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June 15, 2006 9:33 AM

Relishing the sin of Pride

written in June 2003 Some are jubilant about Pride Day. Sharing in the breath-taking knowledge that we are all connected, partners in crime and in celebration. Others are whiners, always wanting to see the bad side of everything. The latest complaint,

March 14, 2006 11:06 AM

Lies and the lying liars who tell them

August 2004 Our gay and lesbian culture still accepts that secrecy and deception are good things. We deny it by holding huge celebrations and parades in the streets, and we go on and on about the importance of pride. But deep down, we're fine

December 8, 2005 2:57 PM

The Montreal culture klash

March 2002 I’m just not prepared for all those bouncy Montrealers who keep kissing me. I’ve spent the last 10 years in Toronto, and darn it, I’m stiff and proud of it. Now I’m part of the reverse migration -- I took the 401 back home. But what is

December 6, 2005 10:51 AM

Stop fighting the ban on gay blood donations

January 2004 If it were not for lesbians, there would be no blood available for transfusion anywhere in North America to prune-veined accident victims and hemophiliacs who've sprung a leak. Having filled out the questionnaire for potential donors,

September 8, 2005 9:53 AM

The Murder of That Pesky Roger Akroyd

January 2003 Pierre Bayard takes mindless fun so seriously he once wrote an entire book trashing Hercule Poirot's solution to a murder mystery. The great fictional detective was delusional, Bayard wrote in his mo' modern "Who Killed Roger Akroyd?",

September 7, 2005 12:19 PM

On Banning Hate Speech

June 2004 This column is for all those people who say: "I believe in freedom of speech, but...." It's a mantra in the gay and lesbian community. We believe in freedom of speech, but... not in outpourings of outrageous hatred. Hatred must be banned.

July 14, 2005 10:26 AM

The bearded lady

December 2004 While searching for a book in the local library, I bumped into a trans woman with five o'clock shadow. She clearly didn't give a damn: no makeup, no apologies. I can cope with my hairy legs, even make fun of my hobbit toes. I don't

July 12, 2005 2:12 PM

Marriage is more important than sex

February 2003 Canada's most famous, courageous and smart out politician is such a jerk. Oooo Svend Robinson makes me angry. Valentine's Day is a day for lovers, and gay men and lesbians have always made the point that it excludes same-sex relationships.

July 12, 2005 2:11 PM

Listener's guide to Canadian queer radio

Last updated July 12, 2005Community radio is about pleasing the audience, not pleasing big-buck advertisers. Here's a list of queer radio shows for your listening pleasure -- and most are streamed live on the Internet, so you can tune in even if they're

June 21, 2005 12:52 PM

A Canadian queer media contact list

last updated June 30, 2005Want to pitch your story to the GLBT media? Have an event that the community needs to know about? Pining to reconnect with the neighbourgood in which you used to live? I've collected a contact list of queer Canadian media, print

June 6, 2005 11:31 AM

I Don't Mind Being Tolerated

Many gay men and lesbians find the idea of tolerance offensive. They want more than tolerance and they want more than support; they want gay and lesbian sexuality to be championed from the rooftops. Imagine how the sincere religious person, still coping

May 19, 2005 11:45 AM

"Pansy" is a compliment

December 2002 Canada’s national gay and lesbian lobby group sent out a homophobic press release this month. After my initial shock and repulsion, I was reminded that Egale needs to work out exactly what it is, and we its queer constituency need

May 12, 2005 11:11 AM

Paint the Town Pink

March 2004 The snow is melting away like the wicked witch after she was doused with a bucket of water. And just in time for the spiritual renewal symbolized by spring, I've read the first issue of a new magazine called Spacing, which praises the importance

April 29, 2005 10:07 AM

Ex Prime Minister Jean Chretien's gay legacy -- not

November 2003 I'm embarrassed when speaking to Americans. They think Canada is the bee's knees, a homo heaven. Heck, lesbians and gay men around the world will watch Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien shuffle off to retirement in December and remember

April 15, 2005 10:36 AM

You Will Live Through My Agony, Damn It

November 2003 Winnie the Pooh is a great big 'mo. Why not? Every other kiddie character is. It's all clearly part of our get-em-while they're young agenda. Indoctrinate from the age of two. Harry Potter is queer, pundit Michael Bronski

April 9, 2005 10:20 AM

My Name is Eleanor B., and I Am Monogamous

Few things are as distasteful as the sight of a homosexual crowing from the rooftops that she or he is monogamous. It is, in short, a betrayal of the gay and lesbian community to brag about monogamy. Even if you are monogamous. There's nothing intrinsically

March 28, 2005 2:17 PM

An Ode To Granny Panties

June 2003 I have chucked my cotton granny panties and pulled on proper bulldagger boxers. I've been fighting it for years, but our oh-so-diverse community has no room for someone like me. I have finally given in to lesbian cultural orthodoxy. Those

March 19, 2005 9:16 AM

The Revolutionary Act of Ex Gays

October 2003 As I followed the media reports of the so-called "ex gay" religious gathering in Toronto last month, I realized that they -- the ex gay enemy -- sound a lot like "real" gays when they talk about how unhappy they are with the culture of

March 12, 2005 9:19 AM

Why No One's Watching Gay TV

December 2002 To hear the thick-headed major-domos at PrideVision tell it, I’m a horrible lesbian unless I send them my cold hard cash. The latest plea from Canada’s 24-hour gay and lesbian TV channel is such a turn-off I’ve resolved to never send

March 9, 2005 6:38 PM

Why the Trashy Novel is So Essential to Life

February 2005 There are so many darned crappy queer books out there. But I don't care: I love my trash. Dallas Denny, editor in chief of the quarterly glossy Transgender Tapestry Journal, once dismissed a vast swath of the writing she gets in

March 4, 2005 12:51 PM

Martha Stewart, my hotsie totsie dream girl

July 2004 I don't understand why so few lesbians want a naked Martha Stewart in their beds, complaining about the low thread count in their cheap sheets. The gay men are gaga, the straight men and women have written up their naughty confessions

February 28, 2005 8:01 AM

Where are all the butches?

February 2005 TV talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres isn't much of a butch. Yet I would never call her a traitor to her people. Filmmaker Spike Lee made "Bamboozled" in 2000, a fascinating and complex movie that included a look at the shuckin'

February 21, 2005 7:36 AM

The Lesbian and the Hooker

October 2003 Why am I so often mistaken for a prostitute? A drunken male pedestrian two-stepping home after a night out once tried to hire me for an hour. He jingled the change in his front pocket as he responded to my simple no: "Oh... rats."

February 21, 2005 7:35 AM

The Dykes Are Fake, eh

January 2005 January was Fake Lesbian Month. The new in thing is to pretend to be a lesbian -- or to at least be coy about it. On the red carpet for the Golden Globe film and television awards, Entertainment Tonight eye candy Jann Carl propositioned