Gerald Hannon

New Brunswick CA

Journalist, activist, film critic, video maker, actor, teacher, sexworker. NB-born, Ontario-bred Hannon is one of Canada’s most notorious queers of the post-Stonewall generations. One of Toronto’s original TBP collective, Hannon twice set off moral panics that effectively put national media, gatekeepers of sexual and cultural politics, and queer community leaders to a test that many failed: as author of the 1977 The Body Politic article “Men Loving Boys Loving Men” (1977-8), which led to the gay lib paper being dragged before the courts in a three-year ordeal, and as central figure in the 1995 “Ryerson Prof: I’m a Hooker” scandal, which led to his being fired from teaching journalism.

Hannon was also a player in the three-decade drama of Toronto queer cinemas. As standby film and culture critic at TBP during the 1970s, his forceful writing injected sexual politics into the cultural debates that were shaping queer communities. His 1975 review of the pioneering US gay lib feature A Very Natural Thing, at the time of its Toronto run, saw it as a patriarchal plot: “We have been had. A Very Natural Thing is a heterosexual movie—only the sex of one of the protagonists has been changed. This time, to corrupt the innocent.” (Oct. 1975, 21). Hannon developed a relationship with Toronto’s indie queer film scene, appearing in Nik Sheehan’s Symposium (1996), in which his episode from his life as a mature hustler contributed much shit to the fan. His acting skills were also confirmed as the brutal master in Scott Beveridge’s Quiver (1999). Finally, Hannon tried his hand at directing, and his 1999 video short Cousin Mike (1999, 10), starring the author and Beveridge, an explicit tale of sort-of-intergenerational sort-of-incest, moved into my top-ten list of queer Canadian short fiction.