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Cherrie Me & HIV : the uplifting story of Matthew Cavan, Drag Queen & Activist

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When actor Matthew Cavan was diagnosed with HIV+ 10 years ago he felt totally isolated. He lives in Northern Ireland, a conservative and religious province of the UK which was way behind in its acceptance of the LGBTQ community let alone those with HIV.

Supported by his close family + friends Cavan created Cherrie On Top as his drag queen alter ego to give him confidence and made two documentaries on his life’s journey filled with such positivity and now he talks with QUEERGURU about the joy of being regarded as role mole for the community
#NickyLarkin BBC Northern Ireland



Cherrie: Me and HIV: an activist’s heartwarming journey

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  We first became aware of Northern Ireland actor Matthew Cavan whose alter-ego Cherrie OnTop when BECOMING  CHERRIE a documentary on his life caused a sensation at the Iris Prize Festival .  As well as being a very charismatic performer, Cavan who was diagnosed HIV+  10 years ago,   is also an  outspoken activist determined to … Continue reading



For black gay men in US the chances of contracting HIV are 1 in 2

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The leading UK newspaper The Guardian has made a mini-documentary about what they call the hidden HIV epidemic in America.  Reporter Leah Green went to Atlanta which has a very large black gay community and discovered that if you are a gay, black man in America today, your chances of contracting HIV are 1 in 2.  That is in sharp contrast … Continue reading



HIV is: Just a part of me

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HIV is: Just a part of me is a revealing campaign produced by Truvada maker Gilead Sciences and planned in coordination with several European HIV organizations including ARDHIS in France, BASELINE in the UK, and Plus Onlus in Italy. The campaign aims to improve understanding amongst gay and bisexual HIV positive men of eight potentially … Continue reading



The extraordinary How To Make A Pearl

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Landing in the queerguru office this morning was a new extraordinary short film from the documentaries division of The Guardian Newspaper in London. We intended to take a quick glimpse and come back and watch it later, but it was one of those remarkable stories that begged for our immediate attention, and so we viewed it … Continue reading



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