Pigs in Space

Chronologies and top ten lists are great add-ons, which I loved using during my time at Fab. In today’s social media environment, they are more popular than ever, and are often stand-alone items.

I’ve included here a top ten list from my Editor’s Letter in the June 29, 2006 issue of Fab. I’ve added still photos, but in some instances GIFs would work even better. Please take this as an example of a humorous collaboration.


“I watch Star Trek, but only The Next Generation.”

“In high school, I was skinny and always had my head in a book.”

“When are we doing the next Buffy marathon?”

These are but a few quotes from local Church Street muscle boys who’ve outwardly shed their geek status but can’t quite escape their roots. So when I dedicate this Sci-Fi Issue to all gay geeks, I do mean all gay geeks, the overts and the coverts.

Writer Scott Dagostino, a veritable encyclopedia of sci-fi lore, brings this episode of Fab home in “Why Is Sci-Fi So Gay?” But many tidbits were left out. So Scott and I have assembled some of our favourite gay moments in a genre that goes well beyond clingy unitards:

“Pigs in Space” – The Muppet Show (1976-1981)

Two of the crew had the gayest names ever (Captain Link Hogthrob and Dr. Strangepork), and the first mate Miss Piggy remains one of the biggest fag hags ever (does anyone think Kermit is straight?)

V – The Whole (original) Series (1983-1985)

Forget the sexual tension between lizard aliens Lydia and Diana. Could freedom fighter Donovan’s jeans get any tighter? He’s the male equivalent of heroines who manage to kick ass in high heels without ever breaking an ankle. Just don’t count on his sperm to save the human race.

Starship Troopers (1997)

Hunky Casper Van Dien accidentally kills a fellow soldier. His military punishment involves being stripped, chained and whipped. Straight geeks are suddenly watching gay porn!

“Doppelgangland” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999)

Willow meets another-universe version of herself: “That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil and skanky…and I think I’m kinda gay.”

X2: X-Men United (2003)

In X1, Ian McKellen’s sly villain Magneto almost kills Rogue, leaving her with a strip of white hair. Reunited in the gay-subtext sequel, he purrs, “I love what you’ve done with your hair.” Snap!

“Final Cut” – Battlestar Galactica (2005)

Apollo nearly drops his towel in front of a reporter (played by Xena‘s Lucy Lawless). The gathering of gay boys in my living room demands an instant replay.

“Bad Wolf” – Doctor Who (2005)

Stripped naked and seemingly helpless, Captain Jack pulls a gun on his captors as if from nowhere. “That’s a Compact Laser Deluxe! Where were you hiding that?” Jack: “You really don’t want to know!”


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