Sean Horlor

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Sean Horlor (born January 11, 1981) is a Canadian poet, actor, television producer, columnist and blogger. He is the author of Made Beautiful by Use (2007), published by Signature Editions, and co-host and associate producer of Don't Quit Your Gay Job, an original Canadian comedy television series that was premiered on OUTtv in 2009. He is a co-founder and co-owner with Steve Adams of Nootka St. Film Company[1] based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Horlor grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the University of Victoria.[2]


Don't Quit Your Gay Job is a half-hour reality series broadcast on OUTtv in Canada[3] and Europe.[4] Each episode features Sean Horlor competing with his friend Rob Easton to see who can be the most successful at stereotypical gay jobs.[5] The first season of the show in 2009 has six episodes about jobs as bus driver, stripper, equestrian, dominatrix, model and drag. The second season featured curling, hockey, the police and extreme wrestling.[6]


In 2003, Horlor collaborated with the Vancouver poet Matt Rader and the illustrator James Kingsley to publish Our Mission, Our Moment through Rader's publishing company, Mosquito Press. A hand-bound chapbook, Our Mission, Our Moment contains eight poetic transpositions of the speeches of George W. Bush.

His poem "In Praise of Beauty" won first place for poetry in This Magazines 2006 Great Canadian Literary Hunt[7] and "St. Brendan and the Isle of Sheep" was a 2006 Editor's Choice in Arc Poetry Magazines Poem of the Year contest.[8]

His first poetry collection, Made Beautiful by Use, was published by the Winnipeg publisher Signature Editions in 2007. Edited by the poet John Barton, the collection was described as "a striking and, yes, beautiful set of musings on belief, sex, and power".[9] It was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Awards.[10]

His work also appeared in the groundbreaking Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007), edited by the poets Billeh Nickerson and John Barton.

Horlor is also a freelance writing consultant specializing in marketing communications, editorial services and technical writing. He has worked as a speechwriter for Gordon Campbell, the Liberal premier of British Columbia.[11] He is currently[when?] writing Cocked & Loaded, a bi-weekly social column for Xtra! West, and also runs Up Your Alley.

Nootka St. Film Company[edit]

Nootka St. Film Company[12] is a production house established by Sean Horlor in partnership with Steve Adams in Vancouver to produce various projects including films, music videos, shows and advertisements.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2010, he competed in an international competition hosted by Tourisme Montréal to "search for the brightest star under the rainbow"[14] and won the first annual Queer of the Year title.[15]

He partnered Steve Adams in an episode of Hot Pink Shorts: The Making Of in which they co-directed a short film within one day. In the one-hour show, they were given advice on how to proceed with the short. The result was the seven-minute short Just the Tip.[16] The cast included Morgan David Jones playing Jayson, Kerrie Gee as Kate and Dan Dumsha as Throb. The film was co-produced by Horlor and Adams.


  • Our Mission, Our Moment (Mosquito Press, 2003)[17]
  • Made Beautiful by Use (Signature Editions, 2007)[18]


  1. ^ "Reel". NOOTKA ST. FILM CO. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  2. ^ "About the author: Sean Horlor". Signature Editions. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ OUTtv Archived 2011-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ OUTtv Netherlands
  5. ^ The Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Don't Quit Your Gay Job Facebook fanpage
  7. ^ "The Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2006". This Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Arc 57: Table of Contents". Arc Poetry Magazine. Winter 2006. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. 
  9. ^ Uptown Magazine Online
  10. ^ The ReLit Awards
  11. ^ It's all in the arms
  12. ^ "Reel". NOOTKA ST. FILM CO. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  13. ^ Steam Window Productions official website
  14. ^ "Queer of the Year". 2010. 
  15. ^ "Montreal declares 'Queer of the Year' after week of fierce competition". Miami Herald. August 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ Official website of Just the Tip
  17. ^
  18. ^ Signature Editions Archived 2007-12-13 at the Wayback Machine.

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