May 092013
USA - The first AIDS generation: Grappling with why we're alive and what it means (Michelangelo Signorile)

It was a rainy day in Central Park in the summer of ’92 when we attempted to send Michael Santulli’s ashes aloft over Strawberry Fields in white, helium-filled balloons. But it was one of those requests that Michael hadn’t thought through in those hazy, painful last days of his life, and someone probably should have [...]

May 062013
South Africa - Justice Edwin Cameron is only openly gay and HIV positive judge, says stigma continues

A pioneering judge and activist from South Africa says the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS continues in Africa, despite advances in treatment. Justice Edwin Cameron is South Africa’s only openly gay and HIV positive judge. He went public and revealed his HIV status in 1999, and was an outspoken advocate for the provision of lifesaving [...]

May 062013
Global health report: Blackmail, violence and stigma restrict access to sexual health services for gay men

The Global Forum for MSM and HIV has released an analysis of its 2012 Global Men’s Health and Rights Study (GMHRS) concentrating on young men under 30 who have sex with men (MSM), complementing the full report which came out in December 2012. Taken together, both reports reveal that MSM globally are faced with high [...]

Apr 222013
Botswana - 'Through Positive Eyes' HIV/AIDS play 'where audience was left emotional'

Drama for Life and Themba Interactive Production in collaboration with Art and Global Health Centre at the University of California (Los Angeles) and photographer Gideon Mendel brought Through Positive Eyes play to Botswana at Maitisong in Maruapula where audience was left emotional after the play. The South African drama told stories of 12 of 17 [...]

Apr 222013
Bali - Grand Council of Customary Villages to launch campaign against HIV/AIDS discrimination

The highly influential and respected Grand Council of Customary Villages (MUDP) plans to launch continuous campaigns to eliminate discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS across Bali. The campaigns, slated to start in July, will first target 450 out of the total 1,500 customary villages on the island. MUDP is an umbrella organization for nearly 1,500 customary [...]

Apr 022013
USA - The county where no one is gay (John D. Sutter)

Statistically speaking, Franklin County, Mississippi should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi — known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime — is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of census data. In other words: It’s a place where gays don’t exist. [...]

Mar 122013
Belgique - Mister HIV pour casser les clichés

“Il y en a assez de ces associations qui pleurent sur notre sort et nous confisquent la parole pour dire que le sida c’est l’horreur et l’isolement alors que ce n’est pas obligé d’être que ça !” , s’indigne Laurent Gaissad, président de Warning Brussels, une ASBL qui questionne l’invisibilité des personnes vivant avec le VIH en Belgique.

Mar 042013
UK - Homosexuals were once branded as mentally disordered. Now homophobes are treated the same way

In the past, moralists and psychologists conspired to depict homosexuality as a mental disorder. Today, in a flip reversal so profound it could give you a headache, gay rights activists and their cheerleaders depict homophobia as a mental disorder. The sinned against have become the sinners; those who were once outrageously branded as mentally deranged now gleefully [...]

Feb 282013
Uganda - Human Rights Commission opposes mandatory HIV testing

Uganda Human Rights Commission has opposed mandatory HIV testing as envisaged in the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill that is before Parliament. The commission also rejected a provision on criminalization of attempted and intentional transmission of the virus as well as a provision that permits medical practitioners to disclose HIV positive test results [...]

Feb 202013
België - Russische echtgenoot: ‘Mijn schoonouders weten nog altijd niet dat we getrouwd zijn'

Davy Brocatus (40) heeft gisteren zijn achtste huwelijksverjaardag met zijn Russische echtgenoot Anatoly gevierd. Een mooie dag, weliswaar met wrange smaak. Zijn schoonouders weten nog steeds niets af van hun relatie, laat staan hun huwelijk. Officieel toch niet. ‘In Rusland heeft een moordenaar meer rechten dan een homo.’