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 December 4

A Member of the Tribe. (Last Word)
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people are archaeologists of obituaries, skilled at digging out hidden histories. AIDS gave my generation a lot of experience in reading between the lines: single man, loved opera, close to his mother, volunteered...
A Midlife HIV Crisis: Men in Their 30s and 40s Are Old Enough to Remember AIDS at Its Worst-So Why Are So Many of Them Still Getting Infected? (Aids)
Tom Tinder saw two friends die of AIDS in the mid 1990s. And for months afterward he worried that the slightest symptom of a flu meant he was next. He practiced safe sex diligently, especially after getting into a long-term relationship with an HIV-positive...
Another Bioterrorist. (My Perspective)
Imagine a biological agent that kills its victims with stealthy efficiency, threatening to kill tens of millions, topple governments, and wipe out generations. It's not anthrax, which can be cured with readily available antibiotics and is not spread...
Bush's AIDS Aide: His Appointment Sparked Fury All around Washington; Now Scott Evertz Tells His Side of the Story. (Politics)
When President Bush named Scott Evertz, an openly gay man, as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, an outcry rang across the country. Antigay activists characterized the appointment as a betrayal, while gay and AIDS groups wondered aloud...
Comedy Is Not a Crutch: Disabled Comic and Performance Artist Greg Walloch Talks to Author Kenny Fries about Turning His Life and Work into a Film And-Waking Up with Seven Guys in His Bedroom. (Performance)
"A person who walks the way I do has an intense physical presence. Somehow this calls things into question," Greg Walloch tells me, recounting the time he was confronted by an audience member after performing his one-man show, White Disabled Talent....
"Don't Ask Don't Tell" Goes to War: For the First Time, the Policy That Failed in Peacetime Is Being Tested in Battle. (Cover Story)
A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has served on cutters assigned to protect Navy battleships around the world. He is now part of a team assigned to guard America's harbors and its vital shipping industry against terrorist attacks. And since...
Heche Crimes. (Reader Forum)
Thank you for printing the interview with Anne Heche ["The Agony and the Ecstasy of Anne Heche," November 6]. It confirms what I suspected: that Ellen is well rid of this crazy woman. Anne is acting her way through life, doing whatever she perceives...
Legally Blondie: Pop Icon Deborah Harry Is Enjoying Herself Too Much in the Underground to Worry about Fame and Fortune. (Music)
Madonna gives props to her on a regular basis. Gwyneth Paltrow told Harper's Bazaar she fantasized about having her life. Fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, have dedicated collections to her. Gwen Stefani simply stole her look. No comeback...
Never Mind the Context. (Music Review: Moth Balls)
Never Mind the Context * moth wranglers * Magnetic Motorworks The bicoastal moth wranglers don't look like pop musicians. San Francisco denizen Chris Xefos (formerly of King Missile) and New York counterpart L.D. Beghtol are both burly enough to...
Out of the Closet, off the Pulpit: Methodist Minister Karen Dammann Found That Being Honest with Her Church about Her Family Has Cost Her the Job She Loved. (Behind the Headlines)
Like many new moms, ordained Methodist minister KarenDammann, who was with a church in Seattle, took time off from her job after her son was born. Two years later, writing to her bishop requesting to come off family leave, Dammann revealed that she...
Out on the Front Line. (Media)
Openly gay ABC correspondent Jeffrey Kofman was among the first to report from the war in Afghanistan Although gay and lesbian military personnel fighting in the war against terrorism can't be out on the job, one of the first journalists to report...
Punk and Proud: With His New Picture, Punks, Writer-Director Patrik-Ian Polk Awakens Gay Films to an African-American Perspective. (Film)
"Hold on one second." That's how Punks writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk, 28, answers most of my questions over brunch at the Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood, Calif. He's not stalling, just multitasking. He takes calls on his cell phone during our interview...
Recipes for Giving Thanks. (Digital Queeries)
While the technology of the Web has done a lot to bring people closer together, nothing replaces spending time in person with the ones you love during the holidays. Some think that "family" refers only to blood relations, but I prefer the definition...
Songs from the West Coast. (Music Review: Timeless Capsules)
Songs From the West Coast * Elton John * Rocket/Universal Records Sincerity is a tall order for a pop star to pull off album after album, especially when his public image is as a tart-tongued, willful brat. But lyricist Bernie Taupin has been wiping...
Still Fermenting. (Reader Forum)
Scott Coors's argument that the Coors Brewing Co. should not be held responsible for what its shareholders do with their own money doesn't impress us ["Out of the Brewing Storm," November 6]. What the Coors family does with its money is well-known...
The Dull Monty. (Notes from a Blond)
"Report any suspicious-looking packages." This phrase takes on new meaning when you've just sat through an hour of something called Puppetry of the Penis, in which two genial Australian blokes twist their members into startling shapes and likenesses....
Time Travelers: Famed for Bringing the Gay Past Alive in Their Art, Partners David MacDermott and Peter MacGough Tackle 20th-Century Territory as Well as the Homoerotic Imagery of Hitler. (Art)
While time marches relentlessly forward for most of us, artists David MacDermott and Peter MacGough have been moving the other way. "Why compete with the modern world when there's so much information about the past?" says MacGough. After meeting in...