When actor Matthew Cavan was diagnosed with HIV+ 10 years ago he felt totally isolated. He lives in Northern Ireland, a conservative and religious province of the UK which was way behind in its acceptance of the LGBTQ community let alone those with HIV.
Supported by his close family + friends Cavan created Cherrie On Top as his drag queen alter ego to give him confidence and made two documentaries on his life’s journey filled with such positivity and now he talks with QUEERGURU about the joy of being regarded as role mole for the community #NickyLarkinBBC Northern Ireland
Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis has never stopped making a splash all his life and in recent years it has been as an outstanding LGBT activist and an exemplary HIV awareness advocate for which Equality Florida have given him their highest honor THE VOICE FOR EQUALITY AWARD. We tracked him down to his home in California to talk about this …. and love and life too. He is a disarmingly charming man, but most of all he is an American Hero.
“The Equality Florida Broward gala where Greg will be accepting his Award takes place on Sunday, November 12. Click here for tickets and information.” http://www.eqfl.org/browardgala
Robbie Lawlor is one of the central characters in this excellent hybrid documentary HOW TO TELL A SECRET about how millennials deal with their HIV status in contemporary Ireland. It opens with a reenactment of 21-year-old Shaun Dunne waiting for the arrival of his ex-boyfriend Robbie who is about to tell him that he has been diagnosed with HIV. It’s some years since 1996 when the arrival of protease inhibitors so it meant that this was no longer a death sentence, but even so these young men suffered from the sheer ignorance that Irish society had maintained.
Robbie Lawlor talks with Queerguru on the eve of the film being released in Irish Cinemas on World AIDS Day
PS You can read Queerguru’s full review of How To Tell A Secret HERE