Positive Lives controversy
Outcast magazine told the story of how David Bridle and Kelvin Sollis set up charity Positive Lives "to educate and support gay men living with HIV". Their stated aims were to run a helpline, produce information videos, provide housing and promote safer sex. In reality, Outcast claimed the charity had "done no charitable work whatsoever" and alleged that all the money raised by the charity had "mysteriously disappeared".
Bridle and Sollis threatened to sue the magazine, its printer, its website host and others. Libel expert David Price acted for Outcast pro bono and successfully defended the magazine from all claims.
The Charity Commission investigated the allegations made in the article and concluded:
- The Commission found little evidence that any charitable activity had ever been undertaken by Positive Lives.
- The accounts produced for Positive Lives did not show a true and fair view of the charity’s activities.
- The charity’s accounts suggest that The Pink Paper donated £55,300 to the charity but the reality is that little or no money changed hands.
- The Commission found that the trustees of Positive Lives failed in even the most basic duties that would be expected of them.
Positive Lives was shut down by the Commission. Bridle and Sollis sold The Pink Paper shortly after.