22nd of April 2015
Different aims, messages, and strategies have strongly influenced the content and design of AIDS posters that address specific target groups. Many early AIDS prevention messages, for example, were aimed heavily at the white gay male community and intravenous drug users of all colours. But some created an atmosphere for open discussion or attempted to condemn or inspire fear. Because people understand pictures in different ways, depending on education or environment for example, and sexual behaviour is deeply rooted in culture and tradition, messages to raise awareness and encourage preventive behaviour varied depending on the intended audience. This poster, developed by the Red Hot Organization, features an image of homosexual men in an intimate pose. Recognizing that traditional health education methods were frequently ineffective, the creators of this poster use the combination of visual and textual messages to normalize and eroticize safe sex. The voyeuristic presentation works in conjunction with the message: sex can be enjoyable and safe for homosexual men.   In this poster we can see an athletic young man, which is not the typical image of someone with AIDS in the late 1980s. While the viewer may anticipate a message about sports or some other aspect of youth culture, the text in this poster provides a statement about the threat of AIDS associated with drug use. This type of image helped challenge prevailing stereotypes of drug users and at-risk populations for AIDS.   In these two posters we see that the women themselves speak to other women and tell them about their role in avoiding high-risk behaviours and making responsible decisions. These posters were part of a wider campaign conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services beginning in 1989, which covered various aspects of HIV/AIDS education. The viewer is left to reconcile the tension between empowerment and blame. The one poster places the blame on the man, whereas the other image places the burden on the women. The textual message combined with the posture and pose of the women also address a common tendency to be accommodating in relationships, and warn them that their partners won't always be looking out for their best interests, especially where sex is concerned. This poster from Clement Communications shows a child, which appears to be happy and healthy. But from the message we can conclude that her mother has given her AIDS. We see an emotional appeal to women, which along with the text suggests they have a responsibility beyond themselves to be tested for AIDS.   Designers Against Aids knows how important it is to reach all people with a creative, popular and a bit of a shocking campaign to attract the attention of all people. Because still too many people think ‘AIDS/HIV… something like that will never happen to me’.   
20th of April 2015
I read the article on Dazed named ‘Is fashion as gay-friendly as it seems’. I actually always thought the fashion world was very gay friendly, as it is a very open-minded world.  But when I read this article it appeared I was wrong.   Last week,  DKNY campaign stars John Tuite and Carlos Santolalla became the first openly gay couple to be signed to a major agency as a duo. Nicknamed Jarlos by their 22,000 devoted Instagram followers, the boys announced their history-making contract with New York’s Fusion on the social networking site. But considering fashion’s status as one of the most gay-friendly industries on the planet, why is this such a big deal? While the list of openly gay designers is seemingly endless, perhaps surprisingly, models are encouraged to stay well and truly in the closet.   Santolalla explains that in NYC it's pretty common practice for your agent to tell you before signing to not be 'gay' and to 'act like a man' as if being gay demeans your manhood.  Santolalla says: “There's also a very strong veil of homophobia hidden under ‘preference’... They say they want 'machismo' as if gay men aren't able to provide that. It's actually really reductive and sad.”   The reason for this all, is that the fashion world thinks that it’s always hotter when the guys are straight and people are more likely to be more into straight men. There’s a pressure for gay models to keep their sexuality a secret, in case coming out could lose them work.    But things are changing because 2015 has already proved to be a groundbreaking year in terms of casting, with models like Hari Nef, Lineisy Montero and Bhumika Arora kickstarting discussions around gender identity and diversity. The idea of ‘what makes a model’ is changing, and Jarlos aren’t the only LGBTQ models to being proud of their sexuality, no matter the potential consequences.   When the reaction of both fashion fans and the general public to models’ statements of LGBTQ pride is overwhelmingly positive there’s little reason for the industry to remain stuck in its homophobic ways. Jarlos are already seeing the positive effects of their actions. “The other day, this 19-year-old kid who's still in the closet told us that we were his first gay role models,” says Santolalla. “He found our Instagram by searching for ‘gay models’. That was pretty cool to hear, and it proves how important visibility is to bringing positive change.” Does the couple’s contract signify a tide change in the industry? “Hopefully,” says Santolalla, but “the idea that gay men aren't strong and powerful has to change in society's mind first.”   There is still much to be done, and that’s the reason why Designers Against Aids keeps battling for equality.    
16th of April 2015
Starting today Designers against Aids is active on the website ‘Fabusco’. Some of you may think FABWHAT?! And that is not very weird, as Fabusco is still a very young website! Fabusco’s concept started from a simple fact: every morning you wake up wondering what to wear, spending hours in front of a closet full of clothes. No one to help, what do you do? Snap a pic, send it to your friends or share your style on Fabusco with a community to get inspired by people from around the world. On Fabusco, the social community of women in everyday life is sharing their styles through pictures they upload onto the platform named Fabusco. This process creates inspiration for other users and generates desire to wear similar looks. Fabusco makes life easier for their community giving them the opportunity to buy their favorite outfits directly from our platform.   We love this concept and therefore started today with uploading DAA clothes on Fabusco. The fun thing about Fabusco is that retailers can link their clothes to outfits people posted. In this way Fabusco visitors can search their favorite items and then buy similar pieces directly on Fabusco.     It’s as easy as that, but oh so useful! Check it out on http://www.fabusco.com/fashionista/designersagainstaids/  
15th of April 2015
The South African condom brand Lovers+ has a new advertisement that straddles the fine distinction between innocent playtime and that of the naughty bedroom variety. Lovers+ is the leading condom brand in South Africa and is known for their creative advertisements.  The new campaign is created by agency Joe Public and has to parts. Teddy bears, trains and other wholesome toys illustrate the fun you can have without a condom, while in the other part sex toys are shown and represent the kinky pleasures available with a condom.  The striking visual is further boosted by the appropriately suggestive tagline: ‘There’s a fine line between playtime and playtime’.
14th of April 2015
Designers against Aids loves projects that are trying to break down the stigma around carrying and using condoms! Terrence Kelleman, founder of DYNOMIGHTY and the creative force behind the Mighty Wallet brand, is now turning his attention towards safe sex by designing the Mighty Safe Condom Case.   Tackling the taboo of carrying condoms with lighthearted designs, Terrence Kelleman, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness, funding and condom distribution. The campaign showcases the first 3 Mighty Safe Condom Case designs; Little Black Book, To Do List and Dicktionary and The Mighty Safe Condom Cases offer a new level of discretion and humor that can buffer any embarrassing moments.   The condom case’s design is discreet and looks like a small notebook, but is extremely durable, as it’s made of Tyvek. The condom case is thin, light, durable, water resistant and protects your condoms while on the go. The dangers of not using a condom are well documented, but there’s still a big misuse of condoms too, such as storing condoms in your wallet, bag or purse that can lead to malfunctions.   You can find and support this incredible project on www.dynomighty.com, Twitter (@dynomighty), www.facebook.com/dynomighty and Instagram (dynomightydesign)   There is only one thing left to say… These condoms cases are DAA Approved for sure! 
13th of April 2015
Few diseases have been more misunderstood, feared and reviled than HIV and AIDS. HIV leads to a large amount of illness and many deaths, but it’s especially unique from most other diseases because there is stigma and discrimination surrounding those affected with the disease. Public awareness is on the rise, because television shows and films featuring compassionate, nuanced portrayals of people with HIV and AIDS have helped change hearts and minds about the conditions. Still, I have the feeling that it’s difficult for the media to show people with HIV/AIDS, because of the stigma around it. Why is almost every other disease shown in television soaps and why do we see a mix of different cultures and people with different sexual preferences in those same soaps, but are they hardly ever showing someone with HIV? The transmission of HIV is extremely preventable and the media is a very effective and strong way to convey this information. The media can teach people about the disease in a way they can easily adapt in their personal lives.   For over thirty years the specter of AIDS has haunted the world and for instance devastated the gay and African American communities in the United States. We already came a long way, but we still have so much to learn about HIV and AIDS, and that’s why organizations like Designers against AIDS are working to help overcome the stigma.     And we are doing a pretty awesome job, don’t you think?
10th of April 2015
April 10th was ‘National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day’, which takes place every year on the same date to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the work young people are doing to respond to the epidemic. The theme of this year is ‘Engaging Youth Voices in the Response to HIV & AIDS’. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) tries to acknowledge and address the needs of young people in the HIV and AIDS response. On this day, young activists in high schools and at colleges and universities are using this day to organize and educate about HIV and AIDS. They will promote HIV testing, fight stigma, and start the necessary conversations to realize an AIDS-free generation.   It’s important that organizations like Designers against Aids and NYHAAD continue the fight against HIV and AIDS. We must continue to invest in scientific advancements like a vaccine and a cure, without forgetting the importance of prevention strategies and ensuring equal access to information and healthcare for everyone. And most importantly, we must invest in young people. NYHAAD sees these young people not only as partners, but also as leaders that can truly turn the tide of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Because only by fully investing in young people’s health and education, we can reach an AIDS-free generation.   The NYHAAD site offered ideas and resources to support. One of these things was taking a selfie with a personal message about HIV and AIDS. Designers against Aids supports NYHAAD and that’s why we took a selfie. Check it out and also support NYHAAD!   April 9 was the final day to upload your NYHAAD selfie with #NYHAAD and #designersagainstaids for this year, but don't forget: every day should be National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day!      SAY CHEESE & KEEP SAFE!      
9th of April 2015
At Designers against Aids we raise awareness about HIV and AIDS by using original and fun campaigns, because otherwise who would listen to what we have to say? Of course we're not the only organization that makes a difference in a creative way:  for instance, ONE Condoms (nothing to do with Bono) recently created the campaign ‘Lust for Life’. The maker of pleasure products partnered with Billi Kid and convinced 22 celebrated graffiti and street artists in the New York City area to put their message on an ordinary traffic stop sign. The STOP sign refers to the urban communities, which are among the hardest hit by new HIV transmissions. ONE’s mission is to increase the use of condoms by creating products and programs that make it easier to learn and talk about buying and using condoms. The street art was exhibited at Urban Outfitters in Herald Square and the original works were auctioned off to benefit Lifebeat, a US based non-profit organization that provides HIV outreach and support to young people in urban communities. Although the event at Urban Outfitters is over, it’s still possible to buy your Lustforlife products: you can find the customized condoms and T-shirts here http://www.onecondoms.com/products/?category=Special+Edition   In this film we can see Shiro who is creating her STOPsign for the Lust for Life campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQWz2SNnMBk   We're already big fans! How about you?
19th of September 2013
Day 1 Hola Mollina! I’m such a scaredy cat when it comes to doing things for the first time... So travelling alone wasn’t any different.  I think I checked my bags about 6 times to see if it was the right weight and if I really had everything with me… I called all my friends asking if  one of them could pretty please drive me to the airport –because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to figure out how airports work… - in the end my lovely grandparents agreed they would go through my stress journey with me, theydrove me to the airport and sent me off with love and kisses. And I have to admit… It wasn’t all that hard, figuring out an airport.. I arrived on time, found the right crowd and after a 6 hour trip I arrived at Mollina’s youth center. A bit sleep deprived I met the rest of the group and we did a few icebreakers to start the course. Want to know what my welcome present was? A ukulele – and I’m not kidding you. During one of the introduction games the question rose what other people wanted to learn from me… Apparently I’m supposed to be an expert at body language… Granted, I know a thing or two but didn’t expect the coaches to give me some time in the following days to do my own little course. I gladly accepted though and I will of course not forget about you, my dear readers and tell you all about it.       Day 2 If You Don’t Fight Today, You Will Cry Tomorrow I have already learned more from this course than I could imagine. Although it is pretty tiring, I’d say. Since the days last 10 hours, I’ll just talk about the highlights, so that I don’t bore you guys. We did a teambuilding exercise called ‘social dream’. For those who are not familiar with it, they scatter the group around the room not facing each other and give them a topic. The idea is to randomly say (if you feel like it) what you would like to say. Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what I thought. I hate those moments where you have to talk without an actual purpose, it feels awkward! But it turned out to be pretty interesting. It evolved into a conversation and the anonymity of it made that everyone was really honest. So, note to future me: implement this in mentoring students at our education center! Second thing was the Inspirational Night. The idea was that everyone brought something that inspired them and could inspire others. My input was the speech ‘Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen’ and one of my latest birthday presents.  Curious about which present I brought? Well, a friend of mine wrote me a book… No joke. He wrote me a full 60 page story that implemented different characters who (for him) represented a part of my personality. If that’s not inspiring… Anyway, the rest of the group had some pretty interesting stories to tell too. My mind is running in overdrive to process all of them right now and the night ended (surprise surprise) with me discussing with one of the coaches about her visions on life. I didn’t expect that this experience would broaden my view on life and I’m so happy that I decided to take my first trip alone coming here!   Day 3 On Your Own But Not Alone It’s been a long and intense day today. Since the course is about self-directed learning, we got 24 hours off… Well, not exactly ‘off’. The idea is that we all had to find a question that was on our mind (related to being a mentor for volunteers, but also to yourself personally) and just go out and investigate it. I chose to try and answer the following question: ‘What influences people’s feeling of security/safety? And how can you use it?’  Why? I realized that in some situations I can feel perfectly comfortable and in others (even though it’s the same environment and people) I will shut down. Looking into this wasn’t like a school assignment, you don’t run to your laptop and write an essay. No, I had 24 hours to spend in my mind and talking to other people.  This made me realize that it has been such a long time since I spent that much time simply thinking and it’s not a  bad thing to do so, but – like I said – it’s pretty exhausting. In the evening we joined in a ‘ community circle’ to talk about the day and ended our night drinking a beer in town. There are some interesting people here, I’d say!   Written by Ayke Gubbels in Mollina, Spain    
15th of August 2013
The first porn star we interviewed at the Berlin Porn Festival 2006 was Marcel Schlutt: a German fashion model, photographer and columnist. This guy has a lot of qualities, for besides being a model he is also a star in gay porn. He became known in the early 2000s as the host of the first German gay TV-show. This multi-tasker worked for Levi Strauss, Vogue, New Yorker and many, many more. DAA was lucky to bump into him in Berlin and made it hot for him!   Marcel claims to know a lot of people who are hiv+, especially in the gay scene. However, Schlutt is one of those men that realize the importance of safe sex. This porn star always plays it safe and wraps it up! After asking him about the fact that a lot of porn viewers don't like seeing condoms he replied: ‘ I honestly don't see why people would make a big deal out of this. Wearing a condom is natural, I never mind to wear one. Porn stars should always protect themselves and their colleagues.' One last word of advice from Marcel: Live your life but always play safe!   In this photo, Schultz is wearing DAA T-shirt customized with tape by artist Dodi Reifenberg.
15th of June 2013
I am quite young so it’s not a surprise that most of my friends are still studying and thus in full exam mode right now. How does this influence me? Well, at home it goes a bit like this: I open the door  - singing along to the song playing on my phone- and gaze straight into the eyes of my frustrated boyfriend who starts shushing me from the moment I walk in. The trick here is to sneak by gently, hide in the living room and watch series in silence – so with headphones and without breathing - With my friends, it’s much the same. If I, during this period, ever make the daring choice of texting one of them to go for a drink – temporarily forgetting that they’re also behind books – they will make sure I’m reminded of the fact that they have no spare time and I should remember this. And If I forget, they will gladly remind me by smacking their books against my head...  And If , by extreme luck, I see one of my friends occasionally – and I think everyone who has ever had exams , will recognize this– they’re in full zombie mode.  This means: sweatpants, forgot-to –shower-hairstyles, surrounded by chocolate or other comfort food and laughing hysterically with every joke I make since they’re so tired their brain is slowly dying a painful death.  Good thing? My facebook feed is filled with regular updates and funny youtube-videos! But let’s get serious for a second. This is my first year without exams and if I’m honest, I kind of miss it… - Never EVER thought I’d say this – but instead of whimpering over the past, I will  give all you hard working students a few motivational songs that helped me ‘through my days’. You want some cute baby animals that are seriously disappointed with the fact that you’re not doing what you’re suppose to?  Click here. Or a musical song for you to dramatically sing along to? Here’s one for you!   Anyway, enjoy. And if it’s over, I strongly advice you to party like crazy – but do it safe!    
19th of March 2012
  AIR & PARADISO PRESENT MILKSHAKE FESTIVALFor boys who love girls who love girls who love boys who love boys….     This year on the 22nd of July, two famous clubs of Amsterdam, Air and Paradiso, are organising the Milkshake Festival in Westerpark Amsterdam. It’s going to be an amazing party for everyone: big, slim, small, tall, gay, hetero, trans, travo, from the darkest black to the brightest white. During the festival there’s going to be a Free Love & Tolerance Policy, free of the shortsightedness of the society that we live in today.   There will be 5 stages, each with its own style, but with a common sense of courtesy, freedom and tolerance. You can expect amazing decorations, performance art and lots of fun!   Top photographer Erwin Olaf is going to have his own Black Pool Party stage at the festival. He is known from the famous picture on the cover of the DAA book and also for his legendary “Fucques les Balles’-parties and his ‘Black Tea Party’ in Paradiso. His parties are know for their extravaganze and freedom. Absurdity and individual appearances are key to his Black Pool Party on Milkshake.   The entree for this spectacular event will cost only 25 euros in pre-sale. The sales have allready started at their website: www.milkshakefestival.nl.  
16th of March 2012
  Tonight is the night we’ll all be partying against AIDS! See you at Red and Blue for a fabulous fashion show by Björn Borg Antwerp and one hell of an afterparty! Doors open at 22 PM, show is at 11.30 PM, see you there!   More info: www.partyagainstaids.com  
27th of February 2012
  Planned Parenthood launched a really fun campaign called “Where Did You Wear It?”. They ask users to scan their QR-coded condoms to create a map of places where safe sex happens. This way the organization helps young people realize safe sex happens (and should be happening) everywhere and hopefully the campaign helps normalizing the use of condoms to make users feel proud to wear protection.   How does it work?   You can “check in” using the GPS on your scanning devices when scanning the condom and submit your locations to the site. The site will use the information to create a map of places where safe sex is happening. Each check-in earns a new spot on a map that you can tweet to your followers or post on your Facebook wall. You can search the map by gender, age, location, type of relationship and other constraints. Don’t be shocked if there are some naughty things going on in your street - at least they will be safe there!   What about privacy?   The creators of the campaign believe that the use of social media will help the young, sexually active generation to feel comfortable promoting safe sex in stead of being embarrassed to publicly talk about it. But of course sex is still a private matter, the organization realises that and takes care of the couples' privacy. The dot that appears on the map when someone enters his or her adress is randomized plus or minus three or four city blocks, so it’s not placed exactly at their house/address.     Let’s hope that the site removes the perceived stigmas about the use of a condom and promotes discussions within relationships about it.    See where other smart, sexy and responsible people are using protection at http://www.wheredidyouwearit.com/  
26th of February 2012
For all you hip hop fans, Lil B made an Aids awareness song! Check it out!
21st of February 2012
On February  8th I traveled to Rotterdam for the launch of the Dutch DAA X EASTPAK Artist Studio 2012 project at the Raw Art Fair. I went to give a speech on what the project was about and the kind of work that Designers against AIDS does. Now here is a short video rendition of the experience involving Cocksicles (ice cream in a truly special shape), Hypnotising Robots, Barbwired Backpacks and Safe Sex... All happening at the launch of DAA X Eastpak artist studio at the Raw Art Fair in Rotterdam...Check it out!!!!   
14th of February 2012
Today I received this very touching letter from a friend/photographer from Brussels and he wanted me to share this with all of you. We hope that it will inspire you to be safe(r) from now on- HIV is closer than you think and until there's a cure... Well, you know the story, or at least you should!   Dear Ninette,I'm J. ,  a 34 year old guy from Brussels. Years ago i worked briefly with you on a photoshoot for DAA with Evisu Jeans for the project Designers Do Denim! I have been following (from a distance to be honest) your work for several years now.  I wanted to tell you this because I think it's important and i feel it's necessary.A couple of months ago I started dating this boy.  About a month after our first date (and several dates later) we discovered he is HIV+. We have been "safe" from the first sexual contact but nevertheless fear overpowered me.  Fear of being infected myself, fear of not being able to cope with the situation, fear of losing him …On the other side this situation has opened up my eyes. It made me realise that a lot of people in my close circle (myself included) don't really have a clue what being infected means and how it impacts your life. HIV has always been something we heard of (and even grew up with) but it never touched anyone close to me!  If you realise that I've been in the Brussels gay scene for over 15 years and you look at the statistics this is very strange/not realistic (or maybe my friends and i are very fortunate).  The fact/fear that a lot of people don't know themselves that they are infected is alarming! It is only now that I truly understand that prevention and education about HIV/AIDS still  are SO DAMN IMPORTANT.  Also making clear that there still is NO CURE for AIDS and that it's not just some chronic disease you live with - and that the best cure is still PREVENTION and AWARENESS. I know this is maybe a little unconventional but I want to help! DAA is an organisation close to my own world as a photographer and that's why I write to you. If you ever need my services, please don't hesitate to contact me so we can work things out.I'm very aware that this letter is a little emotional and 'out of the blue' but for me it is important to send it to you. Even if it is only to tell you that i have a tremendous respect for your achievements and your will to FIGHT and EDUCATE more and more and more!Sincerely,Jx
29th of December 2011
  Last week I went to meet people from the Crimean Republic center for HIV-infected youngsters and children, situated in Pochtovoe, Ukraine. Before going there, I tried to find some information about this Center online, but I found just a few records of them in articles with official statistics or state documents. No pictures, no references, but enough contacts to call and get an appointment. Pochtovoe is a distant village close to the Crimean mountains with bus and railroad connections to the nearest cities Bahchisaray and Simferopol. Looking at the village, I expected the Center also to be destroyed and poor. But I was wrong. Everything looked nice. The Crimean Republic Center for HIV-infected youngsters and children was founded by the Crimean state in September 2008. It is situated on the second floor of a local hospital and can receive up to 50 people younger than 35 at the same time. But normally the largest amount of clients, as they are called by Center staff, is up to 30 people. They are provided with meals and comfortable rooms and staying here is free and voluntary. After finishing the program, people from the Center are trying to keep in contact with former patients and help them with adopting in real every day life.   Tatiana Kokul is the Director of the Center and the diplomas on the wall behind her belong to her. She says it's not about boasting, but to set an example for youngsters who come to her office for a first talk.      Konstantin now is a social worker here. Before, he was one of the first clients of the Center. He started taking drugs at 15 and ended up becoming a homeless person, but he was strong enough to rise up again to be able to lead a normal life. Everybody who stays in the Center as a client/patient has a double diagnosis: HIV positive and injection drugs abuse.  At the moment, some rooms in the Center are empty because of a lack of financing. Almost everywhere, you can see pictures drawn by youngsters, who lived there.   "We want to live" Normally, patients refuse to show their faces and look suspicious at strangers, but you don't have to ask them a lot to understand how different and hard their lives are.  This is the youngest client here, she lives together with her mother in the Center. They are both seropositive and have no other place to go. This sad story is much happier than hundreds of similar ones in Ukraine, as at least, they have a roof above their heads and friends who are trying to help. Many of them are finding help in faith.   This Center does not only need financing, but also volunteers, who can help with this hard work -the Center does not mind to host foreigners. Are you interested to help? For any questions you can always contact me by email: elephant-studio@yandex.ru Or Tatiana Kokul: cvdm@mail.ru
14th of December 2011
The DAA office, along with all our other quirky paraphenalia, will be moving for the holidays to our new Pop Up Shop at Kleine Markt 10 /Kammenstraat in Antwerp, right accross from hotspot Berlin (see google map http://g.co/maps/qguh2) and close to Nationalestraat and the MoMu fashion museum. Thanks to Huis Happaert (www.huishappaert.be) we can use this incredible location for the next 6 weeks!From the 16th of December on, the store will be open from 12 - 6.30 PM every Wednesday to Saturday -and on selected Sundays- until the end of January On offer will be.. Special pieces from our first 4 Fashion Against AIDS collections with H&M (click here for a visual reminder) A selection of pieces from our current 'DAA by JBC' collection The DAA Book, which features images of a lot of our collaborations.. notably Tokio Hotel for all the TK fans out there (shown here) Delvaux Love Pouches designed by Véronique Branquinho Some very special scarves created by well known Belgian fashion designers The by now infamous DAA Festival T-shirt and the 'Wrap It Up Before You Fuck It Up' tee, both for girls and boys and perfect pressies to put under the Xmas tree A 1€ corner with DAA and ILAH condoms.... lots and lots of them (but no lube unfortunately... you'll have to pick that up at a chemist), ILAH posters and DAA pins/badges A rack of designer items from labels such as Current/Elliott, American Vintage, Dries Van Noten and more If you're not interested in snatching up a bargain, please stop by anyway and say hello!
9th of December 2011
A few days ago, a boy named Jonah Mowry, posted a video on YouTube which has already reached a million hits.Jonah's story, told on hand written cards placed infront of the viewer one by one, describes how he has been bullied since 1st grade. He describes the names he's been called, his suicide attempts, how he doesn't like himself and his utter fear in starting 8th grade next month. Jonah's video is a simple attempt at raising awareness about bullying, and in particular, gay bullying because of his sexual orientation.Watch the video here The most impressive aspect to this individual attempt at speaking out, is the immediate and explosive reaction from his empathisers. So far we have found numerous responses to Jonah's outcry. This is a social media phenomenon that is worth getting across and worth contributing to.Here are some of the 'make you want to shed a tear' reactions to Jonah's video on YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd23lcUZJQM&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-huPai1Srk&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttpHgO5bv2E&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFVvBgLjnW8&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s7vrxXHcSg&feature=share http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWog7phsQ90&feature=relatedIf you don't want to create your own video of support you can follow Jonah on twitter https://twitter.com/jonahmowryreal and support him on facebook http://www.facebook.com/Support4JonahMowryThe saddest thing about this one boy's plight is that this is not an issue contained in the school playground. Worldwide we are seeing many governments sticking to homophobic laws that disrespect human rights. Nigeria's senate has just voted in favour of a law criminalising same-sex marriage, St. Petersburg became Russia's second city to prohibit so-called propaganda of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors". If our governments aren't getting it right, it makes you wonder how school children can ever be expected to.  
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