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 No. 736, June 24

10 Most Hated Books
Among gay and lesbian titles that have been banned, censored, and suppressed, these ten have earned special distinction For more than a hundred years, authors who have dared to write openly about homosexuality have faced book banning, public censure,...
Drag
It's fairly inflammatory for a smooth-voiced singer to do a concept album about cigarette smoking, and the reasons a smart songwriter would choose to piece it together from other people's material are hazy at best. But that's exactly the approach...
Drop Dead Gorgeous (A Tragi-Comedy): The Power of HIV-Positive Thinking
It's a truism that we all have at least one book in us--our own stories that just need to be written down. As for comedian Steve Moore, he had an hour-long cable special in him, and it's a gem. HBO's Drop Dead Gorgeous (A Tragi-Comedy): The Power...
Enter the Red Dragon
Gay life in Hong Kong has never been so dazzling. Chinese boys belt out Cantonese pop tunes in queer karaoke bars, frequent the city's sleek saunas, and cruise at chic haunts such as Propaganda and Petticoat Lane. But what if gay Hong Kong's idea...
"Goodbye to Berlin? 100 Years of Gay Liberation."(historical Exhibition)
Whatever your opinion of outing now, it was definitely not a good idea in 1907. Three top advisers to Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II were exposed as homosexual that year--and the result was a massive backlash against Germany's budding gay rights movement...
In Profile: E. Lynn Harris
E. Lynn Harris--he of The New York Times best-seller list and the 800,000-plus book sales--sits in a Chicago diner without drawing much attention, except from the Latino busboy who gives the handsome African-American a lingering once-over. Harris...
In Profile: Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson published her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, in 1985 at age 26. It made her an instant literary celebrity--and a lesbian hero too, after the BBC filmed her autobiographical tale. She is an adopted daughter of Pentecostals,...
In Profile: Scott Heim
Scott Heim is freaking out. Despite his cool demeanor, the 30-year-old writer admits he's worried that his just-published second novel, In Awe, won't receive the attention of his first. "It's too early to tell what will happen," he admits, "but I'm...
Male Bonding
What is the genuine spark between two people in a relationship? Does soul bonding take precedence over gender attraction in a lasting union? If so, here's a tough question: What is the relevance of homosexuality to love? Actor Anne Heche raised the...
No Limits
Gay politicians are finding that local voters care about leadership, not sexual orientation It should be no surprise that Jeffrey Prang decided to run for public office. As a kid in Warren, Mich., Prang knocked on doors for the Democratic Party and...
Penalty Phase
Hefty cash awards in recent bias cases could be a sign that juries are looking beyond a plaintiff's sexual orientation For a few hours this spring, Pinkerton Security and Investigation Services was effectively closed for business in Detroit. The...
Staying in Focus
Hollywood is interested in gay and lesbian film festivals, but the festivals are more interested in gays and lesbians When the unofficial season of lesbian and gay film festivals kicks off this month with events in New York City and San Francisco...
The Happy Couple
Spring this year was a gay social whirl--and not just for me, not even just for "my kind," but also for about 36 million other Americans who spent a week watching Ellen come out. And watching people watching Ellen come out. Camera crews prowled viewing...
The Road to Madness
Could a gay playboy from San Diego have left a bloody trail of bodies on a cross-country killing spree? On April 24 Andrew Cunanan was throwing himself a going-away party. Cunanan, a popular figure in San Diego's gay community, had told friends he...
The Sexual Blur
With straights falling for gays, lesbians dating men, and gay men in love with women, is anybody anything anymore? Just how important is sexual identity? When Anne Heche sat down next to her girlfriend, Ellen DeGeneres, on The Oprah Winfrey Show...
Too Little, Too Late?
Is the gay and lesbian movement reactionary? By that I mean, do we spend most of our energy reacting to our enemies, defending against attacks? Or do we dare to dream of real changes for the better, to believe in our own forward momentum? Can we muster...
You Can Go Home Again
Kevin Snow is on his knees, "rolling quarters," as he puts it, to come up with enough money to make it through the month. "We're all on the margins right now," he says, laughing, "but it sure as hell was worth it to get here. I wouldn't take back...