A Tribute To Gerald Obre (1952 – 2014)

Following is the Eulogy I gave for Gerald Obre at the memorial services held for him at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, August 23, presided over by our good friend Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral: I’m a friend of Gerald … Read more…

Coming Out!

Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk

I came out 35 years ago in January, 1978, six months before Harvey Milk’s infamous rallying cry:

Gay brothers and sisters,… You must come out. Come out… to your parents… I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends… if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.

I was 21 years old at the time, studying violin at UVic and playing in the Victoria Symphony to help pay my way. The December before, Canadian pianist William Tritt came to perform with the orchestra as soloist. He was a bit older, but beautiful, with such soft eyes, so fun, so cynical and so smart — I fell head over heels in love with him, showering him with attention and books and gifts I couldn’t afford.

51K+qkqdlkLTo my eternal gratitude, he didn’t take advantage of me, refusing my clumsy sexual advances, but stayed on in the city for two weeks after the concerts so we could spend time together talking about the books I made him read, arguing about our favorite artists, sharing many beers and meals and the intoxicating romance of it all.

I was completely wrong for Bill. He was attracted to much darker, more dangerous encounters. I was all boyish, youthful beauty — the opposite of what turned him on. Still, the love he kindled in me was shared. I’ve never been so depressed as when he left Victoria to return home. It seemed so cruel, no sooner having found Love than it abandoned me!

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An Address To City Council on Civic Status for Pride & Removal of the Viaducts

Madam Chair, Mr. Mayor, Councillors, Dr. Ballem, City staff and honored guests, my name is Sean Bickerton and I appear before you as a member of the Board of Directors of the False Creek Residents Association, although my remarks here … Read more…

Join Hands For Justice

      Yesterday The Centre and Little Sister’s bookstore sponsored a rally in the West End to honour Jordan Smith, the latest courageous survivor of a gay-bashing in the West End. The rally began at the foot of Davie Street … Read more…

GLBT Rally Today For Jordan Smith @ 1pm

Join The Centre’s Jennifer Breakspear and Little Sister’s bookstore owner Jim Deva today, Sunday, October 12, at the foot of Davie at 1pm for a community demonstration in honour of Jordan Smith, survivor of the latest gay-bashing in the West … Read more…

Enough Is Enough!

Yesterday at 1:00 pm, Peter Ladner, Laura McDiarmid and I held a press conference to denounce the latest incident of gay-bashing that took place over the weekend. We held the event at the parking lot next to Shopper’s Drug Mart on … Read more…

Walk For Life!

The Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE attracts more than 5,000 participants including 400 volunteers, 15 local AIDS Service Organizations and over 100 corporate teams. Last year they raised over $410,000 to provide direct services to 4,400 members. Last Saturday, Tom, Nash, Dr. … Read more…

GAMBADO Raises Money For AIDS Services

Last Thursday we attended GAMBADO, a fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Granville Island Hotel sponsored by the Shooting Stars Foundation. The angels behind the Shooting Stars produce a series of special events every year to raise money for people living … Read more…