Chris Bearchell (1953 - 2007)
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Chris Bearchell's Writing

Published Articles

  • Jane Doe: Unmasking a heroine – "Chris Bearchell uncovers the stories behind Canada's Jane Doe website, a labour of love honouring women who fought abuse by the Toronto police and won"
    DIVA: Lesbian Life & Style, December 1999, No. 43.
  • The Sex Police in a Moral Panic: How the "youth porn" law is being used to censor artists and persecute youth sexuality (With Andrew Sorfleet)
    Parallélogramme, Vol. 20, No. 1, Summer 1994.
  • Gay Porn Is Getting Skinned Alive
    The Toronto Star, January 15, 1993.

Stories in The Body Politic

  • Parting Glances (Feature, with many other TBP contributors)
    The Body Politic, No. 135, February 1987, p. 29.
  • Dildo Shopping (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 133, December 1986, p. 26.
  • Sex Panic Hides Real Issues (Editorial)
    The Body Politic, No. 132, November 1986, p. 5.
  • Nutty, Absurd — and Dangerous (Editorial)
    The Body Politic, No. 129, August 1986, p. 5.
  • The State of Justice (Editorial)
    The Body Politic, No. 124, March 1986, p. 8.
  • No Apologies: Strippers as the upfront line in the battle to communicate (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 123, February 1986, p. 26.
  • Taking Advantage of Abuse: Chris Bearchell looks into The Badgley Report (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 110, January 1985, p. 27.
  • Chris Bearchell looks at two of the new crop of lusty lesbian magazines, and has one overwhelming reaction: At Last! (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 108, November 1984, p. 37.
  • Cold Shoulder for a Hot Issue (Column: "Combat Zone")
    The Body Politic, No. 108, November 1984, p. 14.
  • Court Victories as Artists, Feminists Confront Censors (News, with Lee Waldorf)
    The Body Politic, No. 108, November 1984, p. 11.
  • The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival: Is there "safe space" for minority sexuality? (International news)
    The Body Politic, No. 107, October 1984, p. 19.
  • Edmonton: Taking chances, facing changes (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 107, October 1984, p. 13.
  • Lots of Talk; Not Much Action: Reflections on a conference on lesbian sexuality (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 106, September 1984, p. 7.
  • The Dubious Art of "Vice" Management (Column: "Combat Zone")
    The Body Politic, No. 106, September 1984, p. 18.
  • Administrative Artbusters (Column: "Combat Zone")
    The Body Politic, No. 105, July/August 1984, p. 12.
  • The Magnificent Distraction (Column: "Combat Zone")
    The Body Politic, No. 104, June 1984, p. 8.
  • Hookers on Davie (Review)
    The Body Politic, No. 103, May 1984, p. 31.
  • Glad Day Convicted in Error, Lawyer Says (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 102, April 1984, p. 8.
  • Censor Board Shot Down in Flames? (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 102, April 1984, p. 9.
  • Pornography, Prostitution and Moral Panic (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 101, March 1984, p. 7.
  • The Fraser Committee: Scouting for a consensus — or a cover? (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 101, March 1984, p. 9.
  • Women Really Fighting Back: No wonder the censor board squirms (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 101, March 1984, p. 9.
  • 1983: A year to remember, a year to forget (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 100, January/February 1984, p. 10.
  • Racism and Red Hot Video: A response (Editorial, with Craig Patterson)
    The Body Politic, No. 100, January/February 1984, p. 5.
  • Violence: What's the price of "protection"? (News feature, with Danny Cockerline)
    The Body Politic, No. 99, December 1983, p. 9.
  • Using the Press to Pillory a Critic (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 98, November 1983, p. 17.
  • Fanning the Flames of Feminist Rage: Arson attack misses abortion clinic, destroy's Women's Bookstore (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 96, September 1983, p. 11.
  • Rita Mae Talks Tough (Feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 95, July/August 1983, p. 35.
  • Abortion Clinic Staff Face Charges (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 95, July/August 1983, p. 10.
  • Video Chain Appeals Obscenity Conviction (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 95, July/August 1983, p. 10.
  • Bath Loses Appeal, Survival in Jeopardy (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 95, July/August 1983, p. 14.
  • Art, Trash & Titillation: A consumer's guide to lezzy smut (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 93, May 1983, p. 29.
  • Clinic Withstands Opposition (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 93, May 1983, p. 14.
  • Rights Activism Urged (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 93, May 1983, p. 14.
  • More Nasty Quotes from Crusty Coates (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 93, May 1983, p. 15.
  • Fine Print Fills Newspaper Headlines (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 92, April 1983, p. 10.
  • Solidarity and Celebration (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 92, April 1983, p. 9.
  • Another Try: Getting into the Act (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 91, March 1983, p. 15.
  • Minister Ignores Rights Proposal (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 90, January 1983, p. 13.
  • Visibility Day Draws 650 Lesbians to Fête (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 88, November 1982, p. 18.
  • New Bookstore Aims at Lesbian Reader Too (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 88, November 1982, p. 18.
  • Queen's Homo Association Celebrates 10 Years (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 88, November 1982, p. 18.
  • Our Political Coming of Age: Reflections on elections, the Bruner Report and the bath raids (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 87, October 1982, p. 9.
  • 1977 Charges May Get to Court (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 87, October 1982, p. 9.
  • Sex: Doing it with the lights on (Feature) The Body Politic, No. 86, September 1982, p. 30.
  • Not a Love Story and the Anti-Porn Crusade (News analysis)
    The Body Politic, No. 85, July/August 1982, p. 11.
  • Ville Marie: Gay services get the squeeze (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 84, June 1982, p. 11.
  • Anti-Rape Marchers Harassed by Police (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 84, June 1982, p. 12.
  • City Solicitor Says No to Anti-Bias Proposal (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 84, June 1982, p. 15.
  • Gay Council a New Umbrella for Toronto (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 83, May 1982, p. 12.
  • Lesbian Action Sparks New Group (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 83, May 1982, p. 12.
  • Coast-to-Coast Feminism (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 82, April 1982, p. 9.
  • RCMP Seize More "Porn" (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 82, April 1982, p. 17.
  • Tempest in a Teapot: Article on local feud sparks libel action (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 82, April 1982, p. 14.
  • Rights Body Gets Head (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 82, April 1982, p. 12.
  • The Cops: Pressure still on (News, with Philip Fotheringham and Ed Jackson)
    The Body Politic, No. 81, March 1982, p. 11.
  • Ontario Finally Says No: Human rights decade ends amid angry protest — and some relief (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 80, January/February 1982, p. 8.
  • Surprise Guilty Plea by Club Bath Head (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 80, January/February 1982, p. 11.
  • Judge Suggests Dropping Charges As Not-Guilty Pleas Clog Courts (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 80, January/February 1982, p. 10.
  • Legal Status of Found-ins in Doubt As Guilty Plea Ends Keepers' Case (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 79, December 1981, p. 13.
  • Cop's Reinstatement Overturned: Court of Appeal chops Head (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 16.
  • Critics Say Police Complaints Bill Has No Support from Community (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 15.
  • School Cancels Job After Artist Comes Out (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 14.
  • Queen's Park to Debate Code: Gay rights protection unlikely (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 14.
  • Atlantic Region Meet Lifts Community Pride (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 13.
  • Gays of Ottawa Holds 10th Anniversary Fête (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 78, November 1981, p. 13.
  • Bar-Hoping (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 77, October 1981, p. 25.
  • Hustlers, Hookers, Swingers and "Sexual Revolutionaries": Making Allies Among Indecent Activists (News analysis)
    The Body Politic, No. 77, October 1981, p. 17.
  • Code Hearings Draw Many Pro-Gay Briefs (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 77, October 1981, p. 11.
  • Night Walk in Park Ends in Police Station (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 76, September 1981, p. 15.
  • Gross Indecency Laws Claim Another Life (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 75, July/August 1981, p. 15.
  • Lesbian Pride March Is a First for Canada (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 74, June 1981, p. 10.
  • Sticking With the Tories Until 1984: How the NDP helped Premier Davis out-do Genghis Khan (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 73, May 1981, p. 13.
  • Far Right Active in Election (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 72, April 1981, p. 15.
  • Trading on Secrets: John and Rose in Homoland (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 71, March 1981, p. 21.
  • The Election in St. George Riding: Hopping on the gay bandwagon (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 71, March 1981, p. 15.
  • Strange Bedfellows? Chris Bearchell reports on the sell-out at Queen's Park (News feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 70, February 1981, p. 10.
  • Cops Say Gun Report Due After Park Trials (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 68, November 1980, p. 16.
  • Campbell Champions Parents Over Perverts (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 68, November 1980, p. 16.
  • U.S. Loosens Ban on Homosexual Aliens (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 68, November 1980, p. 13.
  • Shoot-Up in David Balfour Park: Cops use bullets to arrest five (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 67, October 1980, p. 13.
  • Murder and the Myth of Lesbian Rage (Column: "Monitor")
    The Body Politic, No. 66, September 1980, p. 43.
  • Cathy Vail (Feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 66, September 1980, p. 24.
  • Gale Comin (Feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 66, September 1980, p. 20.
  • Gay from Toronto to Thunder Bay: And not a few places in between (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 66, September 1980, p. 13.
  • Going to Michigan? Beware of Customs (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 65, August 1980, p. 9.
  • The Road from Terror to Rage: Chris Bearchell reports on reclaiming city nights (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 64, June/July 1980, p. 11.
  • Perfecting The Story of No: or, Pity the Believing Boy (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 63, May 1980, p. 15.
  • Sperm Bank Not Accountable for Policy of Refusing Lesbians (News) The Body Politic, No. 61, March 1980, p. 14.
  • Window on Sewell: Toronto's mayor talks about cowboy boots, Red Tories, police budgets and one-issue politics (Feature/interview, with Ed Jackson)
    The Body Politic, No. 60, February 1980, p. 23.
  • Just Like Last Year: Cops fail to stop violent Hallowe'en mob (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 59, December 1979/January 1980, p. 14.
  • Michigan: The We Want the Music collective's gathering of mothers and daughters turned dreams of wine, women and song into reality for acres of Amazons. Music… magic… (Feature)
    The Body Politic, No. 58, November 1979, p. 27.
  • Keeping America Safe from Canadian Dykes: U.S. officials harass women in defiance of new policy (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 57, October 1979, p. 9.
  • Activists Forge Battle Plan for Last Push on Code Change (News)
    The Body Politic, No. 56, September 1979, p. 11.
  • The Cloak of Feminism (Column: "Everywoman")
    The Body Politic, No. 53, June 1979, p. 20.
  • Another Look (Feature, with Rick Bebout and Alex Wilson)
    The Body Politic, No. 51, March/April 1979, p. 25.
  • This Is the Last "Dykes" Column (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 49, December 1978/January 1979, p. 32.
  • Out on the Prairies: Chris Bearchell interviews Heather Bishop (Interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 48, November 1978, p. 27.
  • Deviant Meets Deviance-Makers (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 48, November 1978, p. 32.
  • At Least You Won't Get Pregnant (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 46, September 1978, p. 10.
  • Making It in the Murder Market: A Reason to Kill is Canada's first dyke detective novel, Eve Zaremba talks about writing it (Feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 45, August 1978, p. 15.
  • Lyn MacDonald: Due to the fact you being a lesbian… (News feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 45, August 1978, p. 1.
  • EveryFaggot's Dyke, EveryDyke's Faggot… (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 44, June/July 1978, p.10.
  • "I Was 15, She Was 43…" A feminist looks at the place of female child-adult relations in the politics of the lesbian movement (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 43, May 1978, p. 14.
  • Looking for Trouble (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 42, April 1978, p. 13.
  • Charlotte Bunch (Feature/interview)
    The Body Politic, No. 41, March 1978, p. 10.
  • On the Offensive (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 41, March 1978, p. 22.
  • Confessions of a Lunchroom Subversive (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 40, February 1978, p.15.
  • Lesbian Images II: Knowing who your friends are (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 39, November 1977/December 1978, p. 35.
  • Media Madness and Lesbian Images (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 38, November 1977, p. 10.
  • The Wages of Disunity (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 36, September 1977, p. 19.
  • Dykes and the Ontario Election (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 35, July/August 1977, p. 14.
  • Alex Dobkin: Sourceress woos, doesn't win "rudest audience yet (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 34, June 1977, p. 14.
  • Custody Rights for Lesbian Mothers: A contribution to a strategy discussion (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 33, May 1977, p. 10.
  • Lesbians and Gay Men Can Find Political Unity: A reply to Andrew Hodges (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 32, 1977, p. 11.
  • Lesbians Confront Sex Education System (Column: "Dykes")
    The Body Politic, No. 30, 1977, p. 12.
  • In Her Day (Review)
    The Body Politic, No. 29, December 1976/January 1977, p. 11.
  • Amazon Odyssey (Review)
    The Body Politic, No. 24, May/June 1976 p. I&5.
  • Lesbianism and the Women's Movement (Review)
    The Body Politic, No. 22, February 1976, p. 5.
  • Flying (Review)
    The Body Politic, No. 19, July/August 1975, p.24.
  • In the Eye of the Beholder (Feature)
    The Body Politic, [Date?]

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