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Friday, December 21, 2012


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"Pope's Christmas present to gays: you're (still) a threat to human nature"

by Jordan Arseneault (originally published on

In his December 21st message to cardinals and the upper bureaucracy of the Catholic church, Karl Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, claims that gay marriage is part of an attempt to “manipulate” human nature, and that modern gender theory is all wrong. Merry Christmas from the Vatican!

Karl Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the most corrupt and homophobic organization on the planet, said in his speech to church officials at the Vatican today that the institution of the family is in the midst of a “crisis that threatens it to its foundations – especially in the western world.” Like a well-trained logician in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas, Ratziger outlines a series of propositions which attempt to invalidate the rights of same sex couples to marry, a constant thorn in the side of his organization, which relies on heterosexual family structures to maintain the teachings of its misogynist and homophobic system of thought and domination.

The family [is] the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence. This is something we learn by living it with others and suffering it with others. So it became clear that the question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself – about what he is and what it takes to be authentically human,” Ratizinger told the cardinals and other unmarried priests in the chapel known as the Clementine Hall. The irony that, in preventing same-sex couples from forming legally recognized families, his church is actually fighting the creation of families, was obviously lost on him.

He goes on to say that gay marriage is a threat to the notion of “commitment,” echoing the widespread prejudice that gay relationships are not as lasting or “real” as straight ones : “First of all there is the question of the human capacity to make a commitment or to avoid commitment. Can one bind oneself for a lifetime? Does this correspond to man’s nature? Does it not contradict his freedom and the scope of his self-realization? Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time? Is lifelong commitment antithetical to freedom? Is commitment also worth suffering for? Man’s refusal to make any commitment – which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering – means that man remains closed in on himself and keeps his 'I' ultimately for himself, without really rising above it.” Riiiiight. So the desire of LGBT people to form lasting relationships somehow contradicts and undermines God's plan for humans to engage in lasting relationships. Fascinating!

Then comes the big whammy: gays are contributing to the loss of “essential elements of the human experience.”

[O]nly in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child...” Sounds like Karl wants us all to be bottoms, but doesn't want us to ever find a top!

With the marked rise in support for same-sex marriage in France, Mr. Pope made a predictable shout-out to the French community, notably by quoting renowned feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. Ratzinger begins by discounting: “one is not born a woman, one becomes so” (on ne naît pas femme, on le devient),” quoting the famed existential writer of Le Deuxième sexe, before offering us a primer on contemporary gender theory.

These words lay the foundation for what is put forward today under the term 'gender' as a new philosophy of sexuality. According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious.” Clear as day. What exactly would compel us to believe anything that he has to say about gender and sexuality, when his business still bans women from occupying positions of priesthood, the basic middle management position required to occupy the upper echelons of his multinational corporation?

Then comes the kicker: “When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.” Yep. All of those people who have killed and raped and pillaged in the name of “God,” they were “defending man,” while the simple and demographically marginal fact of men wanting to marry men, women wanting to marry women, and of transgender people even existing is the real threat to human nature and civilization?

Thanks, Karl. It's all clear to me now. You really do hate us. The official theological highest authority of half of the world's Christians has officially singled out gays, lesbians, and transgender people who support same-sex marriage and embrace the fluidity of gender are a threat to the human race. Let there be no mistaking who is the real threat here: the Catholic church has and will always have the upper hand on destroying and violating the human. The hierarchical, heterosexist, hypcritical ideas that Ratzinger expounds barely mask a message of hate and exclusion towards the LGBTQ people of the world that feeds into laws like Uganda's “Kill the Gays” bill, and all of the violence and exclusion that gay people face and will continue to face the world over. This Christmas, if you celebrate it, remember who loves you, and remember who doesn't. The world is apparently worse off with us in it. Happy holidays from the Vatican!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Rosary for the Holy Innocents of Newtown

A Rosary for the Holy Innocents of Newtown, Connecticut: A Liturgay for Peace

Make a sign of faith or meditative readiness.

            Prayer Refrain:
            O Goddess make speed to save us, O Creation make haste to help us.

First Meditation:
A voice was heard in Newtown,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
America weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.

            Prayer Refrain

Second Meditation:
May all evil sleep,
May all good awake.
May bright wisdom prevail,
May deep peace dwell in our hearts.

            Prayer Refrain

Third Meditation:
From division, keep us
From hatred, shield us
From scorn, relieve us
From vengeance, turn us.

            Prayer Refrain

Fourth Meditation:
May hard choices be made
May the greater good be known
May peace be our rock
May loving-kindness, healing and Justice be among us.
            Prayer Refrain

N. Sr. Aloysius Hardon

Sister Aloysius Hardon of the Montréal Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SILENCE = SEXE "La nouvelle équation"

Poème destiné pour la lecture à voix haute, en lien avec l'affiche SILENCE = SEXE, créée et imprimée en collaboration avec AIDS ACTION NOW (2012). 

"La nouvelle équation"
par Jordan Arseneault

C'est ce moment embarrassant quand...
Tu te retrouves nu au lit avec le gars que tu as frenché sur un toit
En regardant la croix, toute petite comme un jouet,
Au sommet de la montagne si sombre

Ce moment embarrassant quand tu fais entrer en scène le choeur d'une tragédie grecque
Formé des personnages d’Angels in America
Et le camion-vidanges plein de cadavres et
Des fragments de nouvelles à la télé de manifestations où on lance des cendres
Et Diamanda Galas qui hurle par-dessus "Fire in My Belly"

Ce moment embarrassant quand tu te décides à cracher le morceau
À arracher le pansement d'une plaie toujours ouverte
Et tu lui dis :

Il faut que je te dise quelque chose qui n'est vraiment pas facile à dire et
Je suis légalement obligé de le faire avant qu'il se passe quoi que ce soit d'autre

Je suis sur la liste des finalistes d'un prix spécial
Les finalistes qui n'ont pas gagné le pari
Je suis biopolitiquement condamné à toute une vie de moments d'embarras

Il y a en moi 50 parts par millilitre
Qui trouvent ça Vraiment Intense, mon Homme
Qui sont arrivés trop tard pour un vaccin.
Qui n'ont pas fait leurs devoirs
Qui font écho à une Voix Intérieure Hardie
Qui crie : « Approche-toi pas! »
Même si n’importe quelle autre combinaison de corps
Seraient en train de s'envoyer en l'air
En ce même moment

C'est ce moment embarrassant quand tu lèves les yeux et tu vois l'affiche

Sur le mur de sa chambre en bordel
Et que tu dis les mots
Et là tu le vois se figer, perdre son érection, soupirer
Et essayer de t'expliquer fébrilement qu'il a un trouble d'anxiété
Et qu'il ne peut « juste pas dealer avec ça maintenant ».

C'est ce moment embarrassant quand tu veux arracher l'affiche hypocrite
de son mur
Ou du moins la moitié
SILENCE = ccrrrrsssh boulette boulette
Toutes ces affiches, c'est ÇA qu'elles me disent, maintenant :
Silence égale sexe.

Si tu pouvais juste fermer ta gueule
Et ne pas parler de cellules et de réplication et d'indétectabilité
Et de petites coupures et de micro-lésions dans les membranes
Et de rincer avec du jus de citron
Et des tests à tous les trois mois
Et de comment tu l'as attrapé, anyway...
"Ah ouais", tu demandes, "t’as aussi été dans une campagne contre la sérophobie?"
Et de rajouter "Oui oui, je suis sûr que t’es très ouvert d'esprit.
Merci de m'en avoir fait une si belle démonstration."
En te rhabillant.

Habituez-vous à cette nouvelle formule
Parce que ces trous d'cul ne comprennent vraiment pas l'équation.

Traduction de l'anglais en collaboration avec Anaïs Bertrand-Dansereau et Elie Darling

Pièce écrite pour voix haute originalement publiée en anglais par VisualAIDS, suite à une lecture à voix haute lors de la "Drop Dead AIDS Literary Salon" de la Universities Without Walls (au mois d'avril, 2012, à Montréal).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

SéroSyndicat @ VAV Gallery Dec 1 World AIDS Day

Action/discussion/perfo/bricolage animé par le SéroSyndicat pour la Journée mondiale du sida 
(avec/with AIDS ACTION NOW!)
Discussion/action/performance/crafting for World AIDS Day with SéroSyndicat / Blood Union 

samedi 1ier décembre, 2012 : 16 à 18h30 au 1395 René-Lévesque Ouest
Saturday, Dec 1, 2012, 4pm-6:30pm at the VAV Gallery (1395 René-Lévesque Ouest) 

En collaboration avec le collectif de partenariat queer (QP Collective) de Concordia (Erin Silver) et AIDS ACTION NOW!, le SéroSyndicat vous invite à une discussion animée, intervention performative et atelier de création de bannières (pancartes et écharpes) qui sera GRATUIT et ouvert au public pour l'occasion de la Journée mondial du sida. 
Alex McClelland, Jessica MacCormack et Jordan Arseneault présenteront le projet d'affiches poster/VIRUS 2012 de AIDS ACTION NOW, en ouvrant la discussion sur les actions politiques et artistiques contre la stigmatisation et la criminalisation des personnes porteuses du VIH. Nous sommes également heureux d'accueillir l'artiste Sarah Mangle (Toronto) qui performera la pièce "Deathlist". Des membres du SéroSyndicat faciliteront la discussion et création de de bannières (pancartes et écharpes) que nous porterons lors de la vigile de la Journée mondiale du sida, qui aura lieu au Parc de l'Espoir (coin Panet et Ste Catherine) par la suite (heure exacte à confirmer).

In collaboration with Queer Partnership Collective (Erin Silver, Concordia and AIDS ACTION NOW! the SeroSyndicat will host a participative presentation, workshop, and sashes/sign/banner crafting intervention that is free and open to the public. 
Alex McClelland (AIDS ACTION NOW!) will present the poster/VIRUS project, followed by presentations from Jessica MacCormack and Jordan Arseneault about their posters for the 2012 series. We are also happy to have artist Sarah Mangle to present her spoken piece "Deathlist" as part of the interactive programme. Members of the SeroSyndicat will facilitate a discussion for the creation of hand-made fabric sashes, placards, and/or banners to transmit messages that address HIV stigma and criminalization, which will then be worn by the group to the annual World AIDS Day vigil at the Parc de l'Espoir (Ste-Catherine Est), exact time TBC.

Interview on CKUT 21 Nov 2012 starts at 16min29:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Cuntdragulations, America(s), this is a good day, and we will sleep better tonight.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Art/community bio!

In the context of Concordia University's ARTH 398S, here's a rough outline of my artist (lol) bio:

Jordan Arseneault is active in Montréal’s non-commercial independent queer performance scene. Co-producing Radical Queer Semaine’s STALLE performance revue in March 2010-2012, and the much-acclaimed Cabaret Faux Pas at Café Cleopatra for Pervers/cité in August 2010 with Laura Boo MacDonald, Jordan has been actively performing in the domestic Cabaret Faux Pas since 2009 with “Resist Conscription,” a piece which was later performed in Cambridge, Mass. at Aliza Shapiro’s Traniwreck (truthserum productions). He was invited to present his piece “First World Problems” in a curated show for Studio 303’s Cabaret SPARK, and has hosted and programmed the sex worker solidarity show “Dénonçons la violence” for Chez Stella on Dec. 17Th, 2010, and has had the pleasure of hosting 3 Meow Mix cabarets in his Peaches Lepage persona. How to Build a Fire Queer Sans Fin Convergence (Jan 2011), a community-oriented performance project presented in collaboration with Damien Luxe, Silas Howard, and Laura MacDonald, was his most recent undertaking (more info at ). In 2012, he was the moderator for the Concordia HIV/AIDS lecture given by researcher Barry Adam, and gave a workshop to students in Art-x on anti-institutional art practice.
Often performing under the stage names Aïda Cökenbalz, Peaches Lepage, or Tooloose LeTrick, for various benefit shows and cabarets (Faggity Ass Fridays, Up Yours!,, and Glam Gam Productions), he is a collaboration addict, replacing his other addictions with that of performance starting with 2008's Girl Gang Thank-You Card (with video collaboration by Jessica MacCormack). In 2011-2012, he was part of a collective piece entitled Tightrope, wherein he joined Montréal performance artists for shows at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times, and for the Triennale of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He spends his time as an editor, translator, facilitator, organizer and MC in Montréal.

Peaches Lepage "First World Problems" (2010) Spark Cabaret

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interview about student strike in Québec

Hello readers!
Life has been busier than ever with the student strike (#ggi), red squares, (i.e. anti-tuition-hike activism), casseroles, and so much more... 
I haven't had too much time to post about the strike for this blog, but here's a link to an internet radio interview I did with Toronto's Roy Mitchell for RoyNation:

And here's a great source, Forget the Box, which I have written for on the #ggi: