Articles tagged with: Tattooed Activist

Festivals, Summits, and Conferences!

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

The Tattooed Activist talks about his busy work schedule in February and updates his readers on where he’s been hiding.

February has always been a busy time. During the shortest, coldest, month of the year the AIDS Committee of Ottawa hosts its annual health and wellness festival called Snowblower  which aims to decrease social isolation, build agency, and increase queer men’s knowledge around safer sex practices. I helped to organize, promote, and facilitate five specific events, even as I tried to manage my regular work commitments, which included hosting a HIV+ young men’s group called Chatter, and part

Everybody Is A Little Bit Racist

published: March, 22, 2012 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Events

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa roles out their 2012 Campaign.

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa has done a soft release of their 2012 campaign this month, with a hard release planned to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th. The campaign, which explores how blatant and internalized homophobia, racism, transphobia, and heteronormativity adversely impact the health and well-being of Ottawa’s queer community, was created to help draw links between systemic issues and health outcomes. Like two sides of a coin, one campaign specifica

Rallying The Troups Outside The Supreme Court Of Canada

published: February, 13, 2012 Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The Tattooed Activist once again delivers another emotional testimonial on the effects of HIV Criminalization.

On February the 8th I spoke at a rally outside the Supreme Court of Canada, while inside the court debated  the laws currently governing HIV disclosure. I joined a National call to action spearheaded out of Toronto and helped assemble three people living with HIV to talk about their own experiences trying to negotiate sex under an ill-defined law that has been inconsistently prosecuted by the courts.  Below is an excerpt from the speech that I delivered as part of the protest. I’ve spoken

PositiveLite.com’s Michael Burtch Interviews Ottawa Singer-Songwriter Jack Spinks!

published: February, 10, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Music

Brothers Through The Hill’s lead singer Jack Spinks talks about his new solo album, performing live, what feeds his song writing, and why everyone should get to choose their own name.

Over the last year, the buzz has slowly been building around Ottawa band Brothers Through The Hill, a four piece consisting of best friends James Walters, Chris Metcalfe, Pat Crosby, and lead singer and principle songwriter Jack Spinks. Beat Surrender blog has credited their 2011 debut album ’Adelaide’ with "fine song writing and smart melodic foot tapping tunes", while country blog fansite NineBullets commented that  “while Adelaide is a little less twangy than I normally enjoy, the st

Please Be Kind And Rewind : A Top 10 Year End Mix-Tape Playlist

published: January, 13, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle

Michael Burtch, The Tattooed Activist, reviews the last year in music, and shares what his most played and loved songs of 2011 were.

  I’ve never been a music snob, despite fancying myself a music aficionado, something of an artist, and an expert mix-tape giver. So I  was not surprised when I a quick review of my ‘most played’ songs on i-tunes revealed it wasn’t the critical darlings of 2011 like Lana Del Rey, Penguin Prison , and The Sound Of Arrows that dominated my i-pod last year, but rather it was the unabashed pop charms of Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne that ranked highest among  my ‘most play

HIV In The Mix: A Mix-Tape Playlist

published: January, 08, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Michael Burtch, The Tattooed Activist, shares with you the songs he listens too when trying to cope with having HIV.

  When I was first diagnosed as having HIV, I created a playlist on my i-pod of the most depressing songs imaginable. I’d stalk the streets of my downtown neighbourhood at night, doing a lot of mournful thinking, while passing under the glow of street lamps and neon signs with my head hung down and my hands tucked firmly in my pockets. I wanted my environment to match my mood, so I’d leave my brightly painted apartment and bubbly roommate behind, and follow the crumbling concrete sidewal

The Magnet Party Returns

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Events

The Tattooed Activist may have been absent from the blogosphere, but he hasn’t been missing in action. Learn what he’s been up to over the last three weeks in his latest post.

The last few weeks have been a busy time, work-wise. At the beginning of November I traveled to Vancouver for a week to attend the 7th Annual Gay Men’s B.C. Health Summit with the support of CATIE. I returned to Ottawa after that to participate in the Mister Leather Ottawa Competition as part of the opening number for the popular annual fetish wear event, and fundraised at the event in support of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa . I’ve been busy constructing a brochure to promote Chatter, the

Zachary Quinto Finally Comes Out

published: October, 17, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Youth, Population Specific

Zachary Quinto has finally come out as a gay man, but is it too little too late? And what is it about his coming out story that has the Tattoed Activist so riled up? Be sure to read the controversial post and contribute to the discussion by commenting.

In an interview with New York Magazine actor Zachary Quinto publicly acknowledged his homosexuality for the first time by slipping into the conversation four, no doubt preplanned words; “as a gay man…” Quinto had previously danced around the subject in the press, most notably in the New York Times  stating “I’ve come to realize through experience that ultimately I really do have a lot of power in terms of the way I relate to the public or to people outside of my intimate circle of

Sultanna : Queen Of The Night

Micheael Burtch reports: Ottawa losses a fixture of its downtown scene.

Back in May I participated in a photo shoot with photographer Lucyna DanUTA Barossa, Toronto’s Dita Dior, and Ottawa‘s queen of the night Sultanna Corangie. Inspired by a Naomi Campbell pictorial in Interview Magazine, Sultanna had brought us together to help her produce photos that would explore themes of sexuality and violence. Impressed with the final results, photographer Lucyna DanUTA Barossa encouraged Sultanna to let her shop the photos around, and in September they were publis

Hot Off The Press! My Review Of Wonder Woman #1

published: September, 22, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

In less than 24 hours after its release, Michael has sent Positive Lite his review of Wonder Woman #1. Read it and find out what has Michael so exited about the return of the Amazing Amazon!

Writer Brian Azzarello once again casts Wonder Woman immersed in a world of myth and monsters, once again removing her from the world of modern man and traditional superhero heroics. Disappointingly, Diana has spent so much of her recent superhero career battling Greek Gods and Monsters that the Gods re-appearance in issue #1 is slightly tedious and anti-climatic. Wonder Woman has a wonderful rogues gallery of formidable female foes that are criminally underused; including the Cheetah, Silver

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