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 15

A First-Class View: Actor Joshua Malina Talks about Flying with Gwyneth Paltrow in View from the Top and How He Took over for Rob Lowe on NBC's the West Wing. (Film)
Joshua Malina has a penchant for playing the new guy on the block--with parts from the inexperienced television show producer on ABC's Sports Night to newbie presidential speechwriter Will Bailey on NBC's The West Wing, he has had his share of characters...
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All-American Girl: Madonna's Latest CD Makes a Fascinating Exploration of Her Own Complicated American Life
American Life * Madonna * Maverick Madonna has accomplished the near-impossible: For the past 20 years, she has managed to remain consistently compelling to the queer community. More than any other diva to whom we have ever pledged allegiance, she...
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Boys vs. Girls. (Last Word)
I can't explain it. I know it's sappy, boilerplate, impossibly soapy, and woefully lacking in girl action, and I know that for all those reasons and more, liking it makes me a bad lesbian, but I can't help it. I like--no, it's tawdrier than that--I...
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Canyonn Cooler: High Art Director Lisa Cholodenko Talks about Avoiding Sophomore Slump with Her Sexy, Sunny Comedy Laurel Canyon. (Film)
From the smile on her face and the good cheer in her voice, you'd never know that director Lisa Cholodenko is in the middle of a packed day of interviews. Sitting down for a chat during the Toronto Film Festival, the acclaimed director of High Art...
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Counting on Charitable Gifts: Make Sure the Nonprofits You Give to Are Doing the Work You Want Them to. (Finance)
As April 15 approaches, many gays and lesbians are happily filing tax returns that claim donations to nonprofit or charitable organizations. Of course, a charitable donation is meant to be more than a tax break. It's also money that's supposed to...
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Follow the Leaders: NGLTF Loses Its Seventh Executive Director in 11 Years: So What's Going Wrong in Washington? (Community)
Lorri Jean once worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she coordinated earthquake relief programs. But even that background could not have prepared her for her tumultuous two-year stint as executive director of the National Gay and...
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Gay Man, Lesbian Groupie. (My Perspective)
Maybe it started in my 20s with the feminism class I took at City College of San Francisco. I was one of only three males in the class, and the only gay one. We watched NOW videos, read Gloria Steinem, and listened to Helen Reddy croon "I Am Woman."...
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Internal Revenue Disservice: Tax Time Reminds Same-Sex Couples How Antigay Bias Can Really Hurt Your Bank Account. (Finance)
When Daniel and Ian Chesir-Teran of South Orange, N.J., were married in a Jewish ceremony in 1997, they did what a t of married couples do--they combined their finances. Ian was and still is a lawyer, earning what he calls "a comfortable salary,"...
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Mustn't-See TV? MSNBC Takes a Turn to the Far Right with Its Newest Commentator, Antigay Talk-Show Host Michael Savage. (Media)
Its foremost pundit declared AIDS "God's punishment." Another proclaimed that "Hitler and his supporters were Satanists and homosexuals." Still another called openly gay U.S. representative Barney Frank "Barney Fag." And its newest addition has repeatedly...
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Nun to Be Found: Our Lady of 121st Street Spotlights Strong Actors and a Play That's Funny despite Its Flaws. (Theater Review)
Our Lady of 121st Street * Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis * Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman * Union Square Theatre, New York City (open run) Sister Rose was a mean drunk of an Irish nun schoolteacher in Harlem when she fell in the gutter and...
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Radiant Talent: Artist Keith Haring's Sexy, Successful, and Too-Short Life Is Celebrated in a New Musical. (Theater)
After every performance of the new musical Radiant Baby at the Public Theater in New York City, you can be certain to find people in the lobby who claim a link to the late artist Keith Haring. "Every day after the show," says actor Daniel Reichard,...
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Reno Calls 9/11: In Her New Concert Film, out New York Comic Reno Riffs on the Insanity of September 11
Reno: Rebel Without a Pause * Written and performed by Reno * Directed by Nancy Savoca * Seventh Art Releasing Many of us who live a teardrop away from ground zero--I won't presume to speak for my neighbors--emerged from 9/11 scarred with smugness...
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Snapshots of Queer Youth: A Photography Exhibit of Candid Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Young People Lives Up to Its Name: "Exuberance!" (Art)
Benjie Nycum and Mike Glatze will never forget the words their young gay friend Graham said as he lay in bed slowly dying of diabetes: "I think I personify the word exuberance." And they hope America won't be able to forget those words either. Activist-photographers...
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Split Decision: A Texas Judge Grants a "Gay Divorce," Giving the First Legal Recognition to Civil Unions outside Vermont. (Court)
Divorce is seldom a cause for celebration, but a case in Beaumont, Tex., has turned out to be about much more than a breakup. The divorce, which was granted March 3 by district court judge Tom Mulvaney, is very likely the first legal recognition of...
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The Men Behind QAF: Queer as Folk Executive Producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman Speak Frankly about What's PC and Who Responds Best to the Show
The Advocate: If there has been one overriding theme to the show, what has it been, in your view? Ron Cowen: As we said at the beginning of this venture, it really is the story of boys becoming men. You don't turn into a man overnight. It's a process...
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The Queer Report: Robert Gant and Peter Paige Say Queer as Folk Has Made Them Reassess Their Goals and Values. in a Candid Conversation, They Report on the Show's Evolution-And Their Own Progress in Bridging Their Inner Butch and Fem
It's a slate-gray, icy Sunday afternoon in Toronto, and light outside is obscure. Robert Gant wrapped a Queer as Folk night shoot at 7 A.M. and managed a few hours of sleep before trundling over to Hair of the Dog, a popular restaurant on Toronto's...
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Trials and Tribulations: Disappointing Results from the First-Ever Human AIDS Vaccine Trial Leave Researchers Asking What's Next. (AIDS Research)
Three years ago Mark Moreau, a young gay New York actor, saw an ad seeking volunteers for the first full-scale trial of an AIDS vaccine. Two of his close friends had recently tested HIV-positive, and "I just wanted to do something," he says. "I had...
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Walt Whitman High Point: A Dallas School for Gay Students Was on Its Last Leg When MTV Taped the New Documentary School's out, but Now Everything Is Looking Up. (Behind the Headlines)
Becky Thompson and Pamala Stone, two Dallas-area teachers, found inspiration in a troubling statistic--that over 80% of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students are verbally harassed at school--and six years ago established the Walt Whitman...
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We Love You, Auntie Cher. (Minority Retort)
"Why do gay people love Cher?" asked my best friend from college. He's straight, so naturally that makes me the expert on all things queer. I love being seen as some kind of a gay genius instead of the homo ignoramus that I am. Sometimes I just make...
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