Since retiring from ballet in 2004, dance star Rex Harrington has been busy as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada – and plans for his wedding to Robert Hope. It’s fitting, then, that he’s chosen the theme of “partnership” for his stage time at Toronto’s Top Ten Event on Thursday, where 10 notable Canadians will each spend 10 minutes revealing the secrets to their success. Also not surprising: his support for this week’s slew of marriages in New York, which just legalized same-sex unions.
What are your reflections on why same-sex marriage is such an important right? You’re about to get married…
We were, but now we postponed it another year or so. [He laughs.] It’s not that I’m getting cold feet! I’m like the runaway bride or something, you know? It’s just logistically and timing – we’re still working things out. And every time I get closer to thinking about it, it freaks me out. So I’m still working on it. I want it to be perfect! It’s an institution that matters because I think we’re all equal and we should all have equal rights in that sense.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.