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 October 26

A Bishop's Battle: Jon Bruno Has Been Fighting for Gays and Lesbians in His Church for Many Years. Now He's Fighting to Hold the Church Together
Overwhelmingly opposed to the pro-gay stance of Los Angeles Episcopal bishop J. Jon Bruno, leaders of three Southern California churches in August voted to remove themselves from his diocese and from the Episcopal Church. Clergy and congregants at...
Alp Wanted!
Here's The Out Traveler grand Heidi tour of four "Swish Alps" resorts and their queer quotient. Switzerland may be itsy-bitsy, but she packs a winter wallop. ST. MORITZ ENGELBERG THE 411 Not as ritzy as Gstaad, but Small, peaceful,...
Amsterdam: This Proud Enclave of Liberalism Holds Its Own into the 21st Century
Amsterdam is one of the last honestly handsome cities in Europe. I return every spring to a 17th-century canal-front rental on the golden bend of the Herengracht. Despite the capital's tired sex and drugs reputation, my western side of the city feels...
An Unmannerly Pre-Election Day Splenetic
Everyone knows everything and yet here we are. This is a transparent election. The Bush administration is red-meat reactionary. We all know that; and we all know the Kerry administration will be as liberal as the senator himself has always been, more...
Big Gay Following:
You loved her as the devoted manicurist in the Legally Blonde movies, as the soup-liking millionaire's wife in Best in Show, and as the long-suffering hairstylist for a parade of whinning gay men in The Broken Hearts Club. Lucky Dos Angeles theatergoers...
Bloggers Get Active: From BlogActive's Powerful Outing Campaign to Diary Entries That Build Fan Bases, the Voices of Gay Bloggers Are Louder Than Ever
Washington, D.C., activist Michael Rogers was having trouble containing his glee. His campaign outing several Republican congresspeople and their staffers had gained notice across the country, garnering stories in some of the nation's most influential...
Broadway Bares All: PBS's Six-Hour Documentary on the Great White Way Is More Than Just Another Op'nin', Another Show
Broadway: The American Musical * Produced and directed by Michael Kantor * Written by Kantor and Laurence Maslon * PBS * October 19-21, 9 P.M.-11 P.M. Eastern (check local listings) At six hours, the new PBS documentary Broadway: The American Musical...
Brothers to the Max: Brother to Brother Star Anthony Mackie Talks about How He and the Film's Gay Director Pushed It to the Limits
"Every screening we have of Brother to Brother," says Anthony Mackie excitedly, "the biggest compliment--or the funniest comment--I get is that people meet me and say, 'I can't believe you're not gay.' Now, that's a huge compliment. I've served my...
Bush's Betrayal: By Welcoming Gay and Lesbian Republicans into the Party, George W. Bush Earned 1 Million Gay Votes in 2000. Four Years Later, Many of Even the Most Faithful Gay Republicans Have Deserted Him
During the 2000 presidential campaign, "a lot of us gay Republicans thought Bush would make gay issues [into] nonissues," says Steve May, a former Republican state representative from Arizona. "I thought Bush would put a muzzle on theocrats who didn't...
Challenging Masculinity: A Rise in Male-on-Male Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Is More about Homophobia Than Sexual Favors
In a year when one governor described state legislators as "girlie men" and another resigned trader threat of a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former male aide, it may come as no surprise that male-on-male sexual harassment is on the rise in the...
Dear Governor McGreevey
Alec Mapa here. As America's Gay Asian Sweetheart, I thought it was my duty to officially congratulate you on coming out. Welcome to the party! The minute someone comes out, I know the first thing they need is emotional support. I learned this during...
Dude Looks like a Lady: TBS's Reality Show He's a Lady Will Put 11 Brawny Straight Guys in Touch with Their Feminine Sides
"This is a lighthearted show. There is no twist, no mean spirit," says Douglas Ross, one of the executive producers of new TBS reality series He's a Lady. On the heels of Boy Meets Boy, Playing It Straight, and the never-aired Seriously, Dude, I'm...
East African Eden?
Freddie Mercury's birthplace has enchanted many a gay traveler--and though a new law banning gay sex has led several gay tour companies to advocate for an outright boycott of the Zanzibar islands, the gay-owned Emerson & Green Hotel in Stone Town...
Enemies of the States: As Part of a National Right-Wing Get-out-the-Vote Effort, an Unprecedented Number of State-Level Marriage Bans Will Go before Voters on November 2 and Are Expected to Pass. Are We Losing the Battle for Equality?
Several days after Hurricane Ivan slammed into the state, Louisiana voters turned out to slam marriage rights for same sex couples. During a special election on September 18, 78% of residents voted to approve a state constitutional amendment that not...
Hiding among the Bushies: Barry Hayes Took a Job in Bush's Reelection Effort without Mentioning He's Gay. Turns out His Coworkers Needed No Excuse to Spew Homophobia
Entering my new workplace in Bakersfield, Calif.--a firm that does fund-raising and consulting for the state Republican Party and George W. Bush's reelection bid--I see a cardboard Arnold Schwarzenegger happily lifting two children into the air. Nearby,...
HIV and Travel: The World May Not Be Your Oyster When You Roam Openly as HIV-Positive
Travis Sherer isn't willing to risk being possibly denied entry to Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Togo, or Burkina Faso because of being HIV positive when he begins a four-month visit later this year. The New York City resident plans to ship his antiretroviral...
It Hasn't Gone Away
My boyfriend and I had dinner with a good friend of ours recently at a quaint French-American restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. With its dark wood paneling and built-in wine racks, the restaurant harks back to another time. It's good to know...
Kerry for Doubters
So you have doubts, about John Kerry. Believe me, you're not alone. It's hard to be psyched up by a candidate who opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment but supports the one that may appear on the Massachusetts state ballot in 2006. That's not exactly...
Kerry's Plan for Gay America: An Estimated 4 Million Gay and Lesbian Voters Could Determine the Outcome of Perhaps the Closest Presidential Race in U.S. History. in an Exclusive Interview, John Kerry Makes His Case for the Gay Vote
Down a hallway guarded by a handful of Secret Service agents, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry sits in a small conference room at a long table shuffling through paperwork. He has just finished rallying a room full of senior citizens in...
Le Tigre Purrs and Roars: With an Accessible and Energetic Major-Label Debut, the Feminist Trio Seems Poised For-Gasp!-Mainstream Success
This Island * Le Tigre * Strummer/Le Tigre/Universal It's hard to resist taking a side in the "Are they selling out or aren't they?" debate that has arisen over pro-queer feminist electro-punk band Le Tigre's decision to sign to a major label last...
Lewis Loved Clark? Intriguing Hints Abound about America's Historic Trailblazers
In May 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, America's most famous same-sex coupling, led 45 men up the Missouri River with the purpose of exploring the newly acquired lands of the Louisiana Purchase and the goal of reaching the Pacific Ocean....
Lipstick Los Angeles: The L Word and Go Fish! Writer and Actor Takes a Stab at Defining a Lesbian Category in This City of Gorgeous Hollywood Women
The term lipstick lesbian was, I believe, coined in the early '90s, and as far as I'm concerned, it was an extremely backhanded compliment to lesbians from our friends in the media. It basically said, "Look, world! Lesbians aren't ugly anymore!" And...
Now Boarding! You Too Can Take the Ups, Downs, Twists, and Turns of Snowboarding like a Pro
The blazing sun over Breckenridge, Colo., is invigorating. It's March 20, and I'm hurtling down an icy hill at 40-plus miles per hour on a piece of wood barely wider than a skateboard, attempting to push aside doubts placed in my head by cultural taboos...
Pacific Passions
Q My partner and I bought three acres on Hakalau Bay in Hawaii and are planning on building on the property. I own a Catalina 36-foot sailboat, and I've wondered about sailing the Pacific. We want to sail from Long Beach, Calif., to Hawaii next summer...
Peachtree's Players: The Gay Couple Behind the Atlanta Stage Phenomenon Peachtree Battle Cast a Satiric Eye in Every Direction
It doesn't take much to stoke the imaginations of John Gibson cud Anthony Morris. Indeed, it was an off hand comment from a real estate agent that led them to create one of Atlanta's biggest artistic successes. During a tour of the tony neighborhood...
Props to a Gay Hero: Duane Boutte Talks about Bringing the Harlem Renaissance to Life in the Person of out Poet Bruce Nugent
"Both of the films I've done have been set in the past--yet they're both about right now," says out actor Duane Boutte. "It's pretty fascinating." His first film was Stonewall (1995), in which Boutte played the sassy drag queen Bostonia. Now, nine...
Return of the out Rock Icons: The Long-Awaited Reunion of American Music Club and the Hidden Cameras' Sophomore Effort Both Yield Delight
Love Songs for Patriots * American Music Club * Merge Mississauga, Goddam * The Hidden Cameras * Rough Trade By the time Toronto indie rock ensemble the Hidden Cameras caught the public ear with 2003's The Smell of Our Own, American Music Club who...
Rufus of Montreal: Viewing Canada's Multicultural Mecca through the World-Weary Eyes of Its Native Queer Bard
In "Oh What a World," one of the rapturous tracks on Rufus Wainwright's album Want One, the singer-songwriter asks, rhetorically, "Why am I always on a plane or a fast train?" He goes on to lament that he's "always traveling but not in love." Wainwright...
Six Who See the Future: Meet the Next Generation of Silicon All-Stars-Gay and Lesbian Innovators and Entrepreneurs Whose Work Is Rocking the Digital World
(1) Tom Gerace Founder, BeFree.com and SupportEquality.org; Boston Gerace laughingly describes himself as a "serial Internet entrepreneur." The 33 year-old started his first Web-based company in 1996: online marketer BeFree, which provided advertising...
The Politics of Change
It's election season, but one in which everyone seems especially on edge. The current political atmosphere is one of extremes, with much at stake regardless of where on the spectrum of politics you reside. Our battles may still rage overseas, but Americans,...
The True Tales of a Cruise Ship Entertainer
Confessor: Matt Yee Location: Based in Honolulu Favorite industry film: Titanic Pet Peeve: "I hate leaving my boyfriend of 10 years onshore. It sucks." Do you ever get seasick? I got seasick on my first night of my very first cruise. I...
Top 10 Gay Travel Movies of All Time
Perfect 10 Best Queer Travel Movies of All Time You can't go wrong with gay travel movies--except for Boat Trip--because they have so much going on in them that they make straight ones, look positively homebound. Gay people are already outsiders...
Travelscopes
ARIES March 21-April 20 It's quality and quantity in mid November. But by December everyone in town knows your "rediscovering my gay identity" spiel, so you need a fresh audience for it to retain its seductive power. Maybe Telluride, since those ski...
What's New, Buenos Aires? Don't Cry for the "Paris of South America." She's Rebounded after a Peso Plummet and Is as Sophisticated and Stylish as Ever
The first time I met Gabriel Miremont, the gay curator of the Museo Evita, he told me a mysterious story of a late night ironing one of Evita Peron's dresses for a display. "There was suddenly this sweet smell, but I thought I was imagining it," he...
Whitehorse & Frozen Dreams: Revisiting the Arctic of His Youth, a Canadian Writer Finds His Way Home
I grew up in Canada's Arctic area but haven't been up there since I left, by myself, at age 17. But I do return there in dreams, where I wander the streets of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, the snow along the curb as high as...