Spend 69 seconds with … Matthew Todd

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Spend 69 seconds with playwright, author and editor of the United Kingdom’s gay magazine Attitude whose play Blowing Whistles will get its Canadian premiere as the inaugural piece for new Vancouver theatre company, Landmark Productions.

01Your first job.

Check-out boy in a supermarket. I used to give old women free cheese.

02The job you wanted as a child.

Old Age cheese supplier. Or to be Kate Capshaw in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

03Your pet peeve.

The mainstream media. They lied about what being gay was as I grew up and that made me realise that they must lie about lots more. And now I’m older I know it’s true!

04Your hero.

Harvey Fierstein, Ross Gelbspan (Canadian author!), David Hoyle and lots more – anyone who has something to say or stands up for what is important.

05Finish this sentence: I first kissed a boy…

… when I was 11. I was the older man – he was 10. I pulled away and said ‘this is wrong’ and he pushed me back into a kiss and said ‘what the hell….’ as if he was James Dean. Tragically, it’s still the most romantic thing anyone’s ever said to me.

06Your biggest indulgence.

Ice cream. I’ll need a crane when I finally leave this job.

07The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

I asked him and he said ‘dependable’ but I think he was busy at work.

08Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A dog, a chef and a laptop.

09 One thing no one knows about you.

I don’t think there’s anything as I blurt everything out to my friends. I can’t stop telling them inappropriate details.

10 The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Vancouver.

Mountains, clean air and that scene in that Michael Moore film where he says nobody locks their doors in Canada. I want that to be true.

Matthew Todd

Meet Matthew Todd

Matthew Todd is the author of Blowing Whistles, which has been produced in the UK, Australia and the US.

He is the editor of the UK’s best selling gay magazine Attitude for which he won the British Society of Magazine Editors Men’s Magazine Editor of the Year 2011 and the Stonewall Journalist of the Year 2011. The Independent on Sunday placed him at number 17 of the UK’s top 100 most influential LGBT people.

His first book Straight Jacket: Being happy being gay will be published by Bantam Books next year.

Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrmatthewtodd

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