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Keith Haring “Unfinished Painting” 1989

Of particular note is that this painting was deliberately left unfinished by the artist. A political commentary on the indifference with which the federal government was handling the AIDS epidemic at the time, the painting is left as unfinished as the countless lives that were taken by the disease.  Haring died months later at the age of 31.

He continues to be an iconic figure in the LGBTQ+ gay rights community and is remembered by many as a symbol of late 80s / early 90s Nickelodeon aesthetic.

Look at this photo for a minute.

Set aside your political leaning or any complaint you have about the choices that various governments in Canada have made lately, and just look at this photo. It’s nearly impossible to imagine it being taken in any other country. Really look at it, because it was iconic the moment it was shot.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Canada’s current prime minister would make an appearance in Toronto at one of the largest gay pride parades in the world - maybe he could have dressed in a natty suit and his signature tan lace-ups, and waved to the crowd while waving the flag. That alone would have been enough to make history, to feed the news cycle and to build the Justin™ brand. Maybe even snag another GQ cover.

But, no. Appreciate what is happening in this photo. This G7 leader decided to bare his hairless chest in a salmon-pink shirt, and slip into curvy white jeans (there isn’t a straight guy alive that can pull off white jeans without irony - don’t even bother disagreeing with me), and shake his baby-maker under a high, July sun while being hosed down by a hundred water pistols wielded by all manner of race and colour along the straight, L, G, B, T, and Q spectrum. And in this picture, you can just make out the guy in the hat to the right of Trudeau’s jubilant armpit. He’s a recent émigré to Canada. A 5-foot-1, gay, HIV-positive Syrian refugee, which, if you look it up, is the definition of completely fucked back in his devastated homeland. And yet, there he is, marching and dancing next to the leader of his newly-adopted country, agog in the middle of Yonge Street.

Some might say that this is simply a picture of liberalism gone wild, or of biblical deviance, or of political opportunism. Go ahead – knock yourself out. Or, you would be partially correct to see this as a photo of a minority group celebrating a wider acceptance of its claim to humanity. It is that, and a great deal more. To look at this photo and not grasp its significance is to not only succumb to shallow, jaded and isolated thinking, but also to take for granted a level of freedom that is absurdly great in comparison to the utter bleakness in other corners of the world right now. This is a photo that says, “You have the freedom to not only feel love here, but to demonstrate it, celebrate it, sing it and shine it. Don’t squander it.”

Theo Ward, July 5, 2016



anonymous asked:

Obviously I'm an INTP because I'm here, but I frequently ask detailed, "hard" questions about various things. I asked my neurologist about the brain and color vision and he had no idea ("Emily asks me all the hard questions I can't answer.") Also, in eighth grade, I researched and developed this idea for a cure for HIV-1 and literally emailed the head of the fucking CDC about it (he responded 6 months later).

Intps i swear like….you all are either singlehandedly saving humanity or trying to permanently destroy it theres no inbetween

In possibly the only instance of a YouTube comment actually adding to the video, somebody did an index of Matt’s “date night” Q&A with time stamps. Thank you Paracosm Zed, you da real MVP.

Some highlights, mostly things I found amusing or useful or insightful. Asterisks next to the ones I think you should really watch.

7:30 Did you know that’s not a real fireplace behind you? 
15:35 Any tips on dealing with audition nerves? Waiting to hear back on an audition.
22:48 What is your favorite kind of cheese?
24:11 I’m planning to break into the VO industry and currently taking lessons. Is there anything else you recommend to get an edge in this cuttthroat industry?
38:21 How do you balance your major part in Critical Role and your career as a voice actor?
41:22 What’s your favorite type of cookie?
45:12 How’d you get into Burning Man?
1:03:27 What’s the story behind each of your bracelets?
1:07:45 How did you and Marisha meet?
1:17:43 How do you deal with rejection?
1:20:07 ** WARNING: A VERY emotional aside addressing viewer lashback against how they handled Taryon coming out in Episode 94 ** (additional content notes: discussion of a gay family member who died from HIV/AIDS, homophobia)
1:34:58 Kind of stagnant in life with no direction. Did you have any friends or were you like that? How did you find direction/motivation?
1:44:50 Worst video game you’ve ever played? (featuring Matt’s sekrit past as a QA tester)
1:51:09 Favorite doctor from Doctor Who? (includes amazing story about how he ugly cried at the Doctor Who Museum)
1:53:20 Favorite non-RPG game? (in which I learn there is in fact lore in fighting games)

receiving an HIV/AIDS disclosure

even specifically designated lgbt spaces tend to view HIV/AIDS as a problem firmly in the past for “developed” society. the reality: more than 1.2 million persons over the age of 13 are living with HIV in the united states. while overall infection rates have fallen 19% since 2005, there were still 44,000+ new diagnoses in 2014, and certain groups - young gay&bi men of colour, trans women of colour, etc. - remain extremely at risk. HIV/AIDS is a present, gripping issue.

thus it’s important to know how to accept disclosures. when a coworker, friend, family member, or partner decides to inform you of their HIV status:

-above all else: do not share unless you are specifically and sincerely asked to do so. you may have some crusading feelings of morality developing. you may think that other people in this person’s life have a “right to know.” some states do require disclosures to sexual partners and needle sharers under penalty of prosecution, but those discussions will happen with assistance from organisations besides yourself. their life may be at risk. they may need to make new living arrangements and take other preemptive action before a disclosure. respect privacy.

-first: affirm your complete support for this person. your friend, family, or partner is almost certainly fearing rejection &/or disgust. 

-second: offer realistic help based on both your and your friend, family or partner’s circumstances.

*if you are or have been sexually active with this person, assuming they were not abusive: avoid lashing out and open hostility. it’s very easy to fall into the trap of blame game with HIV, since 1 in 8 don’t know they’re infected, but your partner or former partner deserves support during their disclosure. if you are diagnosed afterwards or later on in life, you will be the one disclosing. do unto others.

that’s it. only two steps. a disclosure is not a time for interrogation, not a time to showcase your own knowledge, not a time to pass judgement, not a time for anger. you should absolutely never ask how the person acquired HIV or their medical prospects. get educated and respect your loved ones!

sourdoughbirb  asked:

So, background first. I just graduated with my bachelor's and plan to go into ethology. I just applied to a job working with captive primates (I think macaques). HOWEVER this job entails me basically being a lab tech and caring for animals that have been infected with diseases like HIV and Hep for disease research. I'm having some moral conflict about this. I'd much rather work with animals that aren't being used this way... but I need to get my foot in the door, as it were. Any thoughts? =\ =(

I know this dilemma all too well. Before working for The Company, all of my experience had been with wild (or semi-wild / reserve) animals. I had to decide if I could handle* doing behavioral work with captive animals that are being used for biomedical research.

I spent a fair bit of time in discussions with other professionals, conducting literature / regulation reviews, and a lot of personal soul-searching… which can be broken down into four main questions:

  1. What is the value of this action [e.g. primate research]?
  2. What are the consequences of this action?
  3. What are the consequences of the failure to do this action?
  4. What effect will my personal actions (or lack thereof) have on the situation?

There are plenty of links below that may help you answer these questions. Only you will know if the answers you find are enough to resolve this moral conflict. But maybe I can help you with the fourth question right now.

As an animal technician you will have a direct impact on the lives of the animals you work with. You will see your animals daily and have the opportunity to build a relationship with those animals.

Your quality of work is their quality of life. 

This is more than my department’s motto; this should be the motto of everyone who works with animals. As a lab animal technician your quality of work goes even further. Your quality of work is the animal’s quality of life AND the researcher’s quality of results. If we’re not getting reliable results from animal research, we’ve just wasted that animal’s sacrifice to science. I find unreliable animal research professionally insulting and morally repugnant.  

How do we make sure we have reliable research conditions for our animals? It all comes down to having people who care. People who care enough to meet – and surpass – current welfare & understanding and guidelines. People who continue their education and training (formal or informal) so they keep up with the ever evolving ‘best practice’ procedures. People who not only ask ‘why’ we do something, but ‘how can we make it better’.

Read the links below and consider those questions. Think about what you’ll gain career wise from this position, what challenges you may face, and what kind of support would be available for you as you deal with those challenges.  

I am a field Ethologist at heart, and one day (sooner than later) I’ll return to the field. But I know when I leave The Company I can be proud of the work I have done here. I have created social housing and behavioral management programs, implemented an evidence based assessment of enrichment techniques, changed the way our staff interact with the animals in order to promote a low-stress environment… and many other things which are evidenced by numerous internal and external publications. I have made a difference in the lives of the animals I care for and I am damned proud of the work that I and my department have done.

Could you be proud of your work as an animal technician? Even if it’s just for a couple years while you gain experience? I’d like to think so, but only you have the answer.

As always, feel free to message / email me with further questions. I included a lot of links below, but you should also explore those websites for additional information.

*Note: Working in those wild and semi-captive conditions had their own set of moral dilemmas. Do not fall for the ARA lie that The Wild is this perfect animal Disneyland where nothing bad ever happens.  

BOD Comments on the Use of Primates in Biomedical Research - American Society of Primatologists

Primates in Medical Research (iTunes book free download)– Moshe Bushmitz & Understanding Animal Research

Animal Welfare and the 3Rs – Speaking of Research

Comparison of events associated with natural SIV infection and pathogenic SIV and HIV-1 infection (graph)Full text (PDF)
* SIV or SHIV is the agent used in primate HIV research, but since it does not often develop into what you’d consider the analogous form of AIDS, and because lab conditions are clean and free of outside infections, these animals can live long pain free lives.

Breakthrough Ebola Vaccine Provides Hope for West Africa – Dogonews (pssst. Biomedical research like that for Ebola helps both humans and wildlife!)

Is That Situation Healthy For The Animals? (An Ask About Site Inspections) - TheJungleNook

Why I Differentiate Between Animal Testing & Animal Research - TheJungleNook

An Ask About Animal Research – TheJungleNook (also check out my animal welfare tag)

Why The ALF (& other extremist) Activities Hurt Their Own Cause - TheJungleNook

Why are animals used in research? – Understanding Animal Research

I care for animals – American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS, plus this corny but informational YouTube video)

Animal Roles in Medical Discoveries – Kids4Research (geared towards young students & their educators)

Animal Testing and its Gifts to Humans - Foundation for Biomedical Research

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan parasite of the urogenital tract in men and women and causes a sexually transmitted disease, trichomoniasis, in about half of infected women. Infections are associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, an increased incidence of aggressive prostate cancers, and an increase in HIV-1 transmission.

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Trichomonas vaginalis (yellow-green) with epithelial cells (pink) where adhesion of the parasites to host cells is seen.

December 1 is World AIDS Day

The World Health Organization [WHO] sponsors World AIDS Day to bring together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

Photograph of President William Jefferson Clinton Delivering Remarks at the World AIDS Day Event at Rankin Chapel in Washington, D.C., 12/01/2000

10 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 108)

1. Harald Hadrada, a Viking who fled from his native Norway to Russia, then went on to become an elite guardsman in Eastern Roman Empire and fought in Iraq. He then went back to Russia to marry a princess, and arrived back in Norway as a king, and finally invaded England with his army.

2. In Dubai you can get a helicopter instead of a taxi.

3. According to research published by the CDC, a pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety.

4. the creator of the band-aid made it for his wife, who often…

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Il 1° dicembre si celebra la Giornata mondiale contro l’Aids, ovvero l'occasione per sollecitare più persone possibili a impegnarsi nella lotta contro l’Aids e dimostrare così la loro solidarietà con le persone affette da HIV.
Dal primo dicembre nelle farmacie italiane sarà disponibile il test per l'autodiagnosi senza prescrizione ricetta medica.

Here numerous HIV-1 particles leave a cultured HeLa cell. These viruses lack their vpu gene and thus can’t detach from the cell’s tethering factor, BST2. Each viron particle is ~120nm in diameter. The image was captured with a Zeiss Merlin ultra high-resolution scanning electron microscope. The cells were fixed, dehydrated, critical-point dried, and lightly sputter-coated with gold/palladium.

This transmission electron micrograph shows a Langerhans cell (purple) exiting an isolated epithelium to disseminate the HIV-1 infection. A long cytoplasmic extension of the Langerhans cell remains anchored between basal keratinocytes and contains a large vacuole with one HIV-1BaL virion (red) inside. Epithelial sheets were inoculated with the virus by centrifugation (i.e., spinoculation) for 2 hours and then fixed in Karnovsky’s fixative for electron microscopy.