I Googled my name today, for the hell of it, and came across this article I wrote for the June, 1986 edition of “The Body Politic”, Pink Triangle Press’s forerunner to Xtra! I was up to my arm-pits involved in this using the pseudonym David Coleman to disguise myself to my employer, CKTB, and talk-show host John Michael, the defendants in this case!
Usually no fan of John Michael, for some reason I was listening the morning he started going on an anti-gay, anti-AIDS tirade. I had the presence of mind to slap a cassette tape into my landlord’s radio-tape deck. That tape, and the formal copy provided by the radio station later, was the basis of the case to the CRTC.
I wrote the letter to the CRTC, inserting transcribed comments which I thought would carry the greatest weight. These were exciting times. Warren Hartman and I worked hard, me speaking as David Coleman and Warren as his out, proud, gay old self! Now don’t get me wrong. I was out at work, and so I’m sure there were suspicions I was involved, but I couldn’t use my real name and plot against my employer, now could I? It wasn’t so much of being in any closet of my construct as much as it was muck-raking anonymously. I was to use the pseudonym a few more times before leaving St. Catharines.