Published Articles

A selection of Daniel’s published essays, features and reviews over the years.

Saw Hla Pru and Maung Tin

    Octogenarians from opposite ends of Myanmar’s religious divide offer a progressive example with their friendship SPECIAL TO THE NATION – May 9, 2014 YANGON—In Myanmar these days, it is often said that the only obstacle to genuine democracy is the older generation: those who remember the 1962 coup, served under the military dictatorship, […]

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Pope Benedict XVI wants out. Who will hold him accountable for his sins against humanity? By Daniel Gawthrop Posted in The Tyee on February 11, 2013 For all his predictability as a cleric and thinker, Joseph Ratzinger—the man everyone knows as Pope Benedict XVI—has always retained a capacity to surprise. And this morning’s announcement that […]

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’Twenty years after Peter Jepson-Young’s death, the centre that bears his name is synonymous with inclusive, cutting-edge programs. By Daniel Gawthrop Published in the Georgia Straight on November 15, 2012 When Peter Jepson-Young died of AIDS on November 15, 1992, the man better known to British Columbians as “Dr. Peter” had one last wish: that […]

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Daniel Gawthrop: Gays and Hockey, Breaking the Ice at Last COMMENT: Having had a front row seat to NHL homophobia, I’ll cheer Canuck Manny Malhotra’s appearance in Sunday’s Pride parade. By Daniel Gawthrop Posted on thetyee.ca, August 4, 2012 Tomorrow afternoon, as he waves to the Denman Street crowds from one of North America’s largest […]

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Why I Listen to the Pope

February 24, 2012

Posted on thetyee.ca, February 19, 2012 I’m a gay lapsed Catholic who’s moved on. Yet I allow Benedict XVI to bedevil me. Here’s why. By Daniel Gawthrop On January 9, Pope Benedict XVI made fresh headlines by declaring that gay marriage undermines “the future of humanity itself.” This statement went further than his earlier pronouncements […]

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Dr. Peter, and the Hard Work of Legacy Building

Posted on thetyee.ca, September 27, 2010 Heroes are complicated and none is perfect. Case in point: the famed AIDS Diary doctor. By Daniel Gawthrop This month marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable event in local television news broadcasting: the debut on CBC’s Evening News of AIDS Diary, a five-part miniseries — later a weekly […]

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Books: Then We Take Berlin by Stan Persky

Books: Then We Take Berlin by Stan Persky SUGGESTIVE READING / Postmodern genre-bender still sizzles Posted on xtra.ca, April 15, 2010 In each issue, a prominent literary Canadian recommends a queer-authored book. In this installment, non-fiction writer Daniel Gawthrop recommends Stan Persky’s Then We Take Berlin: Stories from the Other Side of Europe (Knopf Canada, […]

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Burma’s generals go scot-free

COMMENT: Burma’s generals go scot-free Nonintervention lets the world’s worst dictatorship terrorize with impunity. By Daniel Gawthrop Published in the Georgia Straight on October 4, 2007 As September drew to a close, the world watched with increasing revulsion as protests led by Buddhist monks against the brutal dictatorship of Burma were violently crushed by the […]

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Death of a Liberal Delusion

Review of Ian Burma’s Murder in Amsterdam, posted on thetyee.ca on November 2, 2006 Provocateur Theo van Gogh’s murder wasn’t the only ugly end in Amsterdam. By Daniel Gawthrop On November 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was riding his bicycle to work on a cold and dreary autumn morning in Amsterdam when a […]

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Flash and Burn Outlaws

Published in the Fall 2006 edition of the quarterly Vancouver Review, and posted on thetyee.ca on October 19, 2006 WRITERS FEST: South Asian gangster life the stuff of two new novels, one set in B.C. By Daniel Gawthrop What is it about British publishers and their obsession with street lingo? The hype surrounding Londonstani, a […]

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