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

A Queer Love Story celebrates Jane Rule and Rick Bébout’s platonic intimacy

Review by Daniel Gawthrop published in the Georgia Straight July 26, 2017 A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout Edited by Marilyn R. Schuster. UBC, 650 pp, hardcover On October 24, 1994, an arthritic and wheelchair-bound Jane Rule made her long-awaited appearance in B.C. Supreme Court as an expert witness in Little Sister’s bookstore’s epic legal battle with Canada Customs. Rule’s testimony was big news: here was a seldom-seen icon…

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Query Project: The Writer’s Room

Published in Plenitude - Your Queer Literary Magazine Feb 23, 2015 Daniel Gawthrop (New Westminster) Commenting on a favourite gay novel: “Reading Alan Hollinghurst is a guilty pleasure on par with eating foie gras: you know you probably shouldn’t—the very idea seems decadent and passé, redolent of neocolonial tastes—but oh, how the finer notes linger on the palate. “Hollinghurst’s class-conscious novels, which typically explore some aspect of failed nostalgia for the British Empire, offer delicious…

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Defying the Politics of Hate

    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, and continue to cling to old ways of thinking. Get the geriatrics out of the way, it is said, and…

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Not so fast, Your Holiness

Not so fast, Your Holiness
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis. Vatican’s Pope Benedict XVI, citing old age, resigned in 2013 at age 85 to Pope Francis, becoming the first pontiff to abdicate in 600 years. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

  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 he is stepping down as pope on February 28 certainly qualifies as a humdinger. Even his Vatican aides were…

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HIV care transformed by Dr. Peter’s Legacy

                          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 a foundation created in his name be…

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