Over 400 signatories asking Nigel Farage for HIV apology.

ACT UP is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic.

Along with 375 other people and 44 organisations, I signed the letter composed by ACT UP London, an HIV activist group, which corrects inaccuracies in Nigel Farage’s claims during the televised leaders’ debate in the run up to the UK Parliamentary General Election.

During the leaders’ debate on 2 April, Mr Farage claimed: “Here’s a fact… there are 7,000 diagnoses in this country every year for people that are HIV positive… 60% of them are not British nationals.” He further stated treatment costs up to £25,000 per year per patient. Each of these claims is inaccurate, addressed by the letter with reference to the accurate statistics.

Mr Farage’s claims are wild, and scaremongering. They will divide our communities and further create stigma to people who are living with HIV. Continue reading “Over 400 signatories asking Nigel Farage for HIV apology.”

Politicians sometimes surprise me…

Every now and then, politicians surprise me. For instance, The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA is supporting religious freedom and freedom of conscience. This has been highlighted by Faith and Pride: Glad @dupleader is taking a strong stand for freedom of conscience. http://t.co/vm2EjzLFTd — Faith And Pride (@FaithAndPride) March 9, 2015 Perhaps you should read what Faith and Pride has said about his comments… Support Religious Freedom, Support Same-Sex marriage Continue reading Politicians sometimes surprise me…

Thank you Andrew: a return to blogging

Sorry everyone, life has been getting in the way of posting. Living here in Gibraltar, I have not been brilliant at taking some time to sit down and record how life is. Perhaps that is because it has been so good recently. Well so good in comparison to what it was when the blog was first started. However, I aim to record some thoughts at least once every two days from now on as I have always found it to be helpful in keeping me sane. Today I give thanks for Andrew. For without him and his love, I would be nothing today. Indeed, I doubt very much if … Continue reading Thank you Andrew: a return to blogging

Who is perfect?

None of us is perfect. Yet all too often the images that we see in shops all around us are of so-called body-beautiful people. Imagine if there were mannequins that represented real people? Earlier this month, there were figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions in Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. The campaign was devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Informs, an organisation for the disabled. Continue reading Who is perfect?