Donald D'Haene
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Donald D'Haene is an author (Father's Touch, fatherstouch.com), Online Theatre Editor of beatmagazine.ca and was one of the male Survivors on the Oprah 200 Survivors Episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, November 2010.

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Is the Homosexual Man's Obsession With Dolls Just a Myth?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:32 PM

A study by an American psychiatrist into homosexuality suggested that all the boys he classified as "feminine" played with a doll such as Barbie; for nearly a fifth of them, such a doll was their favourite toy. Only two-fifths of the "masculine" boys were reported as playing with a doll...

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Six Degrees From Steven Truscott

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 6:30 PM

When I was in public school in a rural area of Southwestern Ontario in the early '70s, my home grade teacher told our class we had to find a book in our school library and make a report to the class.

"Fiction or non-fiction," she instructed.

Because we only...

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Two Gay Men Debate Gay Pride Week

(17) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:00 PM

My best friend for a quarter century has been "out of the closet" all of his life. Me -- since I was 26.

We find we agree on almost everything except Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and gay pride. Our opinions on Carey and Perry are insubstantial.

Pride is...

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Is London, Ontario Ready For Avenue Q?

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Ever heard of Avenue Q?

Avenue Q is a musical-comedy that utilizes live actors along with an ensemble of hand puppets.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q's plot involves a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into...

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The "Sisterhood" of my Travelling Pants

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 7:10 PM

Travelling is an interesting exercise for a writer. It's not like I hope something interesting will happen; it just does.

As usual, I always have my note pad and pen tucked away for easy access. Much like a photographer would I assume.

"You just never know, eh Maurice?"

"I...

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Is This My Life, Or a "Mad TV" Skit?

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Sometimes my life is like an episode of MAD TV. Always has been. I guess, always will.

This week specifically reminded me of this classic MAD TV skit called "Shot In The Head"

I got "shot" in the head alright but it was to my face and repeatedly....

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Dishing With Elvira Kurt

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Elvira Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and received a Gemini nomination for her one hour comedy special Elvira Kurt: I'm a Big Girl Now. That special also nabbed the Gold Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival. Kurt starred in The Comedy Network series...

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The Family Secret That Changed Everything

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 8:03 AM

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." ― Maya Angelou

April 15, 2013. An emotional day for all of us.

And for me on more than one level. Hell and heaven within hours of each other. Along with the entire world, I was horrified...

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A Prolific Canadian Playwright Celebrates His 30th Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:27 PM

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Norm Foster's career as a playwright. I had the good fortune to interview Foster just before he headed to Ireland and Scotland from here in London, Ontario. Here's my Q&A:

One of my favourite quotes of yours is: "I've never written a play that...

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DISHing With Mamie Van Doren

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Mamie Van Doren, the American actress, model, singer and sex symbol was born Feb. 6, 1933. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard. This is an edited version my email interview with the now 80-year-old living legend from her home in Los Angeles,...
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How I Told Gay Youth It Gets Better

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Last week a Grade 11 student, Evan Wiens, from Steinbach, Manitoba, says he'll do whatever it takes to ensure gay and lesbian students at his school are supported even though he believes he is the only gay student at his school.

Gays everywhere probably can relate or at least...

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Seth MacFarlane's Sexism Crossed the Line

(12) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Hosting the Oscars is the toughest gig going. The ghosts of the best hosts of Oscars past haunt each person who braves the mission.

Before I go any further, I want to state upfront: I think Seth MacFarlane is one of the wittiest entertainers out there. His Family Guy...

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Why I'll Never Marry My Partner

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 8:23 AM

"Does that mean we have to get married now, Maurice?"

That's what I asked my partner, tongue-in-cheek, after I read the first Canadian newspaper headline that read Same-sex marriages legal in Canada back in June of 2003.

"It's 7:30 a.m. Can I have my coffee first?"

People who know us...

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Justin Trudeau -- More Than Just a Pretty Face

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 12:02 AM

On the eve of my birthday I shook hands with someone who might be Prime Minister of Canada one day. But it's such an odd thing -- in the time it took him to warmly shake my hand -- it was Justin Trudeau's birth that flashed through MY mind.

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Why I Wouldn't Want a World Without Awards Shows

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Award season is upon us and with it the often-heard complaints: awards are silly or they don't mean anything.

Those declarations are a tad presumptuous, aren't they?

After all, what is an award? A prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement. Who doesn't either give...

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Anything Girls Can Do, I Can Do Better

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:23 PM

My '79 graduation yearbook entry was: "Anything girls can do, I can do better."

"Like to see you have a baby!" was my best friend's response.

Of course, at 17, since I was a feminist before I even heard that term -- let alone knew what it meant -- I...

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Les Miserables Is a Better Name for the Audience

(6) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 12:11 PM

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." - Les Misérables

I've been writing reviews for 15 years. Theatre and film, 700+ short films alone. The only difference between me and most people is my reviews have been published for every time I leave a theatre of...

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During Christmas, I Think of My Once Homeless Brother

(104) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Tis the season to be jolly, right?

Any day I wake up above ground, I'm happy. I know too many dead men and women walking. Nothing reminds me more of this than Christmas time.

Last week, a few of my friends and I each bought 20 $5 Tim...

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Is Education Enough to Fight AIDS?

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

World AIDS Day is Saturday. How will you remember and commemorate?

Last year alone, 1.7 million people worldwide died as a result of AIDS-related causes. Their deaths must not be in vain. In their memory let us take a more proactive stance in observing this special day this year....

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The Life of Pi Shines Onscreen

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:27 PM

When I was in secondary school in '74, my English teacher had me read this wonderful book called Lord of the Flies. (I know, who didn't?) William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island left a lasting impression.

After our...

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