It's an issue that has been rankling some gay men for many years.

Canadian Blood Services prohibits any men who've had sex with other men at any point in the last five years from donating blood.

This is the requirement even if the gay men are monogamous and practise safe sex.

Now, the Young Liberals of Canada want this policy overturned.

"With so many lives at stake, Canada's health policy should be based on evidence—not a discriminatory outlook on sexual orientation," the group's president, Justin Kaiser, said in a news release issued today. "Expecting a particular group of Canadians to be abstinent for five years before allowing them to help save lives is a dangerous, backward, and stigmatizing policy.

An important fundraiser for people with HIV/AIDS takes place on Sunday (September 21).

The 2014 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life begins at 10 a.m. at Sunset Beach.

 It offers a chance for Lower Mainland residents to get a bit crazy and put on their wackiest footwear.

A fashion show at the event will be judged by drag queen Connie Smudge and broadcasters Fiona Forbes and Kate Gajdosik.

The walk helps fund Positive Living B.C.'s complementary health fund. It provides people with HIV with up to $35 per month to cover the cost of supplements and other products and treatments to enhance their lives.

On September 14, I attended the Scotiabank Passions gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as a media guest. For its 11th year, the popular fundraising event featuring over 20 Vancouver restaurants as well as live and silent auctions moved to a new venue: the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street).

This extremely shocking and deeply disturbing precognitive short documentary details the unprecedented and irrevocable damage by the LGBT–rights movement in Ireland.

Imperiled heterosexuals are shown resorting to extreme measures to protect themselves from the insidious and pervasive threats of the Pink Peril.

The video comes at an important juncture, just as the country is considering a referendum on marriage equality for the spring of 2015.

Earlier this year, an impassioned speech about LGBT rights by Irish drag queen Panti Bliss went viral internationally in March, even prompting the Pet Shop Boys to turn it into a club anthem.

Although Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have come under fire for breaking their pledge that they wouldn't get married until all same-sex couples could marry in the U.S., one of Jolie's former lovers is hearing same-sex wedding bells.

Japanese American model and actor Jenny Shimizu, who once had a relationship with Jolie (who costarred with her in the 1996 film Foxfire), is engaged to her partner Michelle Harper.

Jolie is quoted as saying of Shimizu: "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my [first] husband."

Shimizu also lists Madonna as one of her former lovers.

Here's one for the weekend.

Ukraine-based synthpop dance group Kazaky has released their latest throbber entitled "Pulse".

They're back to busting out their distinct dance style topless in their signature stilettos (which has become a thing in gay dance culture), along with fetishwear and police gear.

One member is missing (again), so they're down to a trio in this outing.

Health Initiative for Men, a Vancouver-based organization devoted to the full spectrum of well-being for gay, bisexual, and all men who have sex with men (MSM), has been busy at work so here's a quick rundown of what's new with them.

My Fucking Life

What do you like about your fucking life? Dislike?

HIM decided to ask 70 gay men and MSM about their fucking lives and what they discovered was transformed into a six-part webseries called—rather appropriately—My Fucking Life. Since they're a sex-positive organization (that regards sex as an integral part of a healthy life, rather than shameful), they wanted to avoid any moralizing about sex.

Skiing is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment.

However, sales have opened for Whistler's annual gay and lesbian ski week, with deadlines already looming.

Something important to note is that the festival has a new name.

The annual celebration had been called WinterPRIDE, but a number of other festivals have also taken on that name as well. In order to prevent confusion, it's been renamed as the Whistler Pride and Ski Week Festival.

The 2015 edition, which runs from January 24 to 31, 2015, will be the 23rd year of the annual event.

Health knowledge is one of many areas that have expanded exponentially since the development of the Internet.

Many challenges have resulted from that growth, including critically assessing content and keeping up with the pace of information that's out there.

The next Gay Men's Health Summit will explore what issues are involved in this technology-based phenomenon, and how that might affect everyone from health professionals to gay men, in a variety of issues such as well-being or the HIV epidemic.

The Community-Based Research Centre will hold its next Gay Men's Health Summit, with theme "The New Literacy of Gay Men's Health", on October 30 and 31 at SFU Harbour Centre.

Tonight, the Rio Theatre will give Vancouverites an opportunity to see Robin Williams on the big screen.

At 6:30 p.m., the East Vancouver movie house will screen The Birdcage, in which Williams plays a gay cabaret owner in South Miami Beach opposite his drag queen lover (Nathan Lane).

That will be followed at 9 p.m. by The Fisher King. Williams stars as a delusional homeless man alongside Jeff Bridges, who plays a despondent former radio shock jock.

In an interview with the Straight's Dan McLeod after the release of The Fisher King in 1991, Williams said his character was on a quixotic quest for the Holy Grail in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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