Articles tagged with: homophobia

Photographic developing

published: December, 11, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how his hobby of photography has been turning in to something more.

Photographic developing

Last June I wrote about some photographic opportunities that were about to come my way and how I was looking forward to them. The truth is that since then photography has been taking up a lot of my time.  I participated in the art show I mentioned but no sales or inquiries came from it. I did get a paying assignment though. A company hired me to submit photos for their new website, some that would rotate at the top of the webpage. From that job I found out about a workshop called "'Good Stor

Gay like AIDS

published: December, 05, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick on an overheard moment that linked “gay” and “AIDS” in potentially damaging ways.

Gay like AIDS

WARNING! INCOMING RANT! “That’s gay, gay like AIDS.” What? A friend of mine overheard this little gem on public transit a few years ago, and ever since she told me about it I find myself occasionally replaying it in my mind. Can we just have a moment for how repugnant that statement is? It actually makes me visibly agitated when I think about it too much, and good luck to anyone who says it if I’m within earshot. I have a uniquely academic-meets-front-line way of tearing down ignoranc

Country Living

published: November, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

How does a small rural community, a two hour drive from Toronto and with a population of 700, handle issues like LGBT politics and HIV? Bob Leahy lives in one such community and files this report.

Country Living

“I’m feeling a little queer today” said Lillian, patting my arm while I drank my coffee at the local family diner. Lillian, in her 80’s is entirely not queer in the modern sense, so I seized the opportunity to have a chat about how the meaning of some words change over the years.  When I mentioned “gay” was another such word, she understood immediately - and promptly gave me a hug, leaned down and gave me a kiss on the brow. Lillian knows  I’m gay, knows I’m poz and it doesn

Sporting homophobia

published: November, 01, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Current Affairs

Wayne Bristow asks “when it comes to homophobia in sports, where does it really come from - the players, management or the fans?”

 Sporting homophobia

When I was younger, in grades 6 to 10, almost daily I would be in the school yard and hear someone say to another, “blow me”, “suck me off”, “suck my cock”, “eat me”. Very few times did that person actually mean the other person was gay, it was just something to degrade the other person. It was part of the swearing lexicon that so many of us spoke daily. No one stopped to think; it just rolled off our tongues.   The names/insults we throw back and forth aT each other go on e

“Never more will the wind.”

published: October, 28, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A Tribute to Matthew Shepard from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

“Never more will the wind.”

  The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus traveled to Laramie, WY, to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation and honor the memory of Matthew Shepard whose tragedy has transformed the world.  This is "Never More Will The Wind", performed during the Love Can Build A Bridge tour in Laramie, WY. Written by Shawn Kirchner. Editor’s note.  The clip below is very moving. To read more about Matthew Shepard, go here and/or view the movie “The Laramie Project” , which dramatized his story. You ca

Partner Violence

published: October, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Our David Phillips helped launch the Rainbow Response Coalition addressing intimate partner violence among LGBTQ. Here he tells his own story of the abuse he suffered many years ago.

Partner Violence

When one commits to writing about living with HIV, one quickly realizes that much of what one writes about makes many people feel uncomfortable. Sex. Drug use. Sex work. Gay stuff. Sex. And then there’s the disease itself.  However, none of those things upset people more than violence--and that’s precisely what I’m writing about now.  Agreeing to write for PositiveLite.com in September, I knew that several seminal events in my history would be commemorated during the first two months;

Attack of the Chicken-eatin’ Hate Groups, Christians and Talibangelicals

published: August, 16, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on those who preache hate, their followers and the difference between the two.

Attack of the Chicken-eatin’ Hate Groups, Christians and Talibangelicals

If a rich company like Chick fil-A wants to throw it’s money away by subsidizing hate groups, more power to them. Some people just have too many dollars and not enough sense. Hate groups are never as huge as they profess to be. Look at the now defunct “One Million Moms”, their Facebook page only contained about 30 – 40,000 followers.  Note: I did say followers. Haters who attend the churches of hate, listen to the leaders spewing their hate, are nothing more than followers. When a ha

Homophobia in the family

published: August, 09, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “I thought I was living comfortably without homophobia from my family and friends. It turns out I was enjoying a false sense of security with some of my family members.”

Homophobia in the family

I just found out homophobia has been living and festering in my family. I came out to my family and friends 21 years ago at the age of 37 and I believed it wasn't a big deal with anyone in my family. Over the years we’ve had many reunions; Christmas and holidays together, nothing was discussed, no one asked me anything, not even "why did it took so long to come out"? At one time, it was suggested that I was just going through a phase. (Umm, hiding was the phase.)  It turns out I was enjo

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

published: August, 05, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

“Can I get an extra serving of HATE with light CRAZY on that Chicken Sandwich?” (another blog by DJ Relentless)

The Chick–fil–A Fiasco

By now, we have all likely heard about the row which started when  the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A announced in mid-July that his company has given money to anti-gay marriage organizations. Considering the origins of the company, I wasn’t surprised to find this out. I had decided to boycott them way back. The only difference now is that they have officially made a public statement which demonstrates that their views are anti-gay. And now all hell has broken loose!  The internet

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

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