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My journey with AIDS…and more!: Meanderings of a mental health client in good company

Originally posted on My journey with AIDS…and more!: Would it be much of a surprise, even to the casual reader, that I am a mental health client? I have been since soon after my conclusive HIV diagnosis in 1990, although I wish now that I had sought such accompaniment long before then. It started…

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My journey with AIDS…and more!: Remembering “The Romans” – The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa

just an illustration🙂 I found it in the Yellow Pages, which I was checking out at the Toronto Coach Terminal on Bay Street. I had just arrived from Niagara College. It was 1979. I was 19. I thumbed through the book, checking “Baths”, which brought up bathroom fixtures mostly, then I think I tried “Saunas”. . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Remembering “The Romans” – The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a strang… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

Reading something which noted that 1981 was 35 years ago jarred me into realizing that it was three-and-a-half decades ago this very month that I officially came out of the closet, by which I mean letting my family know that I was gay. It was in the co… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

Death By Trolley: Follow up Post: Is Milo Yiannopoulos a “self-hating homosexual”?

Recently I did a blog post and YouTube video that was critical of an appraisal made by Joe Rogan and Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk; a link to the video I was responding to can be found in the info section of my YouTube video). Milo Yiannopoulos, a well-known gay conservative commentator and writer on social . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Follow up Post: Is Milo Yiannopoulos a “self-hating homosexual”?

Death By Trolley: Follow up Post: Is Milo Yiannopoulos a “self-hating homosexual”?

Recently I did a blog post and YouTube video that was critical of an appraisal made by Joe Rogan and Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk; a link to the video I was responding to can be found in the info section of my YouTube video) that Milo Yiannopoulos is a self-hating homosexual. Yiannopoulos, a well-known gay . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Follow up Post: Is Milo Yiannopoulos a “self-hating homosexual”?

Death By Trolley: Progressive Shaming: Milo Yiannopoulos, the “self-hating” homosexual.

In the video below I talk about how Joe Rogan, who I often find myself agreeing with, and Kyle Kulinsky of Secular Talk accused gay conservative Milo Yiannapoulos of being a self-hating homosexual. Why? Because he indicated that he would have preferred to have been born straight. I think this is a completely unfounded appraisal . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Progressive Shaming: Milo Yiannopoulos, the “self-hating” homosexual.

Death By Trolley: Progressive Shaming: Milo Yiannopoulos, the “self-hating” homosexual.

NOTE (October 12, 2015): I have written a follow-up post on this issue. In the follow up I argue that while self-hatred is probably an overly-inflammatory descriptor, in his discussions regarding homosexuality Milo is sometimes pretty much “asking” to be interpreted as having anti-homosexual inclinations. He is a complicated man – surely be design. A . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Progressive Shaming: Milo Yiannopoulos, the “self-hating” homosexual.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Imprison Pat!

Morning everyone. I’d like to share a Word of the Master video with you today.

The intolerance is strong with religion and really is only a path to further divisiveness and conflict. Let’s not continue the religious cycle of marginalizing and fearing other people based on bronze age melodrama.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Homosexuality, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Imprison Pat!

Bill Longstaff: Putin leads Russia from Communism to Fascism

Russian president Vladimir Putin is on record as saying that the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the 20th century’s major geopolitical disasters. Some might say this suggests he is an unregenerate communist but that, I suspect, is not the case. He was comfortable enough in the USSR, serving the state as a . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Putin leads Russia from Communism to Fascism

My journey with AIDS...and more!: I’m Thinking, “This is Going to Hurt!”: On ‘How Not to Deal with Grief’

From my friend Betty Ann on her Facebook page: “This article deeply moved me…as I suspect it will for any of you who have been impacted by the kind of grief associated with multiple loss, deaths due to overdose and or HIV/AIDS. Rather than just clicking on “like”, can you write a few sentences in . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m Thinking, “This is Going to Hurt!”: On ‘How Not to Deal with Grief’

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Letter to The Star Re: When free speech becomes hate crime (Letters, June 23)

From among the throngs walking past, largely ignoring him, a street preacher standing with a mic and an amplifier in front of Old City Hall called me out leaving the opening ceremonies of World Pride taking place at Nathan Phillips Square last Friday. Punching his words from between what he considered to be biblical condemnations . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Letter to The Star Re: When free speech becomes hate crime (Letters, June 23)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Ric McIver and the March for Jesus: A Lake of Fire Redux?

Tweet “Last year alone, Calgary’s streets were flooded with people of wrong sexual preferences during a homosexual parade of over 30,000 attendees and none of them were embarrassed the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families and in front of future generations to openly proclaim and manifest that they are not . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Ric McIver and the March for Jesus: A Lake of Fire Redux?

Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce

Trinity Western University has been in the news recently, as law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to not recognize lawyers trained at the religious university’s soon-to-open law school. These two law societies – like your blogger and the vast majority of Canadians – recoiled in horror at the university’s community covenant (“covenant” . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce

calgaryliberal.com: Being gay is not offensive, Alison Redford.

Homosexuality is not an offensive concept, Alison Redford. When you amended the Human Rights Act as Minister for Justice your government told Albertans that homosexuality, sexual orientation, and human sexuality are things that parents could ‘opt out’ of in our schools. By doing so you’ve promoted the anti-LGBT beliefs and social constructs that have plagued . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Being gay is not offensive, Alison Redford.

The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.

The post Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Review (and a personal retrospective) – Behind the Candelabra

With only the most scant help from Google I have been trying to remember more about my personal, professional meeting with Liberace (“Please, call me Lee.”) It was some time in the mid-1980s, while I was working at a St. Catharines, Ontario radio station, when the subject of last night’s premiere of Behind the Candelabra . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Review (and a personal retrospective) – Behind the Candelabra

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

The following satirical video, “Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene”, pokes fun at the concept of a “gay gene” and religious opposition to homosexuality.

The proportion of people who believe that homosexuality is chosen is decreasing. That’s not to imply that homosexuality is the phenotype expressed by a “gay gene”. Just that whatever makes one . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

Eclectic Lip: Lana Wachowski, Joe Simpson and our evolving social mores

The recent release of Cloud Atlas, piqued my interest in writing some thoughts about sexual identity. As has been fairly well publicized leading to the movie’s opening, Lana Wachowski (born Larry) underwent a gender transition (“sex change”) a few years ago; and from all accounts, seems the happier for it.

The even-more-recent allegations that Joe . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Lana Wachowski, Joe Simpson and our evolving social mores

Canadian Progressive: How Putin Learned That Putin Was Behind The Plot To Assassinate Putin

How Putin Learned That Putin Was Behind The Plot To Assassinate Putin.  

My journey with AIDS...and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

…this! It’s certainly not too early to think about Mental Illness Awareness Week When I read the Ottawa Citizen article (linked above) I immediately thought, “Mom will have read that yesterday,” and what an opening it would give me to discuss my own mental health history with her. Not long after sobering up five+ years . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

My journey with AIDS...and more!: My 1,000th post! (with help from The Equality Mantra’s “A Letter to My Sons”)

What I really like about this is that it could just as easily have been said by my Mom or Dad. (They said and wrote almost exactly similar sentiments when Craig and I came out 31 and 35 years ago, respectively.) So there you have it, according to WordPress and Price-Waterhouse accountants, my one-thousandth post!

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: God Created Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve

I’m really not sure why religious right wingers always seem to use this phrase in reference to the Adam and Eve story (as well as other Old Testament references) to justify their claims that homosexuality is an abomination (and as the Catholic school system would call it “intrinsically disordered”). The lesson from the Adam and . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: God Created Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve