Articles tagged with: 2012

A plea to men

published: February, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest author Jim Swimm, in his third post for us, writes “I’ve taken on this crusade to fight for LGBT youth because I was personally affected by one young man's senseless, tragic death but, frankly, it’s not mine to fight”.

A plea to men

In late September of 2010, while walking my dog with a friend along the banks of the Harlem River in Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park, my life was changed forever. In a shocking moment right out of 'Law and Order', I came upon a dead body floating face-down in the water. That experience alone was quite traumatic, without a doubt. But little did I know just how traumatic and life-altering it would turn out to be. You see, that lifeless body in the water turned out to be young Tyler Clementi, th

The Gay/Queer Mystics of our Times

published: February, 15, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Devan Nambiar delves deeper in to spirituality and the gay/queer expereince.

As we stride into 2012, it’s time to reflect on our connections to the world.  Deep within the psyche our thoughts transcend to the conscious, sub-consciousness and super- conscious mind.  In some circles it is known as the divine incarnate within us. There is a saying in Sanskirt, “Tat tvam asi.”  It means “That art thou,” or "You are that, I am that." It means we all are of the one source; we are of everything and nothing. Tat tvam asiis found in the Upanishads, and refers to o

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

published: February, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Jim Swimm: “I could get angry, ranting and raving at every offensive reference to HIV/AIDS, or find another approach. Is it possible to keep my sense of humor while trying to educate and raise awareness".

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

There are few issues about which I feel more strongly than HIV/AIDS awareness and I take my advocacy/activism quite seriously, for a variety of reasons both globally-effective and intimately personal. I've found Twitter to be a fantastic resource for me in finding individuals, charity organizations, and hospitals/research centers to educate myself, lend support, and a million other uses when it comes to the disease. I cannot recommend it enough in this regard. But...there's a downside, of cou

Tosca for beginners

published: February, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Opera, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes to the Canadian Opera Company production of the Puccini war horse, Tosca, and says it’s a good show for opera newbies to get their feet wet with.

Tosca for beginners

Last night the significant other and I went to the opera, which is not quite as la-de-da as it sounds. The opera crowd is far more diverse than it used to be. True, there are plenty of middle-aged frumps, and older, but there are also gays aplenty and yes - last night at least, tons of twenty-somethings in tight jeans and black everything. People don’t dress up for it anymore, or a lot don’t, and that’s good, I think.  Could be the crowd make-up was a reflection of the fact that the b

Getting tough on criminalisation

published: February, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A report on criminaliisation around the world from the UK’s HIV legal expert Edwin J. Bernard. “The Western world's treatment of many people with HIV is nothing short of barbaric”

Getting tough on criminalisation

This article by Edwin J Bernard first appeared in issue 210 of NAM’s HIV Treatment Update, Winter 2012. For more information on NAM and HTU, or to subscribe to HTU, go to www.aidsmap.com “Nothing short of barbaric.” This was the comment of a BBC presenter, confronted with the number and sheer arbitrary injustice of criminal convictions of people accused of transmitting HIV or exposing other people to it. In some cases, people have been jailed for failing to disclose HIV in situations wh

Crossed the line?

published: February, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In his third post for PositiveLite.com newly diagnosed Richard T. contemplates starting treatment. “On the emotional side, going past the point at which treatment is recommended hit me in quite a significant way.”

Crossed the line?

I have finally crossed the threshold of decision.I had my latest blood results back and my CD4 is now 330, so 60 points less than last time, and 60 points less than the last time before then. A little disappointing as I did read somewhere that it might decline 60 points every 6 months, so I'm ahead of the game. I've always been a bit impatient to get things done, so perhaps that's why. People who do not have HIV can expect a CD4 of anything between 500 and 1200, and treatment is recommended a

Hot Meat

published: February, 07, 2012 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Our yoga guy Daniel Uy says “There is something about biting down on hot meat that makes me happy. There I said it!”

Hot Meat

Vegetarian or not. I was on a subway recently with a friend and both headed Eastbound.  I was heading towards Donlands Station (editor’s note: in Toronto) – home of one of my favourite burger places – Square Boy.  I am not sure exactly what it is about their burgers that I enjoy so much.  Perhaps it’s the nostalgia.  The place has existed long before I was born and I have a vague recollection of my father taking me here as a child – since our family doctor’s office was just ar

We all just stopped talking about it

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Jim Swimm from New York City attends a panel discussion about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and hears some survivors of those days say that they’ve “just stopped talking about it”. But Jim hasn’t and he’s upset.

We all just stopped talking about it

I recently attended a screening of scenes from How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the people on the front lines in the fight against AIDS in the early years of the epidemic, namely the members/founders of ACT UP. Along with the film's screening, there was a panel discussion of not only the film but the subject matter -- the state of HIV/AIDS activism, both then and now. There were people on the panel and in the audience who are featured in the film. It was an exceptionally interest

THEATRE REVIEW: Theodore Bikel stars in Visiting Mr Green

published: February, 01, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, John McCullagh

Two men struggle with the need to rethink old rules and the absurdity of pushing love away if it doesn’t conform to certain traditions.

THEATRE REVIEW: Theodore Bikel stars in Visiting Mr Green

Putting on a two-act play with just a couple of actors on stage is always a bit of a challenge. To be successful, the script has to be compelling and the actors skilled. Luckily for Toronto audiences, the new production of Jeff Baron’s much-produced 1996 play Visiting Mr Green, that opened last night, is a winner. How could it not be with acting legend Theodore Bikel in the title role? He’s now 87-years-old and made his film debut in 1951 in the African Queen. Born in Austria and classica

Bumper bundle

published: February, 01, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Theatre, Opinion Pieces

Our Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron sees A LOT of shows. Here she reviews The Iron Lady, A Dangerous Method from director David Cronenberg and lots more

In the Land of Blood and Honey - Another Apocalyptic Tale for Our Times This is an excellent, relentless tale of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990's. Angelina Jolie has done a masterful (or is that mistressful) job of weaving the personal stories of her character against the backdrop of yet another senseless, internecine genocide. The people are three dimensional and complex, as is the explanation of the poltical and cultural histories that led to this war. The film has a strong

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