Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

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, Health, Sexual 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, Features and Interviews, Research, 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

Perfect Summer Pudding

published: August, 07, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, John McCullagh

John McCullagh shares the recipe for a classic English dessert for hot summer evenings.

Perfect Summer Pudding

Grocery stores and farmers’ markets are currently overflowing with currants and berries. So now’s the time to take advantage of this abundance and make yourself one of the easiest and tastiest of all summertime desserts - summer pudding. Summer pudding originated in Victorian England as a healthier final course to a meal than pastry desserts. It’s also much easier to make than it appears, in fact it’s perfect for beginners in the kitchen. And it will, without doubt, impress your dinne

Vito - our hero

published: July, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary film Vito, about the life and legacy of pioneering and charismatic LGBT and AIDS activist and author Vito Russo.

Vito - our hero

The past year has seen the release of a number of remarkable HIV-related documentaries. They include How to Survive a Plague, which guest author Jim Swimm commented on in our pages, and another telling of the story of AIDS activism in the 1980s, United in Anger, A history of ACT UP. Both of these docs were screened at the Toronto LGBT film festival earlier this year, as was Positive Youth, the Canadian-made movie that I reviewed here. More recently released was another Canadian doc, Voice

Fife House: A place to call home

published: June, 08, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV. Keith Hambly, executive director of Fife House in Toronto, talks on video about how his agency is responding to this need.

Fife House: A place to call home

More people are living with HIV today than ever before. In Toronto, it’s estimated that one in 120 people are HIV-positive, with two people being newly diagnosed every day. Alarmingly, these numbers are likely an underestimate as it’s thought that up to one-third of all people living with HIV are unaware of the fact, as they haven’t been diagnosed.  While antiretroviral drugs mean people with HIV are living longer, they aren’t necessarily living better. Indeed many, including men, wo

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

published: June, 05, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Marco Posadas about TowelTalk, a bathhouse counselling program that seeks to address the psychosocial issues that have an impact on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

For many years, outreach workers and volunteers from community-based organizations have worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI awareness, prevention and education services to bathhouse patrons. ACT, a Toronto ASO, has augmented these sexual health promotion activities through TowelTalk. This innovative program offers brief, walk-in counselling sessions in the bathhouse by professionally trained counsellors. The objective is to address the psychosocial issues that can have an i

Positive Youth

published: May, 22, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Movies, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews a new cinema verité documentary about what it’s like to be young and living with HIV.

Positive Youth

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is now 22 years old. I remember the early years, when a gay film festival was considered too much of an outrage for many a conservative city councillor to support. Today, despite being the most popular film festival in town after the internationally renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the traditional message of greeting from our mayor, who seems frightened by anything gay, remains conspicuously absent. Nevertheless, corporate and gover

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