The morning after. Feeling good? What HIV/AIDS means- for YOU.

The morning after. Feeling good?

HIV/AIDS means to be responsible- for yourself.

Do you really expect anyone to tell you they are infected, when disclosure for them could mean:

– being killed
– being beaten up
– being shamed, spat on, pushed around, yelled at, seeing faces of disgust and fear
– losing their 11 dollar an hour job when they are not educated enough to get any other and they were so g-ddam happy they found this one
– losing their very much loved mother, their loving father, their giggly sisters, their sweet brothers, their cool cousins, their aunts, their uncles
– when it would mean being shunned by their (immigrant or not) community and not accepted anywhere else as Canadian
– being deserted by friends when you thought they would stick with you through thick and thin
– being treated like a leper with others shying away from your body
– when it could mean police hauling you off to jail
– being in jail until you get acquitted or sentenced three years later. With little access to the medicines that others can get so easily.

Can you ask that of a fellow human being?

Especially,
when they are poor, black, first nations, trans, sex worker or anyone else who has little power or privilege.

So what can YOU do for yourself?
1. Use condoms, even with sex toys.
2. Get tested every 4 months.
3. When you have open wounds or abrasions, be even more careful.
4. Do volunteer work for an HIV/AIDS organization: help spread the word about prevention.Advocate for clean needle programs, for decriminalization of sex work.

5. Cook dinner for someone who is HIV positive. Fresh food is what their body needs. You might have to do this through volunteer work first. It’s not as if people will be automatically open to you about their status. Don’t think of it as charity, but as regular socializing.
6. Read up on the myths around HIV/AIDS.
7. Use clean needles. Throw your needles away in the container if there is one. (This involves the privilege of being in a neighbourhood where there are those boxes and/or where there are places to safely inject.)

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Gay minority stripped of equal rights by Croatia’s Roman Catholics.

Gay minority stripped of equal rights by Croatia’s Roman Catholics. 

It is heartening to know that many newspapers, the Jewish and Lutheran community, famous Croatian entertainers and Croatian psychologists were against the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage adopted in Croatia yesterday.

The road to marriage equality has only started in parts of Europe, where 8 of the 26 nations have gay marriage and 6 have adopted constitutional bans. Croatia was the 6th.

It is unclear whether the parliamentary proposal of registered partnerships for same sex couples will go ahead.

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Uganda: ‘Kill The Gays’ bill, 2013

Uganda: ‘Kill The Gays’ bill must be made law now. 

Gay rights campaigners fear the bill might become law after all, now that a 65 year old gay Brit, Bernard Randall, is on trial. 

A Ugandan tabloid published photos of him with another man in bed after his laptop was stolen. Now Randall faces trial for “trafficking in obscene publications” for which he can get TWO years. Court date: December 16th.

Talk about abuse of the law…

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Aussie MP weds boyfriend. But will it last 5 days?!

Smooch! Aussie MP weds boyfriend in one of the country’s first same-sex weddings— but their High Court might nullify it in 5 days.

That is not as short as a Las Vegas marriage can be, I guess…

These weddings are interesting because the Australian Capital Territory of Canberra has created a partnership called “gay marriage” which is distinct from “marriage.”

Normally I dislike legalese/sophistry, but this is a clever circumvention of the federal law that says marriage is only open to a man and a woman.