Balaban is the touching story of the coming-of-age relationship between two teenage HIV-positive girls in Kazakhstan and their journey toward freedom and love. Based on real-life events, writer and director Aysulu Onaran highlights the case of 160 children who were infected with HIV during blood transfusions in Kazakhstan in 2006 when untested blood was … Continue reading
WHEN LIVING WITH HIV IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE In present-day Ireland, many people are silent about their HIV status because society has silenced them, not only in Ireland, but in Guatemala and other countries, there is no education on the subject, and silence reigns, not to mention vulnerable points along the medicine supply chain … Continue reading
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
Over the past few years, QUEERGURU has sat through and reviewed 40 feature films that touch on HIV and/or AIDS. The pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s totally devastated the LGBTQ+ community and became the single largest factor in reshaping our future. As a queer media that prides itself in its mission to ensure … Continue reading
TPAN was founded in 1987 as the Test Positive Aware Network during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was a place for HIV-positive people to share vital information and find peer-support, in a time when fear, misinformation, and rampant discrimination in the healthcare system contributed to countless lives lost. To address a painful … Continue reading