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Unvailed: The 2012 Hot List

Unvailed: The 2012 Hot List

Did you see that? That was 2012 flying by like comet through the night sky. It may have felt like a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ year but 2012 was jam-packed with news, entertainment, human interest, event and even a few non-events (we’re looking at you, Mayans). 2012 was also the first full year of Unvailed and we had a great time exploring a variety of issues, exploring different parts of the world we live in, meeting amazing and inspiring folks and even touching a few hot button issues that really got readers writing to express their opinions—something we love at Unvailed.

Once again, thanks to Kendall P, Jeffrey Round and Freya Hansen for their insight, ideas and intelligence on a variety of topics and issues that kept us all entertained and informed throughout the year. As we wave goodbye to one year, we look ahead to 2013 with hope, fresh starts, new ideas and to continue to build on what we already have. As always, thanks for reading Unvailed!

The 2012 Hot List


An innocent Facebook post set off quite a debate around the always controversial topic of circumcision. Not one to step away from controversy, Kendall P wrote a passionate and informed piece about the myths and truths of male circumcision and how a seemingly benign little procedure can affect men emotionally, physically and sexually the rest of their lives. Read it here.



Red heads, gingers, fire crotches…there are plenty of names and terms for the much-adored, newly exalted folks with the flaming follicles. I was (and am still somewhat) in the ginger category; but for most of my life I wanted to be anything but and either bleached, coloured or buzzed my auburn locks. Here is a little celebration of the ginger man that’ll have you seeing red—and loving it. Read more here.


One Man’s Triumph Parts 1&2

Peter Laneas was only 26 years old when he was suddenly confronted with his mortality. What he thought was a benign pain turned out to be stage 3 testicular cancer. The diagnosis set him on a path that would forever change his life—and the lives of many people he’s touched over the last decade. Peter’s story of determination and survival is nothing short of inspirational. Have a read.


Year of the Honey Badger

Ok. We’ve all seen the Youtube sensation that tells the story of the feisty little honey badger. What made this a viral rage was the over-the-top narration by Randall. While it made me laugh out loud with everyone else, I also looked at the honey badger as a metaphor for life: never give up, keep going, and if you get bit, lie down, sleep it off, get back up and just keep going. Honey Badger don’t give a shit. Read more and watch the video here.


Remembering Artist Steve Walker

The late Steve Walker was a gifted artist who created evocative and iconic works that speak to many of the romantic and erotic aspects of gay men. He was also an enigmatic figure in the queer arts scene. Jeffrey Round remembers Walker the artist and the man whose work graced galleries, newspapers, magazines and even a few of the author’s own books. Read more here.


I’m Keeping My Libido

When faced with a flagging libido, Freya Hansen didn’t pack up her orgasms and take up knitting, she went out and started knocking on the doors of doctors to help kick-start her desire and satisfaction. It was in this journey that she discovered a medical profession that had little idea of how to deal with women who are struggling with their sexual response. Her persistence paid. She got answers—and her libido back. Read how she did it.


I’m Not Your Victim

This is the piece that sparked Kendall P’s article Circumstitions. Again, it was born of an innocent post on Facebook. However, someone commented that men who are circumcised are victims of violence who have been mutilated. I took issue with this assertion, as I do not perceive myself as a victim or as a mutilated person. Quite frankly, we are judged enough on our appearance; I don’t need to add my penis as mutilated organ to the list. Once again, this garnered plenty of reader response. Check it out.


The Strolling Dead

We’ve all experienced this: you are walking down the sidewalk, through a shopping mall, a subway platform or an airport when you are confronted by hordes of them—the strolling dead. These are Tech Zombies who amble aimlessly while enthralled in whatever device is in their hand. They see nothing around them, forcing you to leap out of their way to avoid collision. This was written out of sheer frustration—and with a little humour. Check it out.


Those are just a few of the hot posts from 2012. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! Thanks for dropping in and reading Unvailed this year. See you in 2013.

photo credit: Adam Ashton

Andrew Vail’s writing career began in Halifax when he was but a child. In Grade 4, he wrote and produced his own series of comic books entitled “Freaky The Frog”, the on-going tale of a little misfit frog and his pals of the pond. Marvel Comics never came knocking but Andrew knew he loved to create and tell stories. Since then, Andrew has worked in advertising, PR and publicity; has interviewed politicians, rock stars and very interesting yet not-so-famous movers and shakers. He has published articles in a variety of local and national magazines and websites.

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