Enda McGrattan & Robbie Lawlor

HIV activists and Poz Vibe Podcast hosts; Enda (aka Veda Lady) & Robbie, LGBT Campaigners

why book enda and robbie?

  • Renowned activists, creators of the groundbreaking Poz Vibe podcast, dedicated to eradicating HIV stigma and fostering a shame-free world
  • Robbie, a Ph.D. scholar, European AIDS Treatment Group member, and co-founder of Access Medicine Ireland
  • Enda, aka Veda Lady, an iconic queer performer, HIV activist, and comedienne with a passion for breaking barriers and creating positive change

Biography

Robbie & Enda are world renowned activists and the creators of the revolutionary new podcast Poz Vibe, a podcast for people living with HIV, their friends, family and allies.

Their mission is to destroy stigma and to create a shame free world for everyone living with HIV.

Robbie is a Ph.D scholar, member of European AIDS Treatment Group and cofounder of Access Medicine Ireland. Enda (aka Veda Lady) is an iconic queer performer, HIV activist and comedienne.

They  collaborated with Invisible Thread Films, directors Shaun Dunne & Anna Rogers, to create the revolutionary documentary movie ‘How To Tell A Secret’, which screened in festivals around the world, winning best documentary at Irish Film London 2022 .

Both have years of experience with public speaking and hosting events, talking passionately about how to bring your full self to work and nurture a happy work life where you can share your authentic self , your unique insights, experiences and talents. They also speak about how to be a great ally to someone living with HIV or any member of the LGBTQI+ community when they come out to you.

They also talk about sexual health, the importance of testing and inequitable access to vaccines and treatments around the world. Their open book approach to public speaking invites an accessible and playful conversation with the audience.

Poz Vibe Podcast are currently collaborating with The HSE on a national U = U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign. This campaign is the first government campaign that features someone openly living with HIV.

They have also been invited by Sydney Queer Irish and The Irish Consult in Australia to attend World Pride 2023 to screen their film and record their podcast.

Their tireless work at destroying stigma and their message of shame free living has connected them to so many people, networks and organisations all across the globe.

There is still so much work to do in creating a level playing field for everyone living with HIV around the world and all of the these presentations and conversations play a small part in our global movement.

Topics

  • They speak passionately about how to bring your full self to work and nurture a happy work life where you can share your authentic self your unique insights, experiences and talents.
  • They talk about how to be a great ally to someone living with HIV, or any member of the LGBTQI community, when they come out to you.
  • They also talk about sexual health, the importance of testing and about access to vaccines and medication both here and globally.
  • All questions are very welcome, and a playful conversation with the audience is very much a part of what they do so well.

Masterclasses

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

Ireland, Sex and Text

In this masterclass, Enda and Robbie examine the differences between government and grassroots HIV campaigning. This is an interactive session that celebrates audience participation and encourages critical thinking on what makes an effective HIV campaign.

The audience leaves with a deeper understanding of the power of grassroots activism and how culture can influence campaigns. Highlighting the differences between HIV campaigns from the 80’s to today, it brings the audience on HIV’s evolutionary journey from a death sentence to a perfectly manageable chronic health condition. Medically we are fine, yet we still have a long way to go to address the stigma.

This masterclass uses a hybrid approach to educate the audience including a STI quiz, storytelling, video and poster presentation and Q&A with lots of laughs along the way.

Resources

Podcasts

testimonials

“Love the idea that in the near future people won’t have to come out and worry about the potential consequences, all because we have open conversations like these.
“Both of you are incredible inspirations to the LGBTQI+ community and allies.”
“Powerful amazing stories, thank you so much for sharing”
“Loving this conversation, so vulnerable and so important”

Vodafone

“It was a great event – more of them please! It was very enlightening. Excellent!”
“I came away feeling way more informed about it and started interesting conversations for me outside of work as I found it really beneficial.”
“I found it really interesting. It’s great to hear from ‘other’ voices and gain a fresh perspective on human behaviour and learn about other peoples’ life experiences. It was refreshing for a company to organise the talk.”

Publicis Agency

“Thought it was brilliant, very interesting and educational!”
“Top class – really enjoyed and learned a lot.”
“I thought it was excellent. Very interesting and the two guys were great speakers.”
“Brilliant event, great insight and hugely entertaining.”
“Loved it, it was so informative as I knew nothing about HIV.”
“It was really interesting and engaging and not as I expected. Was moving to hear such personal experience and stories from the two guests.”
“I attended online. It was fantastic! Very informative in an engaging way.”
“Fantastic event. Great vibe and nice to just be able to sit and listen to different stories and perspectives.”

OMG Agency