .

Living with HIV in Toronto? Come out and hear about your new organization and its goals

 . . . . a community press conference for our pre-election statement, followed by a Toronto community meet-and-greet for people living with HIV / HIV co-infections  It’s time to put people living with HIV and the community back to the forefront of Canada’s HIV movement! LOCATION: The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Room 201 DATE: Friday, September 25, 2015 TIME: - Press Conference (Open to Community Members, Partner Organizations & Media) 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm  - Special Gue

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

published: August, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Guest writer Shazia Islam on Tim Bartsch who will be performing songs from his rock opera Southern Time at the Musideum in Toronto on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. accompanying himself on cello and piano, with excerpts from his story

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

photo credit www.butterstudios.ca. Tim Bartsch has joined the ranks of other survivors and thrivers living with HIV in Toronto, Canada after driving across the country in spring 2015 from Vancouver. Toronto is not new to Bartsch, who has made the same move two previous times within a span of eight years.  Bartsch said, after his close call with death due to AIDS-related opportunistic infections that started during his second stay in T.O. back in 2009, he felt he had a new lease on life and

All great change begins at the dinner table

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Activism, Fundraisers, Events, International , Living with HIV, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk finds himself a guest speaker at a major Terrence Higgins Trust fundraising dinner with Stephen Fry

All great change begins at the dinner table

It’s a Sunday evening and I’m laid across the entire sofa attempting to watch a movie but my brain is well and truly caput. Usually this would be due to a hangover from a Saturday night out but today it’s because I’m feeling really tired from a hectic, exhilarating and amazing few days.  It all started back in March when an email from Terrence Higgins Trust landed in my inbox, a few exchanges and calls later and I had agreed to take part in a very special annual event, the Terrence H

My first Pride Parade

published: June, 05, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Pride, Gay Men, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow didn’t come out until later in life – and so his first venture to Toronto Pride in the 90s was, he says, “mind-blowing”,..

My first Pride Parade

When you come out of the closet thinking you are, maybe, one in a hundred thousand and see that its more like one in ten or less, its amazing. To attend Pride is just mind-blowing to see how many of us there are in this wonderful community. I’m not positive on what year it was that I attended my first Toronto Pride Parade but hopefully these photos will prompt someone to leave a comment to tell me. I’m thinking it was 1996 or 97?   I have written before about coming out at the age of

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