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 November 7

A Haunting Ballad
Director Tina Landau talks about bridging past to present with the new musical The Ballad of Little Jo The stage is layered in shadow, skeletal trees silhouetted against a scrim lit up like an evening sky, when a slender figure in cowboy clothes...
A Rich Life
Is Frank Rich the world's gayest straight man? The New York Times columnist talks about his passion for musicals, his support for gay causes, and his new memoir, Ghost Light Frank Rich may never live down the epithet "Butcher of Broadway" that was...
Banking on a Winner
Looking for influence, gays and lesbians are donating millions of dollars that political parties need to turn the tide in national races this year On the hot summer night of June 29 in a private home just off 16th Street in the northwest section...
Beyond Our Borders
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1999, a neofascist group planted a bomb in the Amnesty International office. No one was arrested or charged with the attack, and the group continues to threaten the lives of activists working for the rights of gays and lesbians,...
Equality Rocks the Vote
The groundbreaking gay and lesbian arena concert finds new life as a VH1 special--and as a "get out the vote" tool It's no accident that the gay and lesbian arena rock show that was April's Equality Rocks will debut as a TV special on October 27,...
Eyes on the Prize
California's Gerrie Schipske sets her sights on being the second out lesbian elected to Congress Gerrie Schipske is proud to be running for Congress as ban openly lesbian candidate, but the Long Beach, Calif., nurse-practitioner says she doubts...
Lane Janger
The director-star of Just One Time gets in touch with his feminine side He's the year 2000 answer to Orson Welles: Lane Janger not only stars in the droll new pansexual comedy Just One Time, he also directed and coproduced it and cowrote the script....
Making and Breaking Taboos
In the realm of the Senses director Nagisa Oshima talks about entering new realms of cinematic sexuality with his homoerotic Gohatto Puncturing sexual boundaries has been a priority for Japanese director Nagisa Oshima. In 1976 U.S. customs refused...
Mary, Quite Contrary
Musician Mary Gauthier talks about her independent life and the colorful cast of character who form the basis of her new CD, Drag Queens in Limousines Fresh off a standing ovation at the legendary Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, Mary Gauthier...
Mystery at Gallaudet
The beating death of a deaf gay freshman leaves students at a Washington, D.C., university searching for answers Eric Plunkett was a typical college freshman. The 19-year-old was eager to make new friends, dive into his course work, and participate...
Natasha's Gay Genes
Natasha Richardson talks about her controversial mother, Vanessa Redgrave; her bisexual father, Tony Richardson; and her own winning lesbian performance in Blow Dry Natasha Richardson believes there are two ways not to play a lesbian. The first...
Positive Portrayals?
Mystery master John Morgan Wilson sends his HIV-positive detective after a ring of gay pederasts Benjamin Justice is HIV-positive, but that's almost the least of his problems. He tested positive a year ago but has yet to seek treatment. His lover,...
Same-Sex Samurai
Gohatto * Written and directed by Nagisa Oshima * Starring Tadanobu Asano, Ryuhei Matsuda * New Yorker Films Gohatto means "taboo," and God knows, anyone who saw Japanese director Nagisa Oshima's 1976 sex odyssey, In the Realm of the Senses--with...
The Nike Chain-Saw Massacre
It was with great regret that I noted the death of the phrase "reality check" some weeks ago. It happened when I used it and everyone at the table stared at me and someone finally piped up with "God, I haven't heard that since the '80s." The shame....
The Reluctant Warrior
The only openly gay Republican in Congress, Jim Kolbe prefers to work behind the scenes for gay rights At the Republican national convention in Philadelphia in July, Jim Kolbe was given a coveted prime-time slot on the podium. The only openly gay...
The State of the States
Gay and lesbian politicians hope to win a record number of seats in state legislatures Change usually comes in small increments, but this year's election offers the chance to push the number of openly gay elected officials to a new height. Seats...
Totally Jazzed
Jazz singer Patricia Barber tells it like it is, both offstage and on her new CD, Nightclub "My mother, who's 81 and the love of my life, has waited patiently for 20 years for this record," says jazz singer-pianist Patricia Barber, talking about...
Triumphs, Trials and Errors
With his term coming to a close, President Clinton talks candidly in an exclusive interview about his battles, successes, and future hopes for gay and lesbian rights The president's cabin on Air Force One is a small white room dominated by a large...
Two Sides of Town
A shooting in Roanoke brings gays and lesbians together, but fear still keeps some in the closet Roanoke, Va., is a relatively large city of 96,000 people in the predominantly rural Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia. A former railroad town...
Vote Early-And Often
All three branches of the federal government are up for grabs in the November 7 election, and gay people have a historic opportunity to influence the outcome. The signs on the lawns of Vermont bigots inflamed by the civil unions law read TAKE BACK...