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February 22nd, 2005 Location: Norm
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NATIONS: Reform or Collapse -
Chances and Dangers of UN Reform 60
Years After the Foundation of die World
Organization A lecture by Andreas
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Unpacking the
loaded acronym
by Chris Walsh
Originally, the acronym used to define members within the queer
community has been understood as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgendered). More recently, the acronym has evolved to
include a broader spectrum of persons whom identify with the
queer community. Consider this your guided tour or a simple
refresher of the ever-evolving acronym of LGBQTTI!
A woman, or a person whom identifies as a female, who is
romantically and sexually attracted to and involved with other
A man, or a person whom identifies as male, who is romantically
and sexually attracted to or involved with other men. This term is
also used as an umbrella term for persons who have same-sex
romantic and sexual relations.
A person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to both men
and woman/persons of all genders. Bisexual persons may also not
be equally attracted to persons of both/all genders.
Once used as a derogatory term for homosexuals, the term has now
been reclaimed by many activists to be a positive and all inclusive
term for LGBTTI persons. This term is also used as a self-identifying label for persons who experience their sexuality as more fluid
than the individual LGBQTTI labels imply.
Transgendered or Trans-Identified
A person who identifies with a gender identity other than the one
that was ascribed to the biological sex of their birth. Also an umbrella term for transsexual, transgender, cross-dressing and inter-sexed
people. A transsexual person usually undergoes gender transition;
with or without surgical or hormonal intervention.
Another term that-is being reclaimed by activists and people
who identify with this label. Two-Spirited refers to an aboriginal
term used by some First nations persons who have same-
sex/queer attractions. Traditionally, two-spirited people were considered to be visionaries and healers who possess both the male
and female spirits.
A person who is born with the physical and/or chromosomal features of both the male and female sexes. Inter-sexed persons are
usually subject to surgical intervention at birth (with or without
parental consent).
Many thanks to the Positive Space Program and the department
of Access and Diversity for the resources and support! Q
The Engineer's E always seems to have a new look. Adorned
with the Pride rainbow flag, the infamous E became another
way to celebrate Outweek in 2004. brett taylor photo a ubyssey special issue
Friday, February 4, 2005
Leah Howe
Tyler Hopson
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of
British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
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Fernie Pereira
Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
Liz Green couldn't remember the incident Carrie Robinson
looked at Trevor Gilks and smiled. An thing is possible withjenn
Cameron and Colleen Tang. It was hilarious to watch as Claudia
Li spoke with the alleged liar. The satire continued in utter dismal! as Jon Woodward laughed at the station's state. The place
was in an uproar when Paul Evans and Alex Leslie began to
protest Melissa Woodside and Alex Leslie contributed to the
refusal as well. Eric Szeto. Sarah. Michelle and Dan all realised
what was forthcoming. The state of affaire was predetermined
by Ania Mafi and Nic Fensom. 'fyler Hopson was keyed up to
help Leah Howe and Auntie Dave Anderson. Luckily, for Derek
Gidick and Cam Lavender Sarah a presage from P. Comeau was
prepared. Momoko Price and Brett taylor anticipated the end of
the saga. Jerome Yau, Michael Harris , combined with Chris
Walsh. Karen Ward and Michael Kwag all could not believe the
existence of the weird and wonderful mortal before their flabbergasted eyes. Kalev Hunt staggered to the exit as kiwi none-
ga led the way. The hip-hop"continued to the pleasure of Andrea
Michelle Mayne
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by Leah Dowe
In 1980, the members of Gays and Lesbians of UBC (an early
incarnation of Pride) started Outweek, to gain visibility of gay
issues. Since then eveiy second week of February has traditionally been Outweek.
Now, 25 years later, we are celebrating it again, but do we
really have to now?
The world was much different in 1980 then it is now. The
Cold War was still on, AIDS had yet to be identified, there were
no domestic partnerships or civil unions and sexual orientation
was not protected under any hate crime laws or in the Canadian
Human Rights Act.
it was a hard world to live in indeed, which is why events like
Outweek began. But it's 2005 now, and although the world isn't
entirely gay-friendly, Canada has made progress in combatting
homophobia and heterosexism.
In 1996, the federal government passed Bill C-33, which
added 'sexual orientation* to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
In 1999, the Supreme.Court of Canada ruled that same-sex
partners should have the same benefits and obligations as opposite-sex common-law couples.
The biggest boost to gay rights has to be from 2003, when the
Ontario Court of Appeal ruled banning same-sex couples from
marrying violated the Charter. After this ruling the provinces of
British Columbia, Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and
Nova Scotia ruled the same thing.
As of now, Parliament is planning a vote to legalise it nationwide.
I'm not stupid, I know homophobia still occurs but it is not as
visible or as tolerated as it once was.
Pride UBC does not lurk in the shadows as it once did.
Although acknowledgment from the university administration is
slow in coming (but now somewhat evident), the AMS supports
us, we regularly hold functions that are well attended and we
even have our own office. Other student groups don't protest
against us or deface our property or attempt to pull our funding.
I've always felt that Outweek has strayed a bit from its original intentions. When it first started it was to educate the straight
members of society about gay issues and rights.
But now looking back at previous Outweeks, I wonder if any of
them seemed geared at educating straight people. Lastyear most
of the people I knew who attended Outweek events were gay,
none of my straight friends had any intention of going because
they felt like Outweek was for "gay students only."
The straight students, faculty and staff members of UBC can
be powerful allies who will fight for and with us. Please come celebrate with us next week as Outweek begins. Q
by Tyler Hopson
"The Ubyssey didn't want to run a Gay and Lesbian issue this year. We
don't want to run one again next year either. In fact, we never want to run
one again.
"When the bombings of gay bookstores stop, when the prejudice that
gays and lesbians face is a part of the past that year will mark the last
time the t/feyssey publishes a Gay and Lesbian Issue.*
—from a February 1988 editorial in the Ubyssey.
Outweek and I are about the same age. While I won't divulge my true
number, darlings, it is safe to say I was happily in diapers when the first
Outweek (it was called 'Gayweek* back then) reared its head at UBC
in 1981.
Spending the formative years in small town Saskatchewan wasn't
exactiy 'nurturing* for a boy like me. I soon learned I was different Soon
after I learned how to protect myself from those who would have preferred I was just like them. It wasn't easy and the hiding took its toll on
my emotional and physical health.
It took until 1998-Outweek No. 18, that is-for me to admit my difference to anyone. I came clean to myself and then, slowly, to others after
no small measure of agony and uncertainty. It was the best decision I've
ever made.
On the eve of Outweek's 25th anniversary, one is tempted to marvel
how times have changed since 1981. Who needs Outweek in an age of
same-sex marriage and Queer Eye for the Straight Guf?
Yet my own observations tell me there is a good deal that needs to
transpire before queers on campus (and elsewhere) can truly call themselves proud and free.
On the political scene, some of our country's politicians still link
queers to dirty deeds and immorality. Stephen Harper might claim the
sanctity of marriage as his major concern, but most of us know the
ambiguous, discriminatory attitudes Harper displays toward minority
groups are a more pressing problem.
And it certainly isn't as though the government threw the doors of
marriage open to same-sex couples. It was fought for, long and hard.
Just last month, hundreds of community members rallied outside a
court building in downtown Vancouver to protest the court's refusal to
call the murder of Aaron Webster—a gay man—a hate crime or even a
gay bashing.
Queers are still being kicked out of their homes for coming out to their
parents. Gay bashings, it sometimes seems, might never go away. It still
happens in Vancouver and more often than you might think.
Yes, the GLBT community has attainted visibility. Yes, we are organised in the name of justice.
But let's not cocoon ourselves at home for a Queer as Folk TV
marathon because, hallelujah, the battle is over.
When we as a queer community are not only out of the closet, but are
emotionally, physically and sexually healthy; when we can feel no sense
of shame or guilt or fear for being and deciding who we are; when queers
can walk hand-in-hand anywhere in Vancouver, then there will be no
need for Outweek.
Until that time, enjoy the festivities. Q
i Friday, February 4, 2005
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would like to formally
apologize for the regretable
coincidence of "The Birth of a
Nation" (1915) being shown
during African Awareness
Week 2005
We are truly sorry for any offence
that was felt as a result of the film's
inadvertent timing, and we will take
measures to ensure that an oversight
like this will not occur again. The views
expressed in the film do not in any way
reflect the opinions of FilmSoc or its
constituents on the significance of
African Awareness Week. We also
apologize to those who felt the film was
not adequately contextualized.
-Ian Gray, FilmSoc Chair
The Gaybourhood
by Leah Dowe
When I asked my Mends about what
they thought of Davie Street many
gay people came up with responses
about their first time walking along
the street or going to Little Sister's
Bookstore. Some called it the 'Gay
Ghetto* while others talked about
how comfortable they felt there.
Davie Street is the centre of gay
culture in Vancouver, yet many are
unaware of its history.
Davie Street was named after
A.E.B. Davie, former premier of
British Columbia and BC's first
openly gay politician. It was Davie's
Mends who are said to have formed
the seed of what is now Vancouver's
gay community.
The history of Davie Street is tied
to the history of the West End itself.
In 1862, John Morton bought
District Lot 185 for $550. Morton
had originally wanted to use the
land to make bricks and for mining.
After over twenty years of this
unsuccessful business venture,
Morton sold one third of the land to
Canadian Pacific Rail.
In 1887, lots of land began to be
sold. With the CPR building rail lines
in the area, construction of hotels
and roads commenced. After the
establishment of Stanley Park, lots
started to move more quickly, with
prices going up to over a $ 1,000.
The West End became known as
the wealthy district of town and
stores and tramlines were built
along Robson, Denman and Davie.
The most famous mansion in the
area was the "Gabriola* on the corner of Davie and Nicola streets.
Benjamin Tingley Rogers, a sugar
refiner from New York City, built the
Gabriola in 1900. In 1918, after he
died, Gabriola was converted into an
apartment building and then later a
series of restaurants, which is what
it is today.
During the Great Depression, the
West End was home to numerous
rooming houses, and this is where
the story of Davie Street begins.
Historically, early gay bars were
located in commercial and industrial spaces. With the construction of
numerous rooming houses and
apartment buildings in the West
End, along with close proximity to
Stanley Park (an always popular gay
cruising spot), a small number of
homosexuals began to migrate
As a gay settlement began in the
West End, gays bars moved to the
west of Davie. As the Gay Liberation
Movement of the 1970s took hold,
combined with the increase in inexpensive apartments, the West End
soon became the focus for large
numbers of gays who settled there.
During the 1980s the City of
Vancouver drew up a plan to define
Davie Street as a residential area,
and to discourage commercial
The gay community, led by the
Davie Village Business Association
(DVBA), an organisation representing business and property owners in
the area, challenged this plan.
More recendy, the DVBA has
been working to promote a gay identity by lobbying City Hall as well as
by decorating the street with rainbow banners, bright pink bus stops
and trash cans.
City Hall is reviewing the residential area plan but disputes
remain over bars, since city staff
recently recommended imposing
very early closing times that would
have resulted in the bars' closure.
Over the next six months they
will reach a decision about whether
to define Davie Street as an entertainment district. Q
Marginal? Maybe. Diverse? Definitely.
by Sarah Pemberton
Vancouver, like many other fron-
tier towns, has historically been a
location for marginal sexualities.
The history of Commercial
Drive is woven with Vancouver's
history and, it must be said,
Vancouver's seamier side.
Pre 1970s
As one of the last parts of Canada to
be colonised, Vancouver developed
rapidly in the late nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries, largely as
a base for the shipping industries,
mining and logging.
Ports are notable for the hospitality services required by itinerant
sailors but also for official tolerance of behaviour outlawed in
other cities (a practice that is
rumoured to be the origin of a popular swear word—FUCK or
Fornication Under Consent of the
King). This frontier mentality
favoured a range of illicit sexual
practices, including strip shows,
prostitution and gay and lesbian
19 70s-1990s
Even in the early twentieth century
elements of Vancouver's gay and
lesbian community were segregated, both along ethnic and gendered
The result was that while gay
white men congregated downtown,
women were more likely to be
located to the east of Main Street,
since these areas were home to the
first lesbian bars.
This pattern became more evident in the 1970s, largely as a
result of the feminist and gay rights
movements. This allowed lesbian
feminists and their organisations
to come 'above ground.'
The continued reality of separate spaces for lesbians and gay
men in Vancouver is partly due to
the fact that each group pursued
different political strategies during
the 1970s and 1980s—men creating a 'gay rights' movement while
lesbians tended to work within the
feminist movement.
But, the gay men in downtown
and Davie Street versus lesbians on
Commercial Drive divide may also
have reflected differences in
income and behaviour: lesbians
likely had lower average incomes
and were more likely to have
As a result, Commercial Drive
emerged as a separate and distinctive queer space, ironically less
"commercial,* more family-oriented and more political than gay
enclaves in downtown Vancouver.
The history of the lesbian community on Commercial Drive has
not been without opposition. In the
summer of 1990 a high profile conflict broke out over the identity of
The Drive between the Italian community and the lesbian and gay
The dispute arose when a waiter
in Joe's Cafe complained about the
affectionate behaviour of two lesbian customers, and the cafe owner
supported his waiter's complaint
against the women.
Within a few hours lesbian and
gay activists were picketing the cafe
for being homophobic, as well as
calling for a boycott. Things escalated, including rows in the street
between protestors and cafe supporters. Joe sprayed his opponents
with water and the protestors
mooned him in defiance.
Although the dispute was eventually resolved, it stands out as a
symbolically important fight for lesbian and gay rights in the city. It
also provided the central plot for
the successful lesbian film Better
than Chocolate, filmed in
Vancouver in 1999 and set on
Commercial Drive.
Present Day
In recent years, the split between
the gay community centred
Downtown and lesbians on The
Drive has receded notably many
lesbians choose to Hve Downtown,
nearer to the club and bar scene,
while some gay men prefer the
more counter-cultural atmosphere
of Commercial Drive.
As public opinion has become
more favourable towards lesbians
and gay men, there has been less
need for people to spend time within 'gay ghettos' or enclaves.
Nowadays, the lesbian and gay
community Hve in areas aU over
Vancouver, even if they often prefer to sociaHse within more stereo-
typically gay and lesbian districts.
But, there is still a strong lesbian community in and around the
Drive, making its presence felt
through activities such as the first
Vancouver Dyke march which took
place on Commercial in August
Commercial Drive is home to a
diverse range of ethnic and cultural
groups; these exist side-by-side with
queer and lesbian organisations
such as the Womyn's Ware sex shop
and the drag king troupe Kings of
Vancouver. Q a ubyssey special issue
Friday, February 4, 2005
There won't be trumpets
by Kalev Hunt
My first conscious inklings that
there was a "gay group* at UBC
are my memories of spying
GLBUBC (Gays, Lesbians, and
Bisexuals of UBC—one of Pride
UBC's many former monikers)
booths in the SUB concourse out
of the corner of my eye as I hurried by, eager to keep my gaze
from lingering too long and
betraying an internal war I'd
been waging since I was 15.
The year was 1992 and it would
be years before EUen DeGeneres
became a household name or the
notion of same-sex marriage
would be considered possible in
Europe, let alone Canada.
Still, the vague notion that
there were other people on campus who might understand what I
was going through stayed with
me. Not that I was gay, of course.
I just had a reaUy huge crush on
one of my feUow Computer
Science students. Not that it was
a crush...it wasn't like my heart
had stopped that time he leaned
over me when we working on an
assignment together and I'd felt
the sHght quiver of his breath on
my cheek.
By the time the beginning of my
third year roUed around in 1994,1
was ready. I had come out the previous May but somehow only knew
two other gay people in the whole
I don't really remember how I
found the nearly-inaccessible
GLBUBC office. I don't know how I
even knew to look for GLBUBC—
this was before everyone and their
dog had a webpage. Still my mind
skips back to seeing their Club
Days' booths in the SUB out of the
corner of my hastily-averted eye.
GLBUBC became my social circle; it was where I grew up and discovered who I was and what I
Til never forget
attending my first
Valentine's Dance
and the sense of
connection I felt
when I took to the
dance floor for the
very first time with
a group of people
who accepted me
as I was/'
—Kalev Hunt
UBC Alumnus
beHeved in. It was where I found a
place where I finally belonged
after years of isolation.
I'll never forget attending my
first Valentine's Dance and the
sense of connection I felt when I
took to the dance floor for the very
first time with a group of people
who accepted me as I was.
GLBUBC was where I became
fully aware of the evils of oppression and where I learned the
power of my voice.
I spent three years heavily
involved with the group and saw it
transform itself into Pride UBC, a
group with a more inclusive name
and a much more communal feel,
led by co-chairs instead of a president and vice-president, with guaranteed funding from student fees
that left us unindebted to the Alma
Mater Society.
I set up the group's first website and later took over responsibility for its mailing Hsts. Never
would we have imagined that the
Hst membership would grow to
more than 300 members.
When I returned to the campus
in late 2000 as a staff member, it
was only a matter of time before I
became involved with the group
that literally changed my life.
Since then, I've discovered
some things haven't changed: the
poHtics can be just as petty, the
drawbacks of being a volunteer
organisation are just as frustrating, and sometimes it seems like
the bigger picture is lost in a sea of
competing personal agendas. And
every year, there is still a flamewar
on the mailing Hst about the use of
the word "queer.*
But the important things Pride
UBC does have grown and
matured. Today Pride socials are
attended by three times as many
people as back in the day, and not
because queer people are more
into drinking but because they are
just as much in need now as they
were then of a safe place to socialize—only in the post-Ellen world,
more queer people can feel free to
be open about who we love.
There are finally inroads being
made into the Residences, those
bastions of homophobia.
The group's weekly discussion
groups can draw up to 90 people,
something that would have been
inconceivable in the mid-90s
when we struggled to maintain a
10-to 15-person turnout.
Ten years ago, female participation in the group was token at
best but today women are more
involved in the group than ever, in
leadership roles rather than standing silently on the sidelines.
Pride UBC is more visible and
more known on campus than ever
before—and despite aU it has
accomplished in the past ten
years, it's the small changes that
still strike me.
Walking down Main Mall to be
greeted by a stone rainbow during
Outweek, knowing every first-year
student is getting a Positive
Space/Pride UBC postcard in their
Imagine materials, catching sight
of brightly-coloured queer event
posters all across campus, seeing
openly queer people elected to
AMS council—all these seemingly
Httle things represent a real shift...
and my mind skips back, again, to
some nameless volunteers sitting
at a table in the SUB more than a
decade ago.
Here's to the next ten years...
and beyond! Q
Kalev Hunt works for the
Faculty of Agricultural Science.
He has been a member of Pride
UBC since 1994 and served as
treasurer in 2004.
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Pus Chronicles: Life and Fontcssv
by Michael Harris
In July 2002, I published the
first column about a young man's
sex life at UBC in Xtra
West, Vancouver's gay and lesbian
newspaper. I had graduated from
UBC a few months before. So the
writing of Campus Chronicles has
always been an act of scrounging
through haversacks of memory.
"Did this really happen?" people
quiz me.
When you write auto-fiction,
when you purposefully confuse
your life with your fantasy, you
become less accurate. But I
believe that fudging of accuracy is
negligible compared to the value
of story. History, especially queer
history, will always (and only)
reach us through the gauze of narrative. We may as well enjoy it.
This episode deals specifically
with the weighing in of memory
against immediacy, making it
appropriate for Outweek's 25th
At the first petty onset of fall, Will's
heart turned auburn in sympathy.
He felt romantic; felt like an actor
munching leaves beneath his
shoes. He noticed a strange desire
that took up residence in his gut—
for caramel apple cider, men
wearing wool knit scarves, and the
everlasting comfort of cock
beneath corduroy trousers.
And there sat Geoffrey, all
speckled with half-fight beneath
the oaks, reading—what was it?—
Keats, of course. Geoffrey ate a
white peach and chewed philo-
sophicaHy. He tucked a stray lock
of hair behind his ear and his
eyes flickered upward as Will
"Alio,* said Will, collapsing
beside him. "Wanna fuck later
on?* This, he intoned with disenchanted and ironic distance.
"Sex?* pronounced Geoffrey,
as though it were a new and
unstable theorem. *I don't know."
But here was the genius of the
aloof: "Only joking you know,*
said WiU. *I wouldn't just ask like
"Oh, you can,* replied
Geoffrey, shutting the book with a
dull thump. "I don't mind forth-
rightness.* A squirrel hurried
down the oak, presumably to better listen in, and froze there,
upside-down on the bark above
Geoffrey's head. *I just don't
know...well, should we?*
"I don't see why not,* goaded
Will. Or was it now about pride
more than lust? He swallowed
and massaged the odd constriction at his throat.
"No.* Geoffrey fed a bit of
sandwich to the grateful squirrel.
"Nah, I'd rather not. Lots of reading to do.*
"It's nothing against you,*
insisted Geoffrey, rising, wiping
bits of cut grass from his thighs.
"I can never sleep with the same
guy more than two or three
"Mm,* said Will. 'No. I know
what you mean.* But he stared
angrily at the squirrel, which,
sensing danger, retreated to the
safety of the upper branches.
"You don't befieve me? Ohh,"
and he picked up Will's hand,
dropping a smile into it as you
drop clothes in a hamper. "It's
nothing to do with you. Honest."
And WiU saw it was true: he had
nothing to do with it. No reason to
care except expectation. No glue
held these two, save societal
mores. And they were above all
Geoffrey made his excuses and
shuffled off to class, his bum
mockingly outlined by threadbare
pockets. Was that Will's underwear, poking out crimson
That was the moment when
Will turned angrily, blindly, on
his heels. He made his way into
the Student Union Building,
climbed a set of broad stairs, and
sat down at the meeting he'd
been dreading all week. The
meeting Ryan had insisted he
come to.
The Pride UBC meeting had
hardly wrenched to Hfe when
Will—unshaven, bleary-eyed, and
gripping a styrofoam cup of coffee—entered the room.
"Oh hello, my dear, finaUy
decided to play with others?*
Ryan was perched nimbly on the
edge of his executive swivel seat,
pad on knee and pencil raised at
an ambitious angle.
"You know him?* guffawed a
boy-dyke whilst burrowing into
the corner of a dilapidated couch.
"Roommates we are,* nodded
Ryan, sagely. "Pay no attention,*
he then cooed, patting a wooden
stool. "Come sit by me.*
The boy-dyke eyed Will's styrofoam cup with a maHce normaUy
reserved for murderers and
rapists. But refrained from further comment.
And the meeting edged on,
through a labyrinth of protocol
and strained politeness, as the
treasurer nay-sayed everything,
the social-coordinators shirked
their responsibiHties, and the secretary desperately pleaded for the
incorporation at further meetings
of a Ceremonial Talking Stick.
The boy-dyke and WiU, finding
themselves exiling in the same
direction across campus, settled
into a meaningless, mute, contempt for one another, until WiU
could stand it no longer. He
touched her on the shoulder.
"What's your problem?*
"You don't remember me,
do you?*
"Do I know you?*
But she was gone, her corduroy coat biUowing behind her,
and she vanished around a manicured hedge. Was it someone he
had hurt sometime? Did WiU
insult her in a freshman class,
years ago? Perhaps he even dated
her in high school?
The world of women was foreign now, he blankly acknowledged. There was no memory to
dig through, since he had moved
away from memory two years
ago. Coming out had necessitated
memory loss.
But there was something else,
dark and waving, strapped onto
those cut loose memories-
people. Q
Michael Harris graduated from
UBC in 2002.
primetime TV
by Jerome Yau
The past quarter century has seen a
major change in public attitudes
towards gay men and lesbians. Who
would have imagined the plethora of
TV programs featuring gay characters
25 years ago? Who would have imagined it would someday be hip for sitcoms to have flamboyant gay characters?
While increased visibiHty is cause
to rejoice, we shouldn't be complacent.
Producers and media bosses have not
necessarily become sensitive to the
issues related to sexual diversity.
In fact the way gay men and lesbians
are currently portrayed in media actually serves to reinforce pernicious stereotypes about the GLBT community.
Take the popular reality show
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as an
example: it operates on the premise
that where grooming, culture, fashion,
food and design are concerned, gay
guys are superior to straight guys. The
show's producers even cast five flamboyant homos (nicknamed the Fab 5)
to remake those frumpy (but salvageable) heteros.
In an interview with The Advocate,
the Fab 5 were unapologetic when the
question of stereotyping was raised.
The show's fashion speciafist,
Carson Kressley said: *We always get
the stuff about us engendering every
gay stereotype. And one thing: 'Hi, it's
a reaHty show.' We're not cartoonish
and we're not pretending to be 'super-
gay' or 'superstraight' or whatever.
We're just being ourselves, and I'm
not going to make any excuses for who
I am, and I don't think any of these
guys are either.*
Said Jai Rodriquez, the culture
expert: "It's rude, because you're commenting on who we are as people.
We're not playing a role.*
Mannerisms and masculinity are
not the crux of the problem. Why do we
need five flamboyant guys to do the
The rationale, I contend, is flamboyance sells. It's good for ratings, and ratings mean dollars. Unfortunately, this
panders to the traditional negative perception of gay men, and ultimately I see
this as bad for the GLBT community.
Another show, often heralded as
network TV's milestone, is Will and
Grace. The popular show features gay
central and supporting characters.
It is indeed groundbreaking for a sitcom to portray gay behaviour and gay
relationships as normal, the over-the^top
Jack McFarland never fails to be the centre of attention. Is his flamboyance
inherent to the character, or is it crassly
being used to spice up the show?
Why can't we have a primetime
show featuring a loving gay couple? Is
it stiU too much for network TV to feature two men or two women kissing
before the camera, front and centre?
If we are to accept the notion that
network TV is at least a reasonably
accurate barometer of pubHc perceptions, then it foUows that the day we
see two guys kissing onscreen during
primetime, we can claim major
progress has been made.
Based on what we have been
offered so far, gay men and lesbians
are still marginal and peripheral in
the grand scheme of things.
Sexual orientation, like many other
traits, does not define a person. To
exploit the basest popular perceptions
of GLBT sexuality does a disservice to
a rich and diverse community with a
great deal to offer. Q
Jerome Yau is an
filmmaker and a UBC alumnus.
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Three decades of queer history on campus
by "Auntie" Dave Anderson
I would like to talk about history, and I would like to talk
about Pride.
Did you know that Pride (or some version thereof) has
been around since before 1971?
Did you know that at one time there were apparently no
lesbians at UBC?
Did you know that the Vancouver School of Theology once
helped pay for Gayweek?
Did you know that "Heteroweek* was proclaimed in reaction to Gayweek and its predecessors from 1983 to 1986?
These funfacts (and many more) have come to Hght since
last September while conducting an independent history
project to document the evolution of Pride UBC and its predecessors through the Department of Critical Studies in
While names do not necessarily or ultimately define an
organisation, the long Hst of name changes Pride UBC has
seen appears to have, at times, done so.
These include, but are not limited to: Gay Liberation
Front (1972), Gay People's AlHance (early 1972), UBC Gay
AlHance Towards EquaHty Club (early 1972), Gay People of
UBC (*lesbians went missing, 1972-1980), Gays and
Lesbians of UBC (1980), Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals of
UBC (198?), Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Queers of UBC
(though I am unsure if this name was ever approved by the
AMS, early 1990s-1996), and finaUy, Pride UBC (1996-
Along with the change of titles (that switched as quickly
as the underwear of some homos I know), Pride UBC
changed considerably in terms of the status they were
afforded by the AMS.
Pride began similarly to every student-estabHshed club
UBC has ever seen.
That is every club interested in identity poHtics, changing
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and estabfishing
resources for the members who were unable to find security or support in a world that did not recognise the vaHdity of
same-sex relationships, and later, the fluidity of gender.
From club status, the AMS recognised the very real
importance of the Gays and Lesbians of UBC's work and
granted the organisation the much-lauded status of a Service
This enabled the group to acquire resources (read:
money) from the AMS in order to increase and maintain the
counseling, social, educational and other support services
the group had been administering aU along with volunteer
support. These services were impressive and numerous,
including a staffed pride-line six days a week.
In 1993, the Gays and Lesbians of UBC finally included
bisexuals (reflected in their name change) into the group.
FinaUy, in 1996 (to accommodate both bisexuals AND transgendered people) Pride gained its present namesake, as well
as the status of Resource Group.
In doing so, funding for the group became finite
($1.50/student in student fees to five resource groups),
administered by the Resource Group AUocation Committee
(composed of the four other resource groups who had also
been stripped of their service organization status).
This produced the potential for economic competition
among the five groups, as weU as a stagnation of Pride's
previous growth, which suddenly found itself unable to provide the resources and services for which it had once
applauded itself.
Strangely enough, this restructuring of AMS resources
and services arrived exactly after Pride had submitted a
request for increased funding to bolster and expand its current services.
Hand in hand with the evolution of Pride's status are the
various goals the group aimed to alter as weU.
The Thursday, Oct. 14th, 1971 edition of the Ubyssey's
"Tween Classes* reads: "The UBC Liberation Front wiU hold
an organisational meeting Friday in SUB 213. Homosexuals
interested in overcoming their aHenation and repression
are urged to attend.*
Further meetings (advocated by the Gay People's
AlHance) contain a similar tone. But, as time went on. Pride
UBC and its various incarnations became less interested
in the poHtics of identity and how to achieve rights and services from the greater UBC (and provincial and federal)
Instead, Pride UBC consciously focused on providing
resources for those negotiating their "deviant" sexualities or
gender identities through discussion groups, peer support..and beer gardens.
Pride UBC presently remains an AMS Resource Group,
ostensibly providing resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender students, staff and faculty and extended
communities of UBC.
But the extent to which this support and provision is possible remains somewhat in question.
For example, just which communities and which members of what groups feel welcome in the spaces created and
administered by Pride UBC? Two-spirit communities? Trans
communities? Disabled communities?
Pride UBC exists now in a somewhat precarious space. If
Pride UBC remains limited by funding and staffed by the
sole participation of volunteers and not paid administrative
staff, the group wiU never achieve much more than reactionary capabiHties, and the current services that are provided (and are needed and extremely important) wiU never
find room or the resources to increase.
This is not the single barrier for Pride to overcome.
While the importance of basic building blocks of identity
provide the needed framework from which to understand
and develop ideas concerning sexuafity and gender, they
need not remain a barrier to further discussion of such
issues and uphold a binary attitude of heterosexual versus
homosexual, for instance.
Overall, the final goal of Pride UBC should be that of sexual Hberation, and not just that of an old boys' (and girls')
club, as it sometimes has been labeled.
Pride UBC's goal should be to advocate for diverse sexu-
afiti.es and genders across the entire campus and aU com
munities at UBC and beyond.
TechnicaUy, each student who pays fees on campus is a
member of Pride UBC. The impHcations of this consideration should be taken seriously.
The importance of providing resources to the LGBT community in a cultural climate that does not easily tolerate
such individuals remains unquestionable, yet the need to
recognise the possibiHti.es of coUaboration and understanding outside of the homo versus hetero dynamic are equaUy
If we are a group truly proud of our work and befiefs, it
seems to me that this 25th anniversary should mark a shift
in ideas towards a more inclusive and supportive organisation that welcomes alfies, seeks out diverse communities
and truly makes itself a eroun to be proud of.
%/ <~* -a. *.
It is not enough to simply "include" identity categories in
an appeUation to make you "inclusive."
"Auntie" Dave Anderson is the Pride UBC Co-Chair and
Peer Counsellor
Facts for this article were garnered mosdy from AMS
Archives, past editions of ihe Ubyssey and several impromptu and unpredictable conversations. Q
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by Derek Eidick
Since Pierre Trudeau announced "the state
has no place in the bedrobms of the nation,*
Canada has followed a colourful history on the
path to queer rights and acceptance.      'w-.
Here are some of these milestones:
1969: FoUowing Trudeau's famous statement BUI C-150 is passed
to   amend   the   Charter
Codes, then deciiminaH^^
ing "gross indecency;
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to pass a gay civil rights bill, when it
includes sexual orientation in its Human
Rights BiU. The law makes it illegal to dis
criminate against gays in housing, pubHc
accommodation and employment
1992: The Court chaUenge of Douglas v.
Canada causes the government to drop the
ban on lesbians, gays and bisexuals from serving in the military.
1995: The federal government amends the
Criminal Codes to increase penalties for hate
crimes on certain grounds, including sexual
1995: All nine justices of the Supreme Court
of Canada agree that people are protected on
the basis of sexual orientation in the Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.
1995: Ontario becomes the first province to
allow same-sex couples to legally adopt children. BC, Alberta and Nova Scotia foUow suit
1996: The federal government amends the
Canadian Human Rights Act to expHcitly
prohibit discrimination based on sexual
1996: The case of Moore & Akerstrom v.
Canada: A human rights tribunal forces the
federal government to extend many benefits,
including health and relocation, to same-sex
1998: The Government of Canada does not
appeal a decision by the Ontario Court of.
A timeline of
major events
Appeal which unanimously rules that the
definition of "spouse" on Income Tax
Forms must be extended to permit the registration of pension plans to those in same-
sex relationships.
1998: The Supreme Court
of Canada agrees with
Delwin Vriend and overturns an Alberta Court of
Appeal decision that
allowed the Alberta government to exclude gays,
lesbians and bisexuals
from human rights protection.
1999: The federal government extends survivor benefits to same-sex" couples in an
amendment to the PubHc Service
Superannuation Act
2000: Ottawa amends 68 federal statutes
to provide aU common law relationships
(same- and opposite-sex) with nearly aU
the rights and responsibifities of legal
2001: "Common law partner" is for the first
time defined on the census as being either
opposite-sex or same-sex.
2001: The federal government passes a law
recognising common law partners to include
same-sex couples as members of the family
class for the first time.
2002: Courts in Ontario and Quebec rule that
denying marriage to same-sex couples in
unconstitutional and gives ParHament two
years to adjust the laws.
2003: The BC Court of Appeal overturns a
Supreme Court decision that says marriage
should be restricted to opposite-sex couples.
The Court of Appeal gives the federal and
provincial governments until July 12, 2004 to
change their marriage laws.
2003: The BC and Ontario appeal courts rule
in favour of same-sex marriages, making
those marriages legal in each province effective immediately.
2004: Courts in Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia begin allowing
legal same-sex marriages.
2004: The Supreme Court of Canada says that
ParHament has the right to change the marriage law to allow same-sex couples to many
across the nation.
2005: The Government of Canada announces
plans to introduce a biU to ParHament amending the marriage law to allow same-sex couples to legally wed across Canada. Q
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February is African History Month
In recognition of PRIDE's 25th anniversary
and African History Month, let us acknowledge
the work and activism of the following lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and
queer people of African descent.
American modern dancer and choreographer that combined modern,
jazz and African dance elements.
He formed the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater in 1958. His dances
include Blue Swan (1958), Night
Creature (1975) and Precipice
Gladys Bentley (1907-1960)
Popular American singer during the
Harlem renaissance who pubHcly
announced her wedding to her lesbian lover.
Dionne Brand
Canadian author poet and activist
who was born in Trinidad and
moved to Toronto in 1970. Her
poetic piece titled Thirsty, received a
nomination for the Griffin Poetry
Prize (2003). She writes from the
perspective ofa Black lesbian, and is
centrally concerned with the experience of the immigrant woman in
Tracy Chapman
American musician, artist and
activist Tracy Chapman is one of
the most socially relevant songwriters of our time, and has become one
of our generation's most unique
voices. As a singer and songwriter,
few artists can match Chapman's
gentle but passionate vibrato and
her Hterate lyrical compassion.
Michelle Cliff
American author born in Jamaica.
Her multi-racial genealogy allows
her to investigate and criticise
oppression from a diversity of perspectives. Cliff explores the intersec-
tionaHty of oppression, especially as
it pertains to histories that have
either been suppressed or erased by
Angela Davis
American known internationally for
her ongoing work to combat aU
forms of oppression in the US and
abroad. Over the years she has been
active as a student, teacher, writer,
scholar, and activist/organiser.
Storm6 DeLarverie
African-American cross-dressing lesbian thought to have sparked the
Stonewall riot by hitting a cop after a
cop hit her in the street outside a
bar. She toured with the Black
Theater circuit (in the 1950s & '60s)
as a Mistress of Ceremonies and the
sole male impersonator (drag king)
of the legendary "Jewel Box Revue,*
America's first integrated female
impersonation show and forerunner
of "La Cage aux Folles."
Cheryl Dunye
American filmmaker born in Liberia.
Her documentary Ihe Watermelon
Woman focuses on a Black lesbian
that attempts to piece together the
screen and personal life of a long-
forgotten Blade movie actress.
Rulh C. Ellis (1899-2001)
By the time Ms. Ellis celebrated her
101 st birthday in July 2000, she had
become the oldest Hving "out" Black
lesbian feminist in the history of the
women's movement. Those 101
years had been spent working, fighting, dancing, laughing and loving.
Could a woman ask for more?
Alexander John "Bear* Goodrum
Goodrum was a disabled bisexual
African-American, transgender
(female-to-male) person, who
worked with the various communities in an effort to educate and win
equality. He published numerous
articles and papers, and is perhaps
best known for his widely published
paper, "Gender Identity 101: A
Transgender Primer."
Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)
American playwright whose play "A
Raisin in the Sun" (1959), was the
first drama by a Black woman to be
produced on Broadway.
Imani Henry
American transman activist, actor
and writer. Coordinator of Rainbow
Flags for Mumia, a coaHtion of lesbian, gay, bi, two-spirit and trans
people fighting to stop the execution
of African-American journalist and
poHtical prisoner Mumia Abujamal.
Imam's play, "B4T" takes a hard look
at what transgender individuals face
on a daily basis—discrimination,
abuse, and acceptance.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Known for his insightful, colorful
portrayals of Black life in America
from the 1920s through the
1960s, Hughes wrote novels,
short stories, plays and poetry,
and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz.
Isaac JuHen
A UK artist and filmmaker,
JuHen's nomination for the 2001
Turner Prize foUowed the presentation of a series of large-scale
works that included Vagabondia
(2000) and The Long Road to
Mazatlan (1999).
Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
American writer who names herself
as "a black feminist lesbian mother
poet" because her identity is based
on the relationship of many divergent perspectives once perceived as
incompatible. She expresses or
explores pride, love, anger, fear,
racial and sexual oppression, urban
neglect and personal survival.
Poliyana Mangwiro (196 7-present)
A Zimbabwean activist who worked
for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe.
A firm support for lesbians and people Hving with HIV in her country,
she rose to prominence within the
gay and lesbian movement when
she stood up at the Zimbabwe
International Book Fair in 1996 and
defended the rights of lesbian and
bisexual women.
Phumzile Mthethwa
Founding member of the South
African  National  Coalition  for
Gay and Lesbian EquaHty. Past
Co-Secretary    General    of   the
International Lesbian and Gay
Black and Proud
Pictured clockwise from top left: Ruth C. Ellis, Audre Lorde,
Simon Nkoli, Alice Walker,Tracy Chapman.
SimonNkoH (1957-1998)
South African anti-apartheid and
gay-rights activist He was the first
South African to openly declare he
had AIDS.
Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett)
Known as the Mother of the Blues.
Her troupe, who sang lesbian songs,
included Bessie. A memorable lyric
from her song "Prove It on Me
Blues* (1928): "Went out last night
with a crowd of my friends/ They
must've been womens, cause I don't
like no mens."
Marlon Riggs (1957-1994)
An American filmmaker who created insightful and controversial documentary films confronting racism
and homophobia. Tongues Untied is
noteworthy because Riggs chose as
his subject urban, African-American
gay men, moving beyond the stereotypes of drag queens and comic-tragic stock caricatures.
Bayard Rustin (1910-1987)
Main organiSer of the African-
American civil rights movement,
esp. the March on Washington
(1963). Openly gay, but kept out of
the HmeHght to avoid damaging
image of the movement He was also
a friend and supporter of Martin
Luther King.
Makeda Silvera
Canadian author, activist and poet
who was born in Jamaica and now
Hving in Toronto, Makeda is the co-
founder and managing editor of the
Sister Vision: Black Women and
Women of Colour Press. She also
edited the groundbreaking "Piece of
My Heart," the first lesbian-ofcolour
anthology in North America; and
"Silenced," an oral history of
Caribbean domestic workers in
AHce Walker
Recognised as a leading voice
among African-American women
writers. Has produced an acclaimed
and varied body of work. Her most
popular work, The Color Purple,
chronicles the life of a poor and
abused southern African-American
woman who eventuaHy triumphs
over oppression through affirming
female relationships.
Yvonne Welbon
An American filmmaker whose film
Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100
(1999) has been screened in over
150 venues around the world and
won ten best documentary awards.
She is currendy working on The
Taste of Dirt, a feature film about a
Black lesbian CathoHc school girl's
story set in 1972 (based upon a true
story). Q
Guide to the
library stacks
Boy-wives and female husbands:
studies in African homosexualities
edited by Stephen O. Murray and
Will Roscoe; St. Martin's Press, New
York, 1998
Drag King Anthology
edited Donna Troka, et al;
Harrington Park Press, New York,
Exile and Pride: Disability,
Queemess, and Liberation
by EH Clare; South End Press,
Cambridge, 1999
Gender Blending
by Bonnie Bullough, Vern BuUough
and James EHas; Prometheus,
Buffalo, 1997
Tbe Global Emergence of Gay and
Lesbian Politics: National Imprints
ofa Worldwide Movement
edited by Barry Da Adam, Jan
Wulem Duyvendak, and Andre
Krouwel; Temple University Press,
Philadelphia, 1999
The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality
in Black Communities
edited by Delroy Constanine-
Simms, with a foreword by Henry
Louis Gates, Jr; Los Angeles, CA:
Alyson Books, 2001
Islamic Homosexualities: Culture,
History and Literature
by Stephen O. Murray, WiU Roscoe;
New York University Press, New
York, 1997
Latin American Male
by Stephen O. Murray; University
of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque,
Masculinities without Men?
by Jean Bobby Noble; UBC Press,
Vancouver, 2003
My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes
ofa Marriage
hy Barrie Jean Borich; Graywolf
Press, Minnesota, 1999
Piece of my Heart a lesbian of
colour anthology
by Makeda Silvera; Sister Vision:
Black Women and Women of Colour
Press, Toronto, 1991
PoMoSEXUALS: Challenging
assumptions about gender and
edited by Carol Queen and
Lawrence Schimel; Cleis Press, San
Francisco, Calif., 1997
Sister outsider: essays and speeches
by Audre Lorde; Crossing Press,
New York, 1984
Transgender Warriors: Making
History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul
by LesHe Feinberg; Beacon Press,
Boston, 1996
Two-spirit people: Native American
gender identity sexuality, and
by Sue-EUen Jacobs, Wesley
Thomas, and Sabine Lang;
University of Illinois Press, Illinois,
1997 Q
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Whither queers?
by Michael Kwag
Stephen Harper's recent Conservative
Party ad campaigns which feature traditional definitions of marriage in
multicultural newspapers show some
of the lowest* tactics the party has
used txxlate.
Ads read: "What kind of Canada
do you want?* or "Where do you
draw the line?"
Going so far as to target ethnic
minorities as a friendly audience for
social conservatism, Harper seems
desperate to expand his base of support outside the reach of already outspoken religious conservatives.
Anti-racist groups are not pleased
in reaction to the campaigns.
In a joint statement made
January 24 by the National Anti-
Racism Council of Canada (NARRC)
along with other reHgious, racial
and ethnic leaders, the groups
denounce the        underlying
Conservative strategy.
"The ad campaign introduced
by Stephen Harper and the
Conservatives is in our view, divisive; panders to prejudice; seeks to
pit one minority community against
another; and reinforces unfounded
and in fact, racist stereotypes that
visible minorities are intolerant,*
they said.
A good question to ask at this
point is where are the queers in all of
It's a reHef to hear the strong
reactions of queer allies, but judging
by news media coverage support for
same-sex marriage, it is largely
defined by pubHc opinion polls and
not by the activism by of the LGBT
This should be our battle, but who
is taking up the fight?
The potential legislative reaHty
for same-sex marriage in Canada is
tremendously in debt to the brave
couples who fought tooth-and-nail to
be recognised as equal before the
Groups like Egale Canada and
Canadians for Equal Marriage (CEM)
have been legally involved as interveners for court challenges, as well
as lobbying poHticians. But outside
of those relatively few queer couples
and fewer queer advocacy groups
have fought diligently for their right.
Where is the rallying of the distinctly-queer support for same-sex
This may come as a surprise to
some readers, but the queer community itself is deeply divided on the
issue, with sometimes highly differing views on the nature or relevance
of same-sex marriage.
Some cling to the beHef that marriage will do Httie to improve the status of the queer community, while
others hope that this will provide a
farther opportunity for gay and lesbian couples to gain acceptance within mainstream life.
Whether you view same-sex marriage with cynicism or optimism, it
is important to develop consensus
on marriage as a human rights issue.
Whether we choose to exercise
that right is surely a personal decision, but we should be outspoken on
our abiHty to choose.
In as much as same-sex marriage
is about the "kind of Canada* that we
want, the queer community needs to
chaUenge the mounting levels of
opposition—instead of letting others
fight our battles.
Remaining quiet in the face of
fiindamentaHst attack on gay marriage does nothing to address the
homophobic message. Q
Bad historians
by Karen Ward
My article was late for several reasons—I assume a certain abiHty to be
late, and plus, I couldn't find my primary documents. (Bad historian.)
Now, I could—or perhaps should—
go into some theoretical models of
the history of sexuaHty or discuss
some interesting historical episodes,
and pepper the affair with hilarious
quotes ("Do you think homosexuals
are revolting? You bet your sweet ass
we are!" read a Gay Liberation Front
headline, 1969).
But I was late because I took
another route, and got lost in my
Over my extremely compHcated
history, I've lost a lot of things, including, unfortunately, people, as well as
books and words. Looking for a piece
of paper, as I was, means sifting
through milkcrates of brute time,
notes and postcards from exes, old
(and embarrassingly bad) work,
incomplete projects and a few finished ones.
Everything, except possibly my
collection of overdue bills, is recyclable. And it all, I suppose, could be
considered in terms of the poHtics of
sexuaHty—and not despite, but rather
because of the fact that while I Hve
mainly in my head and produce bits
Just because I'm homosexual,
don't think I'm anybody's intellectual. But then again, 'if I wanted to
thrive in the academy, I'd have to
change that tune, and startproducing
meaningful work instead of pointed
critiques, workable ideas, and over-
the-top parodies. And beyond those
skills and a well-developed dislike of
authority, I still need to make enough
money to Hve and function reasonably, so I'm kind of stuck.
Good thing this is just newsprint
I found it finally.
It's a Hst of female superheroes
and what happened to them available online and reprinted in the
September 2002 Harper's, and there
entitled "The Kryptonite Ceiling* (I
quote selectively, see the full list as
compiled by Gail Simone on her website, Women in Refrigerators,
"Aquagirl: dead, Aurora: multiple
personaHty disorder depowered,
Batgirl I: paralysed, Buf from X-Men:
crippled, Celsius: insane dead called
delusional liar, Elasti-Girl: only original Doom PatroUer to stay dead,
Hawkwoman: depowered. Mantis:
child taken away, dead, Ms. Marvel
I/Warbird: mind-controlled impregnated by rape, powers and memories
stolen, cosmic-powered then depowered, alcohoHc, Power Girl: depowered, magically impregnated, made
vulnerable to unprocessed natural
materials...like sharp sticks, Spider-
Woman I: dead for a while, depowered, Storm: depowered, repowered,
periodically crasy to one.degree or
And so on. When you consider
how strangely important superhero
myths are in this super-awesome
North American culture, one can't
help find the Kryptonite Ceiling interesting reading.
Consider the dimensions of the
superhero story: it's a kind of self-
understanding that rebuilds the personal narrative. Clark realises he's
not, fortunately, from Smallville; having survived Krypton's apocalypse,
he will save the Earth from its own.
A different version is Batman: it
incorporates personal tragedy into
the theme and change as a conscious,
willed choice. Bruce Wayne educates
himself into the Batman. Some twenty years later, Peter Parker does not
experience radiation sickness and
death when exposed to the post-
Hiroshima technological horror, he
is endowed with new and beneficent
Of course, these are revisions of
the Jesus-myth. The youth astounds
the elders in the temple; Clark hoists
a '57 Chev while changing a tire,
Elvis Hve at 13, singing "Old Shep* at
a county fair. The three narratives, of
finding one's power and origins in
outer space and aHen genesis, in
urban, random violence, and in technology are so markedly outrageous
that the structures of the fiction itself
is destabilised.
The narrative of usually adolescent self-discovery becomes a radical
refraining of the personal narrative,
a reconstruction of one's origins,
meaning, and destiny. Please note,
this is puberty, and these are fictions
(which are about and for pubescent
Since most of us aren't born of
aHens (it may feel like it), orphaned
by urban violence, or irreparably
twisted by labor (ha!), the nearest-like
transformative process that occurs
on a regular basis is the performance
and thus construction of sexuaHty—
rather than the coming-into aggressive super-masculinity that the old
comics fantasize.
While aHens, violence, and labor
are constants under this rubric, sexuaHty is, despite the poHtics of identity
rhetoric, fluid. This fact that it-
homosexual identity in particular,
say—is a revelation, we can understand it as a choice authorized by particular social structures. As a narrative, it's a twist, a three-sixty that in
announcing itself, effects a re-interpretation of its own past There's
some history.
Thus, coming-out narratives sit as
a particular genre of self-understanding. The superhero narrative, which,
by its very centraHty in our culture,
touches on this one and many others:
it too is a narrative of radical re-reading. Now youth cultures might be
interpreted in their broadly transformative aspects—he moment of entry
into a larger world, Foucault's coming-into (coming out, that is) discourse—which re-frames realpoHtik.
As we understand, deeply, the
feminist notion that the personal is
poHtical, it is this personal superhero transformation which circulates through different cultural
spaces, engaging with normative culture and in doing so, transforms
other fives—in other words, you ain't
a superhero, you just feel like one,
because you're closer to sorting out
who you are.
I finish this off in my Fortress of
SoHtude (east side version). Why are
aH the female superheroes dead,
depowered, and mad? Or, to quote
from the tide of a paper I wrote in
my first term here: "History: where
are the lesbians?*
You'll have to check the Pride
issue of the Ubyssey, because there's
nothing else all year. Q
I a ubyssey special issue
Friday, February 4, 2005
Sometimes it is nice
Sometimes it is nice to get out from under the black lights.
They make our teeth look bleached:
the perfect self for whom we grope vainly
in the dark. Our restricted joints dancing,
our carefully window displayed bodies. The purple-esque
haze that trips us. Sometimes
it is nice to take the bus to your apartment downtown
on laundry day's eve to inteUectuaHse over
beer and pizza and make fun of the woman
who Hves across the way and who is getting a free show tonight:
an important lesson in gay culture.
You have special fighting: artificial sunlight,
you caU it, which contains the whole spectrum of colour in natural
Hght. Sometimes it is nice to learn new ways in which to
appreciate rainbows.
For o boy I know
You're sitting alone in the cafeteria. Perfect.
I approach from behind but   "
I don't get far; I have forgotten serviettes.
There. I wipe my unsoiled mouth compulsively.
Replace the serviette, flatten it. One step further this time but
I have a.pebble in my shoe
(at least I think I do) so, holding my tray in one hand,
I remove my shoe with the other, balancing
on one foot. Give it a shake. Nothing. But
wait-there's a TOONIE on the ground!
Two bucks!
What luck!
I try to pick it up with my unshoed foot.
Nearly., nearly...
Got it!
Triumphantly I turn around
my goofy smile but
you're gone.
I pretend to be surprised and disappointed
for nobody in particular.
I walk home without you.
I wonder, as I turn the key,
whether you even noticed the tall boy behind you,
performing his ridiculous dance.
When I meet a girl who I consider pretty I should do Eye
Contact, do Hand Holding, do
Kiss On Cheek in that order. Then someday we might engage in something pleasurable
called Over-Clothes Touching.
This is my first impression of sex. I am twelve years old.
I want to raise my hand, ask about my curious urge to rip the pants off the popular boy in
the seat next to me and touch him in ways that can't be prefixed with the words "engage
But it seems like a siUy question.
poems by
Cam Lavender
Heterosexism Questionnaire:whofs it mean to be 'straight'?
We all have a sexual orientation. Some of us are lesbians. Some of us are gay. Some of
us are bisexual or heterosexual. How can anyone be sure that they are heterosexual?
The following questionnaire is intended as a guide to determine if you are really heterosexual.
Answer the questions honesttyl
1. What do you think caused your heterosexuaHty?
2. When and how did you first decide you were heterosexual?
3. Is it possible that your heterosexuaHty is just a phase you
may grow out of?
4. Is it possible that your heterosexuaHtystems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?
5. If you've never slept with a person of the same sex, is it possible that all you need is a good lesbian/gay/bisexual lover?
6. To whom have you disclosed your heterosexual tendencies?
7. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuaHty? Can't
you just be who you are and keep it quiet?
8. Why do you heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others
into your lifestyle?
9. Would you want your children to be heterosexual, knowing
all the problems they would face?
10. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexuals. Do you consider it safe to expose your children to
heterosexual teachers?
11. Why are there so few stable relationships among
12. Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex?
13. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the
human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?
14. Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective?
Don't you fear that the therapist might be inclined to influence you in the direction of her/his own learning?
15. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals.
Techniques have been developed that might enable you
to change your sexuality if you really want to. Aversion
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by kiwi noriega
You leave me raw and aching for more.
Your touch sends rivers of shivers throughout me,
my every nerve on the verge, on the edge,
on this sweet suspended bHss, you ease into me,
so near this release, so painfully close,
as I thirstily rose to meet your Hps,
the slender tips of your fingers brushing,
caressing my skin, again and again,
faster, then harder, taking me higher, suspending,
prolonging the end—and then...
I breathe your name on the tip of my tongue.
And I take you in, and I take you deep into my lungs
so I can hold you
So I can savour the taste, the bHss,
the ecstasy of you.
Eyes closed, heart pounding, racing, beating,
I come afive with your barest touch,
I come.
unbidden into your waiting arms,
Then hopelessly, completely onto your mouth,
onto your Hps, onto your tongue like honey,
warm, and sweet.
You are passion, inspiration, revelation all at once,
and effortlessly, unexpectedly, you bring me to the
brink,the edge, the height of madness.
And you just leave me raw and aching for more.
And I'm shaking, I'm trembHng before you,
I'm baring my soul,
With you tearing a hole right through, making me
whole with every waU you tenderly kiss away.
And as I gaze down below upon your face,
and I trace the way your eyes follow mine,
your hands, tight, around my thighs,
I rise with every stroke, that only awoke
this burning, this yearning for you—to be able to
actually feel it.
Coz these once were empty words I've written,
empty verse that for the first time
no longer breathes empty rhyme.
You've given me, you've given this
so much meaning.
And the minute, the second I sense that feeHng,
that small, amazing reeling, in my head, my heart,
my whole entire being...I am overwhelmed
by the intensity of a single moment in your eyes.
And so here I stand on the verge of falling.
For you keep me wanting, you keep me aching,
you keep me yearning and burning for you.
To take me, break though me, awake every inch,
every part, every nerve in me
And still you leave me raw and aching for more.
And you teU me you want me to feel you inside me.
And you keep telling me that one day I wiU,
and you will too.
But this I want you to know. And it's that I do.
I feel you.
I do, even if to you, it's just 'seven inches'
attached to pieces of you.
'Seven inches' you say, that separates me from you,
but see that makes no fucking difference,
these 'seven inches/
since too close of a distance blurs vision,
since two souls impassioned, defies definition
You are who you are
And that is all that matters
So take me, break thru me,
Coz I see you, know you, feel you.
These seven inches of distance between us
Holds a miHion different instances,
a bilHon electric moments
that no amount of rubber, siHcone,
or synthetic material could ever, ever resist.
o come on,
Let me strap you on,
coz I am stfll so.
Raw. and aching, for more.
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