Don’t Say Gay

In response to the ridiculousness that is the Florida attitude to homosexuality and their bogus claims that the LGBTQ community is “recruiting” or “grooming” straight kids…

One tweet.

From the man who will forever be Mr. Sulu to me,

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George Takei.

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Phantom of the Opera

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The first time I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Of course, I didn’t see much. From my seat buried in the back section of the orchestra, the falling chandelier was barely visible.

The Phantom music was everywhere in 1989, or it certainly seemed that way. Despite any real effort on my part, I became familiar with the songs and contrary to the old adage, familiarity did not breed contempt.

The next time I saw the Phantom—and every time since—I was entranced.

How do you improve on a classic?

What if the Phantom doesn’t end with Erik fleeing through underground tunnels? What if Christine were Christian?

Questions Joel Abernathy asks and answers with his book, “Masquerade: An MM Phantom of the Opera retelling.

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I’m not usually a fan of ‘retelling’ versions of beloved stories, but Joel handles the transition well, keeping the original flavour while adding a touch of spice. His Christian, while as young and sheltered as Andrew’s Christine, is more than a myopic, sentimental wuss.

With his sequel to the Phantom, “Love Never Dies,”

Andrew wrote Erik a happy ending of sorts, giving him a son, but having Christine die in his arms. Joel skips the heart-wrenching and goes straight to the happy ending which is fine with me.

Now, when I hear Andrew’s “Think of me

I think of Joel’s “Masquerade.”

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Safe

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Now that Canada has banned conversion therapy, we’re safe, right?

No more zealots claiming to “help.”

Sorry.

Thanks to Covid-19 and its many restrictions, online therapy has become an accepted forum. A helpful tool for many, but who are you talking to you?

A psychologist, psychiatrist? Someone with any kind of degree in counselling, or are sitting across from your laptop talking to a so-called life coach?

With no blanket ban on conversion therapy in the United States, American life coaches like Rich Wyler, are offering conversion therapy to Canadians.

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Virtual conversion therapy is a potential grey area and a problem for the two-month-old Canadian law.

“It is challenging to hold someone liable for these kinds of criminal offences when they’re operating from outside the country using online mechanisms.” (Wayne Mackay, professor emeritus, Schulich School of Law)

As with all things online—

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Conversion Therapy

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Just in time for the holiday season, a gift for all…

Conversion Therapy is Banned.

This past week, an unexpected motion by Conservative MP Rob Moore had the House of Commons erupting into cheers and hugs. The motion to fast-track the Liberal government bill banning conversion therapy, to skip the routine debate and vote, was adopted—unanimously.

Handshakes all around as the Prime Minister crosses the floor to thank the opposition for its support.

With not one squeak of protest, the bill is on its way to approval by the Senate. As Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, Melissa Lantsman says in her tweet…

And some days are a long time coming!

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Superman: Son of Kal-El

Jon Kent’s a lot like his father, the original man of steel, Clark Kent. Same dark hair, rock-hard jaw, and penchant for saving the world.

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Jon’s got the speed, the strength, the x-ray vision, and the girl.

Uh, no. Not the girl.

Jon’s got a guy. Or, he will have…

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In the upcoming, November 9th issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El, Jon starts a romantic relationship with reporter, Jay Nakamura.

If you’re wondering where Jon falls on the queer spectrum, the DC comic-book superhero has been tagged with the bisexual label.

Jim Lee, DC’s chief creative officer and publisher, says, “We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story.” I’m sure he is, but I’m guessing he knows how well the Japanese Yaoi comic books sell.

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#National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Like Phyllis Webstad of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, I had just turned six when I started school. I assume I was excited, probably a little nervous, but I don’t remember. Phyllis does.

She remembers showing up at her school, excited to be there, proud to be wearing the new orange shirt her grandmother had bought her. She remembers standing there with her classmates, all of them scared and crying as their clothes were stripped off them. She remembers never seeing her treasured orange shirt again.

In 2013, Phyllis’s experience inspired the inception of Orange Shirt Day. A day to recognize and raise awareness of the horrific history and legacy of the Residential School System.

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This past Thursday, on September 30, Canada marked the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. A day to remember the children lost, the families shattered. To reflect on the injustice that exists to this day. To find a way forward—together.

A way that includes sending people like Blake Desjarlais to Ottawa. Blake is Metís, speaks fluent Cree, and is the first two-spirit member of parliament.

A way that appreciates the talent of actors like Kiawenti:io Tarbell. An up-and-coming star at only 15, Kiawenti:io is Mohawk from the Akwesasne community in Ontario.

A way that applauds the magic in the voices of singers like Mary Nahwegahbow. An athlete and musician, Mary hails from the Whitefish River Nation 500 kilometres North of Toronto.

A way through the heartbreak of the past into a brighter future.

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Shouting Out

I have a long-distance relationship with sports. Six degrees of separation doesn’t cover it. Try ten.

No surprise then, that I had no idea who any of these guys are…

I only know now because this has been the summer of the great reveal.

Carl Nassib, Las Vegas Raiders, kicked off the trend in June. Followed by Luke Prokop, Nashville Predators, in July. Joined by Bryan Ruby, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, on September 2.

Football, hockey, baseball, the trifecta of sports. All we need now is basketball to make it a grand slam.

News flash: Gay men aren’t a homogeneous stereotype. They’re individuals. You know, like everyone else.

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#Olympic Misogyny

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I had no idea.

To be fair, I don’t watch sports. I didn’t know, or care, what athletes wore on the Olympic stage—until now.

Until I found out that athletes don’t have any choice in what they wear. That the rules governing female competition uniforms have little to do with the sport in question and a lot to do with boosting ratings.

Notice anything about the above picture?

Yeah.

I remember a time when women burnt their bras and eschewed make-up. When my friends and I braved frostbite in miniskirts one day and swept the floor in maxi-dresses the next. When women marched for the right to choose—everything.

How is it possible that fifty years later we’re still fighting the same fight?

Shout out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team

and the German gymnastics team

For saying ENOUGH. FOCUS ON THE SPORT, NOT MY ASS.

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#Cariño

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Summertime:

Beaches and bathing suits, shorts and sandals, ice cream and—young love.

Love doesn’t get much younger than that first crush. The one that had you reeling from a smile, hugging your pillow and wishing…

If, like me, you can barely remember that roller coaster ride of feelings, Cariño is here to remind us.

Created by Carlos Taborda, Ashley Williams, and Roshel Amuru as a thesis project, Cariño is an animated, short film about a boy with a crush.

Enjoy.

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Pride 2021

Even with the parades on hold again this year, there is still Pride.

Even with injustice and prejudice still more common than we would like, June is a time to celebrate achievements accomplished and gains made.

The TCDSB, the largest publicly-funded Catholic school district in the world, voted to proclaim Pride Month every June starting this year, 2021. The rainbow flag flying at all 196 schools.

Featured on the July cover of Elle Canada, Priyanka will be the first drag queen to have a standalone cover in any of the magazine’s 45 editions around the world.

Hopefully, with toys like Lego’s Everyone Is Awesome…

And books like Daniel Haach’s Prince & Knight...

this generation of youngsters will learn to embrace the world in all its colours.

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