International Carnival of Pozitivities - edition 2.6
The 2007 and 2008 theme for World AIDS Day is Leadership.
John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Each submission of this edition demonstrates leadership.
I am lucky to be a small part of Ron Hudson’s good work. I, too, was once told I probably wouldn’t make it. Instead, I followed the lead of those who came before me, fought side by side with those in my trenches and (luckily) came out the other end understanding the importance of leading an example for others to follow, now and for our collective future. I think I am most proud of the legacy of leadership hiv/AIDS has provided the world. With leadership, how can we not stop AIDS?
so let's get started...
"There is so much we can learn from children. Most of us are disconnected from that childlike quality inside ourselves, that innocent state of joyful wonder that makes love for children so natural. It's pretty common to simply disconnect after being diagnosed. And yet, this state is available to us at all times, and an absolutely essential part of happiness and love, in any circumstance. The article goes through qualities of a child we can learn to bring into our own life."
*also available as a podcast
"With support of both developed and resource poor countries, the relatively ignored problem of HIV/AIDS in children can be successfully addressed."
Ms. Muslema Khan presents Welcoming Guest Writer Ms. Muslema Khan of Bangladesh posted at 2sides2ron.
"Teenage Girls are Particularly Vulnerable to HIV/STD Infection"
the good news: “The responses and capacity required to address the identified vulnerabilities in Asia lie within the region itself. Although, capacities, commitment and resources within countries are varied, a diverse range of successful responses exist within Asia.”
A volunteer recalls her experiences working in an AIDS orphanage in Thailand.
UNICEF presents YouTube - President Clinton and Muppet Kami share HIV/AIDS message posted at YouTube for UNICEF.
"Make a difference: Talk (& listen) to your children about HIV/AIDS."
"For Our Sake" by
(The) Nrityanjali Academy, Secunderabad, India.
*check out his website too - in Hindi, a beautiful language
"Debating whether (RED) is more philanthropic or exploitative in nature misses the point. Even its most ardent critics would agree that the brand is making a positive contribution to the fight against AIDS. The question is, could PRODUCT(RED) do more to achieve its stated goal to “expand opportunities for the people of Africa”? I think it could."
“why I continue to thrive after 20 years of taking HIV medications and countless more deaths of friends and lovers. And I come to the same conclusion every time! I think the medications play some part but even more so is my outlook and attitude. I do not give in to anything but to enjoy life as it comes. To find laughter even when it hurts.”
“we must laugh because it is better than the alternative.”
“I went to open a can of biscuits the other [day], and I noticed the expiration date was March 2006, I thought "screw it, I want biscuits" I went to open the seal and it blew up, dough everywhere.
Sometimes I feel like those biscuits, like I'm past my expiration date.”
Dragonette presents Not the only one (thank you Ron) posted at NotPerfectAtAll.
"At one point in time HIV entered our organism and determined not just a life of drug dependence (if we’re lucky) and a further degree of social seclusion, it also determined that we would meet each other and care about each other."
"The point is that miracles are hidden in what appears to be the ordinary. How many times do we get so caught up with our lives that we forget about the miracles that are all around us."
Kenn shares the power of the bonds of brotherhood.
Kenn shares his grief over his brother's passing - "It feels like the beginning of an important new phase."
Shawn Decker presents Myspace.com Blogs - The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - My Pet Virus: Let's Put the Epidemic in a Box MySpace Blog posted at My Pet Virus.
“In honor of World AIDS Day 2007, I'm posting some journal entries of my experience as a camp counselor at a summer camp for kids affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Wayne Fleisher presents "What a Difference a Quarter Century makes….or A New Life, New Dreams & New Possibilities" posted at dropdeadhappy.com
"As pioneers in the disability benefits arena, we can all be proud that our efforts have benefited and empowered the entire disabled community not just those with HIV/AIDS and I know we will continue to do so as time and medical advances move forward. We as a collective have always been pioneers in one area or another of this disease and am sure will continue to be so for the indefinite future."
putting it out there...
Mike presents Myspace.com Blogs - HIV discrimination - a fact or apparition? - mike MySpace Blog posted at Mike.
Mike answers, “Yes I discriminate - against myself."
Warrior Scout asks the question about condom use and bug chasing, "I wonder if we can open a new dialogue that would be more likely to address the concerns of today's gay men."
Daimeon presents Pam's House Blend:: Rub it in "Concerned Women," rub it in posted at Pam's House Blend - Front Page.
Daimeon responds to the Concerned Women's declaration on the the cause of hiv and AIDS.
"So while Janice preaches abstinence before, fidelity within, and the importance of treating sex with the respect it deserves, her position to deny others of the very basic rite of marriage based on her biblically myopic view points encourage and foster the opposite. And yet, she has the audacity to rub it in."
“OK guys, I finally managed to sweet talk my mother into sharing her shampoo recipe with me.”
in the news...
Andrés Duque presents Argentina: LGBT youth protest "Volunteer Blood Donor National Day" posted at Blabbeando.
"We demand that the State stop using homophobia as institutionalized criteria in any regulation, which, in this case, results in restricting the altruistic right to donate blood and to help those that need it."
Carlos Lopez G and the CD4 Band presents Myspace.com Blogs - The Day After and Mas Carretera Press Release for WAD - Carlos Lopez G and CD4 the Band MySpace Blog posted at Carlos Lopez G and CD4 the Band.
"The Day After": New Album with clear message of prevention to be released for 1st December 2007, by CD4 The Band "music for HIV awareness"
"Under the new rules, a visitor would need to travel with all the medication he would need during his stay in the U.S., prove that he has medical insurance that is accepted in the U.S. and would cover any medical contingency, and prove that he won't engage in behavior that might put the American public at risk. The maximum term of the waiver would be 30 days."
Jim Johnson presents New HIV Infections in UK GLBT Community At Highest Rate Ever posted at Straight, Not Narrow.
"In the past 10 years the number of people being seen for HIV care has more than tripled, but a recent National AIDS Trust survey into Primary Care Trusts revealed that in the same period the amount spent on HIV prevention has decreased."
Paying tribute to the life and the life’s work of "Papa Max" Massimo Consoli, known as the father of the Italian gay movement, who died on Sunday, November 4, at the age of 61 after a long battle against cancer.
and the winner is...
"How HIV/AIDS has affected or could affect my life." was the topic. Over 100 entrants in the contest so the competition was very strong. First place went to Kedibonye Elijah.
*This is Kedibonye's essay.
The next edition of the ICP will be hosted at The Spin Cycle
so join me in checking it out & be inspired in 2008 to
"dream more, learn more, do more and become more".