Queer Profiles: Alec Butler

This is my latest Queer Profile and one I am particularly proud of. Alec was born in rural Cape Breton as intersex. At that time, in that small town, the doctors didn’t know what they were dealing with–the words genderqueer and nonbinary were not yet invented–and he was forced to take hormones and threatened with…

Queer Profiles 9: Alex Snell

I mentioned a while ago that one of the things I’ve been doing is a series of LGBTQ Oral History videos called Queer Profiles. So far I’ve been confined to mostly my friends and the friends of my boyfriend–although they’ve been pretty good!–but now I’m starting to open it up to more people I don’t…

Queer Profiles 8

My newest Queer Profile features Toronto’s Patricia Wilson, who plays in punk band Crackpuppy and tends bar at Canada’s oldest queer theater, Buddies in Bad Times. In this interview she discusses transitioning while working as a welder in Windsor, Ontario’s auto plants, and her view that having gained a few rights has made the gay…

West End Girls

Now that we have this blog and are free of the strictures of the website, I feel more free to write about whatever I want and… I hope you enjoy it! I was actually close to writing an analysis of three Pet Shop Boys videos for the main site, but now that we have this…

Queer Profiles 7

So one of the things I’ve been doing in the past year that has taken my time away from Cinema de Merde, is I bought a camera and have been making little films. Most of them are little artsy non-narrative documentaries, which I’ll show you eventually, but the ones that have been most consistent and…