Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

posterVIRUS 2012

published: December, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Art, Community Events, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Launches, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with AIDS ACTION NOW’s Jessica Whitbread and Alex McClelland about the 2012 posterVIRUS project in which artists and activists collaborated in producing posters to respond to current issues facing people living with HIV.

posterVIRUS 2012

In honour of The Day With(out) Art, AIDS ACTION NOW! (AAN) last week launched at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) eight new collaborative activist art works as part of the posterVIRUS project. They are being plastered across the streets of Toronto while being simultaneously launched online via AAN’s posterVIRUS Facebook and Tumblir pages.  I had the opportunity at the AGO launch to catch up with posterVIRUS curators Jessica Whitbread and Alex McClelland and to chat

Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

published: November, 26, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview with PositiveLite.com, Toronto PWA executive director Murray Jose reflects on his agency’s 25 years of serving people living with HIV.

Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

In 1987, a support group of people living with HIV formed the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (Toronto PWA).   Although a great deal has changed over the past two-and-a-half decades, Toronto PWA has adapted as different needs have emerged. At its heart though, the agency is all about serving the community, struggling against HIV/AIDS and creating possibilities for people living with the virus.  In his video interview with me below, executive director Murray Jose reflects on the growth

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

published: November, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The annual OAN Honour Roll Awards acknowledge the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

Each year since 1996, the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)  has recognized outstanding leadership and achievement within the HIV/AIDS movement in Ontario through its Honour Roll awards. The Honour Roll acknowledges the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.  The OAN is a coalition of people living with HIV and AIDS, AIDS service organizations and AIDS service prog

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary movie that tells the story of how AIDS was turned from a death sentence into a chronic, manageable condition.

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

As PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch recently pointed out,  it’s difficult for anyone who didn’t live through the first decade of AIDS to truly grasp the horror of those dark times, when the gay community, so quickly following on the heady days of “gay liberation”, was decimated by HIV.   But by remarkable good fortune, those early “plague years” also saw the emergence of the video camcorder. So it was that the mobilization of the gay community in the face of death was recor

Medal Winner Denise Becker

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

PositiveLite..com writer Denise Becker with her thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Denise Becker

This year has been full of festivities marking the 60th year of the Queen’s succession to the throne. One of the ways that the Government of Canada decided to honour the Queen for her years of service was to mint 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals that honoured significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. I was honoured and extremely surprised to be named a recipient.  When you live in England, the value of the monarchy is instilled in you at an early age. I remember sitting on a st

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with his thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

Awards like this  - trust me - inevitably cause us to think back and wonder how we got to this point . My life has been an odd one.  Pre-HIV it was mostly boring, lacking in direction, meaning  or reward.  These were the banking years, stuck in a high-flying job that I disliked immensely, one whose only merit was that it paid well. But, as I’ve often remarked, all seemed to change for the better once I was diagnosed.  True, it didn’t happen right away, but after a few months of

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

published: September, 24, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Art, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Toronto artist Raymond Helkio, in a video interview with publisher John McCullagh, talks about his graphic design work for PositiveLite.com and about living with HIV.

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

Since its inception in 2009, PositiveLite.com has relied on social media and word of mouth to let potential readers know of our existence. And we have been very successful in that regard. However, not everyone uses social media and our experience tells us that there are many Canadians living with HIV who are not familiar with our online HIV magazine.  To remedy this, we decided that we needed to undertake some promotion of the magazine in more traditional ways, such as displaying posters

Sex and party drugs - revisited

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk!

Sex and party drugs - revisited

SPUNK! [spuhngk] - noun a. Courage, spirit, boldness, resilience: Show some spunk. b. A slang word for semen                     Being a gay or bi guy requires courage and boldness of spirit - period. Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk! How can we be healthy if we use drugs and alcohol, but are afraid or ashamed to reach out about these t

A message from the Publisher

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Events, Launches, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Publisher John McCullagh writes about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.

A message from the Publisher

Today, I want to tell you about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.  First off, we've made some significant enhancements to the website. We've done this with the help of a new web developer, Make Good Media. We contracted with this small, progressive, Toronto-based company to help us with the technical side of our operations. They are providing a range of solutions for us to upgrade the site, making it more robust and user-friendly.  On Monday nigh

How to live well with HIV

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, As Prevention , General Health, Events, Mental Health, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Robin Rhodes of ACT about his agency’s monthly educational workshops for people living with HIV - workshops that are now webcast across Canada and around the world.

How to live well with HIV

For those of us who work or volunteer in the HIV sector, there are often opportunities to attend workshops and conferences about new developments in HIV prevention and treatment and, for those of us living with HIV, on managing our heath in all of its dimensions - physical, emotional and spiritual. For most other HIVers though, such opportunities are not as readily available, due to cost, time, location or inclination. This is where the Community Health Forums put on by the AIDS Committee of

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