Articles tagged with: July 2012

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Population Specific

Dave R with the story of a man who grew from being a closeted and yet ambitious psychology student, into a still-closeted married man and father; and eventually, an advocate for LGBT rights and equality within the conservative psychiatric profession.

An Imperfect Man: The Story of Dr. Richard Isay

Photo courtesy of Gordon Harrell, husband of Richard Isay ‘When he came in, his face was grave. He sat down on the bed and said, “I have something I need to tell you.” He took a deep breath. “I’m homosexual.” At that moment I saw my future collapse before my eyes. I got the chills and ran to take a hot bath. It gave me time to think and warmed me, but not for long. We spent the night talking and lamenting. On the plane home, we held each other and sobbed and planned. By the time w

The Evil and the Underhanded

published: July, 09, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

It’s official: HIV is a danger to public health which means that HIV drugs for refugee claimants will be covered. But there's a catch. Ken Monteith says the new Canadian regulations mix the good and the very, very bad.

The Evil and the Underhanded

I'm writing this on the first day of the application of new rules for the (Canadian) Federal Interim Health Program and I am saddened by what has become of this country. "Happy Canada Day! You no longer have health care, refugee claimants!"  Just to be clear and not to be accused of exaggeration, let me outline my understanding of the changes that have come into force. Some refugee claimants will be entitled to certain kinds of doctor visits, while others will not have those covered (if they

The reason we celebrate Pride

published: July, 08, 2012 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

DJ Relentless on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people who stood up and live their lived their lives out loud and proud.

The reason we celebrate Pride

When I was a young gay child the only gay people I knew of were probably Dr. Smith on Lost In Space, Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street and Paul Lynde from Hollywood Squares. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I discover the character that would shape most of my young gay years....Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’ve watched many people come out and be outed over the decades. I remember reading the Rolling Stone article where Elton John spoke his truth. I remember

More Homoerotic Ads

published: July, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with more ads that mine the gay porn theme. But do they turn off straight buyers?

More Homoerotic Ads

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that ads like the first one below are designed to appeal directly to the gay market.  But straight men wear jeans too, we hear, and one wonders to what extent savvy marketers appeal to their inner homo. Or alternatively, risk their cold shoulder. Does too gay an ad would turn uber-straight buyers off? No way would some buy a product that looks – well – gay.  Metrosexuals on the other hand– and this writer suspects that’s a growing market  - d

The Straw that Broke the Camels’ Back.

published: July, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Lawyers for the province of Ontario are arguing that HIV+ people should face criminal charges for not disclosing their HIV status before sex — even if there is little risk of HIV transmission! Guest columnist Greg Downer says “enough is enough!”

The Straw that Broke the Camels’ Back.

Read the Xtra article by Marcus McCann  “Ontario's new position on HIV prosecutions a 'betrayal': activists” that prompted Greg's angry reaction here. Enough is enough; the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back!   When I read XTRA’s on-line article "Ontario’s new position on HIV prosecutions a 'betrayal': activists", I could no longer sit idly by and hope someone else would stand up and yell STOP! I’ve emailed the Attorney General, posted a copy of it on both the AIDS

Up in Smoke

published: July, 06, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

CATIE weighs in on smoking with “The ifs, ands or buts of butting out”

Up in Smoke

This article by Andrea Rudd first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE,  in 2004. Une version française est disponible ici.    HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED how many HIV positive people smoke? I’m always amazed when I go to events in the community and see people puffing away outside. Don’t they know that smoking kills 45,000 Canadians each year — three times more than car accidents, suicides, murder and AIDS combined?!  I’m not one to judge. As an ex-smoker, I rememb

PositiveLite.com’s 2012 Pride Toronto video - Part One

published: July, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pride, Community Events, Events, Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We were there in the thick of it. Here is our video report with interviews and footage of one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world.

PositiveLite.com’s 2012 Pride Toronto video - Part One

We survived the heat, uncooperative policemen and crowds to bring you this.  We asked the question "What does Pride mean to you?" You’ll find answers from our publisher John McCullagh, PFLAG, The Toronto Trigger Fish Water Polo Team, Pride Montreal, Outlooks Magazine, The HIV prevention program of the Centre for Spanish Speaking People, Scouts Canada, Fife House, PWA Foundation, Black CAP and more.  Plus footage of the parade.  (Wonder why we were exhausted at the end of the day?) And

Help Wanted!

published: July, 05, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From the front lines: Robert Birch on criminalization of non-disclosure and what's happening in bedrooms across our country,

Help Wanted!

Warning: “The Positive Justice Project has created a checklist for people living with HIV who are at risk or, are facing criminal prosecution for HIV Nondisclosure or Exposure.  DO try to have proof that you told your partner your HIV status BEFORE SEX. DO NOT EMAIL anything that ever could be used against you or that shows a desire to keep your HIV status secret, or that expresses any worries you have about revealing your HIV status to a partner. DO talk to your health care provider a

When Two Worlds Collide

published: July, 04, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter and a film about persecuted gay genius Alan Turing and intersections between the worlds of science and gay issues - like homophobia.

When Two Worlds Collide

Remember how I wrote about living in two worlds?  Well, last week, my worlds collided, or shall I say, coincided, with a public event that bridged discussions around science and homophobia. Last week, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at The University of Waterloo held a free screening of a documentary on Alan Turing called Codebreaker.  Don’t know who Alan Turing was? He should actually be a household name, but few people outside the world of

For Jared

published: July, 04, 2012 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Rob Newman: "I am going to tell you about a boy, a young man named Jared. I have the permission to do so by Jared’s father Joe."

I am going to tell you about a boy, a young man named Jared.  I have the permission to do so by Jared’s father Joe.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Joe for his trust, honesty and bravery; but mostly I would like to thank him for Jared.  As a parent it is always nice to hear compliments regarding your children.  I take great pride in my children, as should they, in who they have become; it was a journey we travelled together learning the ins and outs of life.  I have shi

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