MEMO TO THE POPE

MEMO TO THE POPE

Posted on Xtra.ca on July 13, 2000 [On the occasion of an Italian gay pride parade being held in Rome, near the Vatican, in the midst of the Catholic Church “Jubilee” celebrations….] By Daniel Gawthrop Somewhere this very minute, in the bedrooms and bathrooms of teenaged Catholics all over the world, a young lesbian or gay boy is reaching for the razor blades. They’re thinking suicide, or perhaps they’ve already gone through with it, because ...
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Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

Published in Canadian Forum (Vol. LXXXVII, No. 874), December 1998, pp. 20 - 26 John Lewis was destroyed by an over-zealous police investigation and hair-trigger journalism. By Daniel Gawthrop No one who showed up at the Dr. Peter Centre on June 8, 1998, took much notice of the frail, grey-haired man in the blue polo shirt standing in the hallway at the edge of the crowd. Instead, all eyes were focused on CBC personality Bill ...
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Fab Four's Founding Fag

Fab Four’s Founding Fag

Published in Xtra! West on August 21, 1997 By Daniel Gawthrop He was a brilliant over-achiever whose creative vision and marketing savvy turned a Liverpool guitar band into the world’s biggest pop cultural phenomenon of the 1960s. He was a conflicted homosexual who never found a long-term lover and whose autobiography, A Cellarful of Noise, was once cheekily referred to by John Lennon as A Cellarful of Boys. He was a relentless control queen and ...
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Slumming in the Promised Land

Slumming in the Promised Land

Published in Xtra! West on November 28, 1996 By Daniel Gawthrop About an hour into the Promise Keepers rally, I’m sitting across the aisle from a cherubic, 16-year-old blond from Abbotsford when prayer leader Brian Warren invites all the teenaged boys to rise from their seats. Warren—whose righteous, Afro-American baritone recalls the Bible-and-gun-toting Samuel Jackson character from Pulp Fiction—wants every boy to remember this moment for the rest of his life. So he urges the ...
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Whose Death Was It Anyway?

Whose Death Was It Anyway?

WESTERN LIVING   November, 1993 [Winner of the 1994 Western Magazine Award for Best Personality Profile] People Whose Death Was It Anyway? One year later, that’s the question still being asked about Dr. Peter. By making
his private struggle with AIDS so very public, he left himself wide open. Open to new experiences, old prejudices and controversies that have yet to be put to rest. By Daniel Gawthrop                       Illustration by Anita Kuntz ON NOVEMBER 24, 1992, ...
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Pavelmania: Loving the Russian Rocket

Pavelmania: Loving the Russian Rocket

Three articles about Vancouver Canuck Pavel Bure drew commentary from Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada, the Globe and Mail, the Village Voice, and LA Weekly. The first three articles that follow are by Daniel Gawthrop. The final three are the responses. ======================================================================================================================= Sex Sells, like a Rocket Published in the Vancouver Sun on March 28, 1992 Saturday Review
MIXED MEDIA 
By DANIEL GAWTHROP In the macho environment of pro sport, ice hockey is ...
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