The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Advocate is a bi-weekly newsmagazine focusing on gay life in American. The Advocate includes news features, investigative reports, arts and entertainment features, celebrity interviews, financial columns, and health columns.

Articles from April 1

Achtung, Baby. (the Buzz)
A NEW CROP OF GAY FILMS SUGGESTS IT'S GOOD to be bad. Judging from the 53rd annual Berlin International Film Festival and winners of its gay film award, the Teddy, queers have gone homicidal and suicidal all over again. "I wouldn't say we're back...
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Alive and Kicking: Soccer Matches, Class Struggle, and a Gay Best Friend-Bend It like Beckham Is a Real Crowd Pleaser
Bend It Like Beckham * Directed and cowritten by Gurinder Chadha * Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Ameet Chana * Opens March 28 in selected markets * Fox Searchlight Somewhere in the chilly bowels of an Oxbridge...
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An Israeli Soldier's Story. (My Perspective)
In my native Israel, every citizen has to serve in the army when they turn 18--men and women, gay or straight. In fact, a straight friend of mine who was trying to get out of his national duty went to his army medical exam with a face full of make-up...
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Couturiers without Closets: Fashion Makes Way for a New Breed of Designers Who Think Hiding Their Sexuality Is So Last Season. (Fashion)
For a new generation of gay and lesbian designers, the closet is hopelessly out of style: "Being out is just the easiest way to live," says French designer Pierre-Henri Mattout. But when it comes to business these gifted gay men and lesbians carefully...
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Elvis in Disguise: Lesbian Elvis Presley Impersonator Patty Manning Wants You to Love Her Tender. (Culture)
Patty Manning, a.k.a. Patty Elvis, to her knees, reaches out to her audience with her left arm, and begs, "Let's, not let a good thing die." Her rendition of "Suspicious Minds," the shimmering pop-rock tune that in 1969 put Elvis Presley back at number...
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From Sordid to Queer: Del Shores, Writer of the Cult Hit Sordid Lives, Talks about His Journey from Texas Comedies to the Staff of Queer as Folk. (Television)
Bitsy Mae. Latrelle. Noleta. Sissy. LaSonia--pronounced "lasagna." These are the names in writer Del Shores's world. "I didn't make up a single one of them either," brags Shores. "I stole them." The Texas native has put the names to good use in plays...
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History-Making Professor: As the Nation's First out University President, Charles R. Middleton Is Determined to Make Chicago's Roosevelt U. "A Welcoming Place". (Behind the Headlines)
In early March, Charles R. Middleton, with full academic pomp and circumstance, was officially installed as president of Roosevelt University, a school with 7,500 students on campuses in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Ill. Middleton is Roosevelt's...
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Hunky Business: Madison Avenue Pushes the Envelope Only So Far When It Comes to Homoeroticism in Fashion Ads. (Fashion)
A recent ad from Abercrombie & Fitch featuring a naked young hunk rolling around on an oversize beach ball seem to fall into the category of "homoerotic" advertising. But ad guru Michael Wilke, who created CommercialCloset.org, a Web site devoted...
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Koufax Strikes Out: The Legendary Left-Hander's Reaction to Gossip Is Another Reminder of How Homophobia Still Dominates the Pro Sports World. (Sports)
Last year it was Mets slugger Mike Piazza. This year it is the great Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax, who retired in 1966. Both major league icons faced intimations that they were gay from Page Six, the New York Post's notorious gossip column. ...
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Little Women's Big Man: As His Hit Opera Little Women Debuts in New York, Composer Mark Adamo Talks about Bringing Theatrical Spice to the Classical World and Living Happily Ever after with His Partner, Composer John Corigliano. (Music)
"I would like to think that I had insight into the women in Little Women because I wasn't bound by gender roles," says Mark Adamo, musing about his triumphant hit opera, which opens March 23 at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center in a joint production...
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No Stranger to Controversy: Gender Outlaw Kate Bornstein Returns with Strangers in Paradox, an Outrageous New Play about Death. (Theater)
"What can you do when you are a total freak, but make the freak show more fabulous than it ever has been?" asks Kate Bornstein, smiling disarmingly. Those familiar with the transgendered author's book Gender Outlaw may be surprised to meet a tall,...
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Peace of My Heart. (Don't Get Me Started)
Since the memo went out that war is not a gay issue, I decided to give peace a chance by showing up for the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The international gathering, themed "Another World Is Possible," was so fabulous that I was able...
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Pre-Stonewall Preteen: He Doesn't Know He's Gay Yet, but Michael, Oliver Beene's Judy-Worshiping 11-Year-Old, Is about to Become One of Prime Time's Most Fabulous Characters. (Television)
When executive producers Howard Gewirtz and Steven Levitan were first writing the supporting character of Michael into their new Fox sitcom, Oliver Beene, they were keenly aware of avoiding gay stereotypes, even though the show is set in 1962. Michael,...
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Pro-Peace, Pro-Health Care, Pro-Gay: Howard Dean Is Catching the Country's Attention by Being Everything He Says President Bush Is Not. (Campaign 2004)
When Howard Dean signed civil unions legislation into law, the Vermont governor's political future looked anything but promising. His race for reelection in 2000 was tight enough--Dean captured 50.5% of the vote--to just miss having to be decided by...
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Songs of Whitman: Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Crowns a Lifetime of Achievement with Leaves of Grass, an Evening-Long Composition Based on the Poetry of Protoqueer Poet Walt Whitman. (Music)
"I've been dogged by my musical choices," says jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. "Yes, I chose to play Billy Strayhorn and Cole Porter, who were gay. But flit wasn't great work, I wouldn't have been great in playing their stuff. Their being gay...
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Studio Triangle: From All-Girl Power Trio to All-Women Business Partnership, the Lesbian Founders of Chicago's Materville Studios Keep Upping the Tempo. (Music)
It all started at an open-mike night when college pals Kathryn Jacobson and Martie Marro bumped into Lisa Hernandez. "We just jelled immediately," recalls Jacobson. The three out musicians formed Stewed Tomatoes, an "all-girl power-pop trio," and soon...
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The 10 Biggest Lies about AIDS. (Commentary)
Bug chasers. Condom haters. Plague denialists. Is it any wonder that DAVID EHRENSTEIN is fed up with the prevarication and ignorance that are killing gay men and countless others? Amid a mountain of misinformation, these are ... 1. The AIDS epidemic...
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The Gay Parade: The Last Sunday in June Raises Hot-Button Issues but Leaves Us Wanting More
The Last Sunday in June * Written by Jonathan Tolins * Directed by Trip Cullman * Starring Johnathan F. McClain, Peter Smith * Century Center for the Arts, New York City (beginning April 1) It's gay pride parade day in New York City--the last for...
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The View from Paris. (Last Word)
Yes, I'm still proud to be an American, but in Paris I'm often proudest to reassure my French friends that I loathe my president as much as they do. It's not my favorite posture. But through the narrow telescope of Le Monde, the International Herald...
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When Nureyev Stood Still: More Than 25 Years after Rudolf Nureyev Posed for Artist Jamie Wyeth, the Portraits of the Great Gay Dancer Still Captivate. (Art)
When third-generation American master portraitist Jamie Wyeth approached Rudolf Nureyev about posing for a series of paintings at the height of his celebrity in 1974, the mercurial gay dance god barked out, "No, I have no time." But three years...
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