Monday, 28 January 2013

WYNNE WINS LIBERAL LEADERSHIP - BUT WILL ONTARIO VOTE FOR A LESBIAN PREMIER?


Kathleen Wynne (pictured here at her campaign launch) won the Ontario Liberal leadership convention to become Canada's first-ever lesbian premier (Photo courtesy the Kathleen Wynne Campaign's Flickr page)

MPP Kathleen Wynne won the Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention on January 26 with 1,150 votes to Sandra Pupatello's 866 votes on the third ballot, making Wynne not just the province's first female premier but also Canada's first out LGBT premier.

Former New Brunswick premier Richard Hatfield – whose gay sexual orientation was an open secret – never actually publicly came out before his death in 1991 at the age of 60.

At the Liberal leadership convention, Wynne pointed out that she does not believe her lesbian sexual orientation will cost her votes in the next Ontario provincial election.

“Let's put something on the table: Is Ontario ready for a gay premier? You've heard that question,” Wynne, 59, told delegates at the convention. “Let's say what that actually means: Can a gay woman win?"

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

THREE DOLLAR BILL's 17th ANNUAL COLUMN OF THE YEAR's HEROES AND ZEROS

 
Canadian superhero Northstar married his boyfriend Kyle in Marvel Comics' June 2012 issue of Astonishing X-Men.

You can read the original version of my 17th annual column of the past year’s Heroes and Zeros of 2012 in Canada's Fugues magazine by clicking here

Zero Christopher Orlando, 18, was charged in January 2012 with third-degree assault as a hate crime for assaulting Benjamin Carter in the toilet at – can you believe this – The Stonewall Inn.

Heroes The frat brothers of McGill University’s Delta Lambda Phi, the first-gay fraternity in Canada, which chartered in February.

Zero Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who said in March, “Better to be a dictator than gay.”

Zero The Malaysian prime mister’s wife, Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor, who told the Phnom Penh Post she blames HIV on gay people. “You have to nip it [homosexuality] in the bud,” she said.
Frank Ocean on Saturday Night Live

Hero Soul singer Frank Ocean, whose public coming out in July provoked a seismic shift in the worlds of R’n’B and hip hop. 

Hero Transgender woman Jenna Talackova for successfully challenging Miss Universe Canada after the beauty pageant disqualified her because she was not “naturally born” a woman.