Doug Janoff works as an analyst for the Government of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, the nation’s capital. He has degrees in political science, creative writing and criminology. From 1982 to 1995 he worked a writer, researcher and educator in Montreal, Toronto, London, Vancouver, and Latin America. In 1992 he began his research after a gay man was brutally assaulted in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. In 1995, he went to Mexico to investigate the killings of homosexuals and transsexuals in Mexico. By 2000, he had collected hundreds of cases of homophobic violence in Canada: he spent the next three years writing Pink Blood.
Doug has presented his research throughout Canada and in the US, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Turkey at academic conferences and human rights seminars, and for professional and community organizations. He speaks French and Spanish and a few words of Bulgarian and Tagalog. With his Balkan and Scottish ancestry, travelling is in blood: his suitcase is never quite unpacked.
His current research interests include crime and homophobic violence in Latin America. He presented his research in April 2007 at la Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Although he loves to travels, he is hoping to own a dog some day when his travel schedule slows down.
In addition to his academic research, Doug has published several articles for newspapers and magazines. Over the years, these articles have covered a broad range of queer-related topics: AIDS in Brazil (1987), AIDS in Toronto (1988), gay marriage (1989), AIDS in Vancouver (1992), drag queens (1993) and homophobic violence in Vancouver (1992), Mexico (1995), and Istanbul (2004). Three of the articles listed below are available on-line, including research on the assault, torture and killing of homosexuals and transsexuals in Turkey.