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Time for Equal Marriage in Gibraltar

It is time to say Yes to Equality, to say Yes to Love, and to Say No to discrimination against people of the same sex who love each other. Sitting in Dublin, one could be complacent about Equal Marriage given the constitutional referendum that was held in May to make the change here. However, I am not complacent. I know that in many other places it takes an act of the local legislature to make the change. HM Government of Gibraltar has published a command paper having completed drafting amendments to the Marriage Act to enable the consultation process to start on the possibility of legalising civil marriage between same sex couples. It is, of course, good that the views of the public are taken on board. However, I have been informed that in at least one church in Gibraltar this evening, the congregation was reminded that people ought to voice their opinions for or against same-sex marriage. It is alleged that letters were distributed for the congregation to sign. However, apparently only one version was made available: …

Maybe less than a week to go on Eviplera

It is hard to believe that it is about three-and-a-half years since I started taking Eviplera. Looking back it is clear that at the beginning I did know that it was meant to be taken with a meal, but somehow along the way I had forgotten. I had reverted to type and took it last thing at night before heading to bed. This means that it is not working as well as it should be, so the last time I was at my HIV clinic in Dublin, there is talk of me changing to a drug that does not need to be taken with food. My next appointment there is next Tuesday, so it looks like it might be less than a week to go until Eviplera is no longer part of my regime. Watch out next week to see what happens…

Originally posted on Andrew McFarland Campbell:
Ryan White in 1989 A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, PA Maglochlainn, died. PA fought to make the world a better place, and while he wasn’t old when he died, he wasn’t a young man either. Today would have been Ryan White’s 41st birthday, but Ryan died in 1990, at the age of 18. Ryan was a haemophiliac, and he became HIV positive as a result of an infected blood treatment. He was diagnosed in December 1984, the same months as his 13th birthday. In the days before effective drug treatment, an HIV infection meant developing AIDS. He faced awful prejudice as a result; even though he posed no threat to his teachers or classmates he was not allowed to return to school. A lesser man may have moved to another part of the country, where nobody knew him and he could live in secrecy. Ryan and his mother didn’t do that. They mounted a legal battle to allow him to go back to his school. As…

Originally posted on HIV Blogger:
Last night was difficult – I’m not quite sure why, but it was. I was watching the last episode of Series 1 of Queer As Folk (American version) with my friend Andrew. Right at the end of this episode is the scene where Justin Taylor, played so excellently by Randy Harrison, ends up as the victim in a vicious homophobic attack. Justin is taken to hospital, and there is a lot of crying, not just on screen – but in the audience. I said something then that I possibly shouldn’t have. But I’m repeating it now to see what others think. When I go, I don’t want anyone to cry like that. But then I ended up in bed crying my eyes out. What does that mean? This morning thinking back, I think that it meant that I was actually worried that when I die, whenever that will be – this year, next year, next decade, whenever – will those that are left around cry? Or will they be glad…

3 days to go to WAD2012 – so much happening as we #PainttheTownRED

We’ve three days to go until World AIDS Day but with everything that has been going on today  as we Paint the Town Red in Belfast you would be forgiven for thinking that we had made it there already. First of all this morning I was at The HIV Support Centre in Belfast for the launch of its new name Positive Life by Brian Kennedy. Meeting him and listening to him as he chatted to clients, volunteers and staff of Positive Life was wonderful. I know that although I have never heard him in concert myself, I hope to make it to one of his gigs soon. Having that under the belt, we were dashing off up to Parliament Buildings, Stormont for a photo call with the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly‘s Health Committee. It was rather funny going into the building not only as a client of The HIV Support Centre/Positive Life but wearing my staff pass as well. Health Committee wearing red for Positive Life #PainttheTownRed pic.twitter.com/VbQIKhfN — Positive Life NI (@PositiveLife_NI) …

A day in bed… preparing for the week to come #worldAIDSday

Everyone knows how sometimes it feels like a day to stay in bed. Well, despite having quite a lot to do to prepare for World AIDS Day Events this week, today was a day where instead of getting up and doing stuff from 0900 I didn’t actually wake up properly until 1.30pm. This means that tomorrow is going to be even more of a rush than I had thought. But I have to be at The HIV Support Centre for about 1030am, having already made it to see Fr Brian Stewart at St George’s, I also need to have my hair cut as well in preparation for an interview in the afternoon. And also I ought to be up at Stormont too. So perhaps the day in bed was my body telling me I needed to rest, the week doesn’t get much slower as we head towards the weekend! Related articles WAD service – Belfast (hivblogger.me.uk) Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help? (hivblogger.me.uk) HIV+ Graphic Novel “Lost Raven” Digi-Release …