Welcome to the Party: Northstar’s Wedding and the Revealing of the Rainbow Lantern

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the union of this superhero, and this completely normal guy, and the ensuing media storm that followed. Right now? It’s good to be gay – that is, if you’re a superhero. Marvel’s Northstar tied the knot with his civilian boyfriend last week, and this week DC announced that as part of their New 52 reboot, the original human holder of the Green Lantern ring has been retconned queer. Which is awesome! He’s a powerful business man and … [Read more...]

Gay Pride and Prejudice

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If you’ve gone into a big city in the last week or so, you may have noticed a lot of color out there, and a lot of men wearing a lot less than they might normally be wearing. You may have noticed a parade or two, and I’m almost sure you’ll have seen a rainbow flag or two. That would be because it’s June, which has become gay pride month. I love gay pride, largely because I’m gay. I enjoy the over-the-top kookiness and glitz of the events, and I love living in a big city where it gets … [Read more...]

It’s Complicated: When Facebook Status Can’t Describe You, Part 1

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I don’t tend to rail against the injustices of the world. Straight privilege (male privilege, cis privilege, or privilege in general) and all that other stuff we gays get up in arms about. But there is one thing that straight couples have going for them that I have mentioned before – there is precedent. People know what boyfriend and girlfriend entails, and friends-with-benefits, engaged, and married. Of course each situation varies according to the individuals involved, but there is … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Never Wins: Bisexuality and Reality TV

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a (straight) man in possession of a libido must be in want of hot chicks making out. MTV quickly filled this void with their series of “bisexual dating shows,” A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, A Second Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, and finally,  A Double Shot at Love with the Ikki Twins. So let’s talk about bisexuality! Specifically, let’s talk about the Ikki Twins, mainly because I just finished watching it and partly because thinking about Dani … [Read more...]

Dick, Dyke, or Queen: Your Field Guide

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Taking my cue from my blogging idol, Dan Savage, I confess to you, my readers, that this column is written under the influence of a beautiful wheat beer consumed while sitting at the open window of the Rainbow Village Cafe in the heart of queer Toronto. That is the setting for this exciting edition of what I would like to call Dick, Dyke, or Queen: Your Field Guide to the Queer and Fabulous. The Field Guide (if you will) is not just about identifying specifies of wild queers, but identifying … [Read more...]