Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long

Since the playground, many of us have suffered threats and most of us think that that has been put behind us when we get to adulthood. Sadly, for many of us living with HIV in Northern Ireland they still come. It seems that even in the ‘new Northern Ireland’ our political leaders can get them too – for standing up for what is right. In the early hours of this morning, Naomi Long MP got told by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that a threat had been made against her life, both at her home in the constituency of … Continue reading Standing up to the bully boys – well done @Naomi_Long

Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

I remember I received a letter from my mother where she said I could bring about more change by becoming a barrister than taking part in demonstrations.1 Although my mother has never quite said as much to me, it has been suggested to me by many other people that the way to make change is by changing the law. I think that for many years I have seen that as being within the political and legislative sphere, however, as I am now a law student, this is beginning to change. John Beckley‘s interest in the law came from working in … Continue reading Vast changes in legal research says HIV-inspired barrister.

If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?

If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama or South Carolina in 2012 offer some tragic examples. —Sir Elton John Sir Elton John writes in today’s Washington Post about conditions for HIV-positive prisoners in gaols in Alabama and South Carolina in the United States. Reading this, makes me feel very lucky that I don’t have to wander around with a white armband on, nor am I segregated from the rest of society because I am living with HIV. I wonder how the Northern Ireland Prison Service copes with any prisoners … Continue reading If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?