As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history.So ThePoz+Life is calling for everyone to join us on November 29th at 1:00 PM EST via Google Hangout, YouTube, or ThePozLife.com for, ThePozLife: Nationwide Call to Action for World AIDS Day! For this to be successful we need you to share with your social networks, organizations and other news platforms.
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Life Gives you Lemons So Make a Stiff Drink

Posted: November 20, 2014 by thepozlife in The Poz+ Life of Patrick

Derrick Gordon Opens Up About Troubled Family History

Posted: November 17, 2014 by thepozlife in Uncategorized

Originally posted on TIME:

University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay man to play Division I basketball, opened up about coming out to his family and his twin brother Darryl’s jail time in an Sports Illustrated profile.

Darryl was recently released from prison after a five-year sentence for shooting a man several times after an altercation, SI reports. “There was nothing that anyone could have said. My parents tried everything they could think of to help me. But I wasn’t listening to anyone,” Darryl told the magazine. “No one other than me could have stopped what happened.”

Derrick came out to his family while his brother was in prison — and eventually came out publicly, becoming the first college basketball star to do so.

You can read the full profile at SI.com.

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546612846fcfd-RedRemindsMe_RevisionCheck out TheBody.com and their campaign for World AIDS Day.  To participate it’s quite simple:

  • People can submit their photos and captions using the Web form below (the preferred method), on our Facebook page, or by using the #RedRemindsMe hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook from Nov. 15 through Dec. 12.
  • TheBody.com will moderate submissions and open up voting to the public from Dec. 15 to 31.
  • The three most creative and inspirational photos (as chosen by a panel of judges) will be announced by the week of Jan. 12 and rewarded with a great prize. Our grand prize includes an MTV Video Music Awards experience, with two tickets to the LifeBEat/ Time Warner Cable/ MTV VMA Concert and a $1,000 gift card for accommodations and travel. Past performers include: Sam Smith, Kesha, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and Robin Thicke. Two runner-up submissions will also be selected, and will receive cash prizes: a $250 gift card for 2nd place and $100 gift card for 3rd place.

For more information about this campaign click here!

Some examples of what entries can look like

Some examples of what entries can look like

4 White boys and a Mexican

Posted: November 17, 2014 by thepozlife in Uncategorized

thepozlife:

Damn he does it again!

Originally posted on thecock&carrot:

Here I thought my stripping days were long gone secretly tucked away as one of the most lively times in my life, sweat and glitter were the main frame of my existence during those days. Loved the facial expressions on the bank tellers face when I would come and deposit hundreds in a series of ones , fives and twenties (Those were on a good night when the geriatric fanboys would come in). This past weekend though I got to relive those days after my friend thought it would be funny to push me up on stage when the drag queen called for 5 guys. I had tried to walk back to my spot, but she snatched me up quicker then Sweet Brown raaan out her house cuase’ she had brooonchitis lol.

She quickly announced it was time for the amateur stripper contest and I just shook my head in…

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10 Things Gay Men Need To STOP…

Posted: November 13, 2014 by thepozlife in Uncategorized

thepozlife:

Great piece by Rodd Klever!

Originally posted on RoddKlever.Com:

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1. Chasing Straight Men…..

With a consider bevy of men in 2014 and beyond there is no need to chase men who identify socially as straight. Gay men run the gamut of feminine to very masculine, so you have a great selection out there. Straight men that you try to convert turn into you either getting cursed out and possibly harmed or if you do get him to “convert” he was never straight in the first place and now will be a regular headache for you because you going to have to hold his hand through the whole gay experience. Good luck with that.

2. Using Masculinity as a Badge of Honor…..

So many times on dating/hook up platform you see “masc”, “masculine”, “masc dudes only”, etc. When you say masculine
what you saying exactly? Minimally you are saying that your mannerisms are that of a man. I have found…

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The Long Wait

Posted: November 12, 2014 by tdavisep in Uncategorized
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This piece choreographed by Thomas Davis is entitled “The Long Wait” and shows the struggle between two people to support each other after HIV has been introduced into their relationship.

“I choose to use dance to communicate a lot of my feelings because I get too caught up in my words. I think dance is a powerful tool that can and should be used more. I hope to continue creating works to speak out about HIV and my experiences.”

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Join me on Wednesday to address Stigma

Posted: November 11, 2014 by thepozlife in The Poz+ Life of Patrick

Join me on November 12, 2014 as others and myself will discuss how I have faced and overcome stigma in my personal and professional life.  Click here to register! This webinar is brought to you by the National Minority AIDS Council.
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NMAC represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS Service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials.

ThePozLife Live

Posted: November 8, 2014 by thepozlife in The Poz+ Life of Patrick

1278188_10152310327582126_4025973683424660537_nSo today is Election Day in the United States. Voting is most importantly a civic right and in many nations is required by law. It is baffling how many people complain about government and are cynical about its system; however, have never been to a community meeting or directly engaged a candidate. Let’s be real, if you are a minority, living with HIV, enrolled in public assistance programs, or not seeing issues in your community being addressed then you need to be involved. From actually running for office to just putting the candidates on the spot by asking a question like “what is your view on increasing Ryan White Funding?” we all have to understand that in order to see better results in our community we have to be engaged on multiple levels. Being engaged by vocalizing our issues, voting and most importantly making our elected officials and governments (local, state and federal) accountable for their actions is essential. Too many times we vote people in public office based off of what we wish to see, yet never follow up until we are directly affected in a negative way. If I can wake up at 4am, walk my dog, drive two hours, vote, and be back at work then you can travel 10 minutes away and vote. It is simple yet not as tedious as you think.

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