Thursday, 29 August 2013


Tara in Gone With The Wind was modelled on Houmas House in New Orleans (Photo by Richard Burnett)
I blew into New Orleans with my buddy Bicente two days before Halloween 2008 and scared the bejezus out of the Big Sleazy on our absinthe-laced boozy first night there when I tripped and fell on Bourbon Street, then slid face first into a gutter next to a policewoman on her horse.

It reminded me of the famous Oscar Wilde quote, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

Except I now know the stars look brightest from the gutter.

Bugs morphed into Starlet O'Hara

at Houmas House
Anyway, I got scrapes on my knees and elbows for all the wrong reasons, as well as a bruise the size of Africa on my left thigh. And local spices made my ass so sore I decided to forgo a visit to The Club bathhouse on lower Toulouse Street ("Too Loose!" Bicente called it) in the French Quarter.

Still, on this, my third trip to N’Awlins – a city founded in 1718 by the former French governor of Louisiana, Jean-Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who was born in Montreal in 1680 – I regaled friends old and new in a city that has won my heart.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Fierté Montréal's candlelight vigil in front of the Russian Consulate in Montreal on August 13 (Photo by Lyle Stewart)

Despite rain, over 1,000 people showed up for Montreal Gay Pride organization Fierté Montréal's “peaceful candlelight vigil” in front of the Russian Consulate in Montreal on August 13. Watch the video below.