One Tough Pirate

One Tough Pirate

Health, Seasons of Pride
One Tough Pirate – Bob Bowers, also known as "Da Pirate," is a 25-year thriving survivor of HIV/AIDS. Bob is a well respected National youth HIV/AIDS educator in schools and colleges. He is also the Founder and President of HIVictorious, Inc.  Recently, we get a chance to chat with Bob about life, tats and more . . . Tell us a little about you I was infected in 1983.  While my family and friends knew my status, I kept a low profile because of the various stigmas associated with being POZ.  I got married the first time in 1990 – we were a sero-discordant couple and we worked through those challenges. In 1999, my best man died – he was my 40th friend to die from AIDS – it was…
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Manchester Gay Pride 2014

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Manchester Gay Pride A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. LGBT events have been taking place in Manchester for over 23 years over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the current Manchester Pride organisation has been staging the annual event since 2003. Manchester Pride is now positioned as the UK’s leading Pride event. Manchester Gay Pride 2014 Manchester Pride is a registered charity and now stages a number of events throughout the year, including Pride Fringe, Supersonic and the Big Weekend. The festival in August attracts visitors from across the world and is a staple event in the tourism calendar for Manchester. Since 2003, the charity has won over ten awards, both in the UK and internationally. The charity has been raising money for LGBT and HIV projects…
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Answers to Things You Were Afraid to Ask When Serving LGBT Communities

Answers to Things You Were Afraid to Ask When Serving LGBT Communities

Community
If you're a social worker working with LGBT communities, you may have questions that you don't want to bring up whether you don't want to seem ignorant or whether you don't want to offend your clients. But it's important to find answers so that you can have a better understanding of how to help. Here are some questions and answers that will give you a good foundation: What does gender identity mean? Gender identity is an individual's general sense of being male or female, transgender or bigender. Where Did the Acronym LGBT Come From? LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and stands for a collective reference to anyone who fits into that community. It's a term that's been in use since the 1990s, though a shortened version, LGB, was…
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amfAR Announces New Grants Funding Young Researchers

amfAR Announces New Grants Funding Young Researchers

Health
amfAR just announced a new round of grants through its Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, which supports and encourages bright young HIV/AIDS researchers.  Each of the six grants is for $125,000 and range from cure research to vaccine development – and researchers span from La Jolla, CA, to Baltimore, MD. I’d like to introduce you to amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston to discuss the various grants, which are all the forefront of the current demands for addressing the pandemic. Since the early days of the epidemic, Dr. Krim has been a leading advocate and pioneer of AIDS research. Following in her footsteps, many of these young researchers go on to obtain funding from other organizations, like the NIH, and some even end up…
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Positive Youth – young HIV+ heroes!

Positive Youth – young HIV+ heroes!

Film
Following four HIV+ positive youth in four different North American cities. An inspiring portrait of four fabulous young HIV+ heroes! The directorial debut of out gay actor Charlie David (Judas Kiss, Mulligans, Dante's Cove), this uplifting film follows four HIV+ positive youth (late teens to mid 20s) in four different North American cities in cinema vérité style. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we're still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth HIV transmission rate still the highest? We've seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? Positive Youth features accessible and inspirational individuals talking about the often-rocky road that they've traveled…
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LOVE IS THE CURE

LOVE IS THE CURE

Community
Never before has mega-star Elton John shared details of his life—including his struggles with drugs, alcohol, and fame—as he does in his first book, about his life and his fight to bring an end to AIDS. For the first time ever Elton John tells his own intensely personal story. Filled with exclusive details about his relationships with famous friends like Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana, LOVE IS THE CURE (Little, Brown and Company/July 17, 2012/ISBN: ) is a truly revelatory look at one of the world’s most beloved singers and songwriters.   LOVE IS THE CURE is a deeply personal account of his life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring look at what we must do to bring the epidemic to an end. In the 1980s, Elton John…
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SUPREME COURT RULING HUGE VICTORY FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

SUPREME COURT RULING HUGE VICTORY FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Health
San Francisco, June 28, 2012 — Today the United States Supreme Court delivered a huge victory to nationwide efforts to establish a health care system that works for everyone, including the 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. By upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today’s decision delivers on the promise of health care for more than 30 million uninsured Americans. The historic ruling also upheld long-overdue protections for people with HIV and other chronic diseases, including safeguards against denial of coverage or exorbitant premiums for the especially sick, and annual and lifetime coverage limits for people with costly medical conditions. “For the first time in the history of the epidemic, the ACA will dramatically expand health care access to people previously considered ‘uninsurable,’ including millions of…
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SAN FRANCISCO’S CASTRO DISTRICT HOSTS LARGEST SHOWING OF AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT IN 25 YEARS

SAN FRANCISCO’S CASTRO DISTRICT HOSTS LARGEST SHOWING OF AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT IN 25 YEARS

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To occur during the week of Valentine's Day, this free exhibition will honor those loved and lost over the past three decades. January 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Courtesy of Under One Roof (www.underoneroof.org), the NAMES Project Foundation (www.aidsquilt.org), the AIDS Emergency Fund (www.aef-sf.org), and San Francisco businessman Petyr Kane, sections of the renowned AIDS Memorial Quilt will be shown at various locations in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood the week of February 12 - 20, 2012. Timed in concert with Valentine's Day when many reflect on those they've loved, the exhibition is the largest San Francisco showing of the Quilt since its original home on Market Street closed in 1999. Sections of the Quilt will be shown at five locations throughout the week: the primary exhibition will take…
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Light in the Grove

Light in the Grove

Health
  18th Annual World AIDS Day Observance Light in the Grove On the eve of World AIDS Day, more than 500 supporters of the Grove gathered for the “Light in the Grove” event, a special evening of remembrance, renewal and commitment for loved ones lost to AIDS. Much of the Grove’s 7.5 acres were illuminated to honor both the sense of loss and celebrate the spirit of light and life. Guests experienced a candlelight reflection at the Circle of Friends and the Grove was dramatically illuminated with an evocative candle installation among the inscribed boulders and with light sculptures.  Live entertainment included a classical cello accompaniment by Dan Reiter from the Oakland Symphony, classical harp selections by Natalie Cox and moving contemporary dance pieces by Copious Dance Theater amid the…
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Should I Bareback?

Should I Bareback?

Advice
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] Dear Janeen: I met this really nice guy and we've been dating for awhile. The sex is good but now he wants to bareback. What should I do? AIDS & HIV Research Info A great question.  The fact that you are asking it tells me something bothers you about the idea of bareback. Before you decide what to do, I want to know how you feel about it? If this guy is truly a "nice" guy, he will want to know the answer to this question to.  He will want to know your preferences, what you are comfortable with, what you aren't, and negotiate with all parties coming out feeling heard and understood.  These conversations can lead to deeper intimacy and excellent sex. …
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