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 9

Big Gay Following: New Feature:
He's funnier than Jennings, sexier than Brokaw, and at least as reliable as Rather. He's Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who has given America something to laugh about during an endless presidential election cycle. Not content with making mock of current...
Boo! We're Gay!
This Halloween I'm going as Condoleezza Rice. She's the scariest thing I can think of. I mean, here she is, a concert pianist right up there at the Miss America level, working for that cowpoke in the nest of vipers they used to call the White House....
Close the Curtain and Smile: In a New Book, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction Uses Photo-Booth Strips to Chronicle a Strange Year
The past year has been sweet for Dave Navarro, Grammy award-nominated guitarist of Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers fame. Last November he married former Baywatch babe Carmen Electra; their nuptials spawned MTV's hit reality show 'Til Death...
Does My Mom Hate Me?
My mom is Oregon state representative Donna G. Nelson from McMinnville, my hometown. She is Republican, and she just told me that she supports Measure 36, a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Oregon. As her gay son, I asked her several...
Driving Sales: Car Companies Find Success Advertising to Gay Consumers and Supporting Groups That Work for Equality
A decade ago, Subaru--the car company that has reached icon status among gays and (especially) lesbians--had no intention of specifically targeting gay consumers through its advertising or promotions. But when the company dewed into a massive project...
Five Alive: With Her Own New Live Album Climbing the Charts, Jazz Virtuoso Patricia Barber Tells Us about the Live Recordings She Loves Best
She's a bold and brilliant jazz pianist who also (in equal measure) sings, writes, and makes no bones about being gay. She took a couple of years off from recording when she was awarded a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in order to write a song cycle based...
Gay Men on the Pill
After 20 years, why don't we have a treatment that could help prevent you from getting HIV? I'm not talking about a vaccine, which most scientists consider a pipe dream against a diverse and constantly mutating retrovirus like HIV. I'm talking...
How Chucky Got Lucky: What Makes Those Monstrous Chucky Flicks Such Fun? Credit out Auteur Don Mancini and His Divinely Gay-Adjacent Leading Lady, Jennifer Tilly
When Universal Pictures received out gay director Don Mancini's first draft of Seed of Chucky, the sequel to his 1998 blockbuster, Bride of Chucky, its response was less than euphoric. "The studio said, 'It's too gay, it's too funny, and there's...
Kolbe's Quiet Fights: The Only Openly Gay Republican in Congress Has Taken the GOP's Christian Right Wing to Task-And Survived Politically
In February 2004 Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe--the only openly gay Republican in Congress--issued a scathing statement attacking the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. "An amendment to the U.S. Constitution to restrict marriages is not about...
Leslie Jordan's Wise Sass: The Hilarious Leslie Jordan, Foil of Will & Grace's Karen Walker, Hits the Stage with like a Dog on Linoleum, His Latest One-Man Show
"I always wake up exhausted." It's the morning after a benefit performance of Leslie Jordan's Like a Dog on Linoleum, his new one-man autobiographical play running at the Elephant Asylum Theater in Los Angeles through November 7, and Jordan says the...
Life after Iraq: Brian Hughes Helped Rescue Jessica Lynch from Her Iraqi Captors-Then He Rescued Himself from the Military's Antigay Policy
Tired of listening to his fellow servicemen in Iraq brag about their sexual exploits while he was forced to keep quiet about his own life, Army ranger Brian Hughes left the service with an honorable discharge in August and came out to everyone. Now,...
More Than Coffee and Sex
Three months two days, and 16 hours was the exact duration of my most recent relationship. At the time it ended last May, I probably could have counted off the minutes and seconds too. Perhaps I was a bit too absorbed. It was, after all, my longest...
Painting for His Life: Actor Thom Bierdz Rises above His Shocking Family Story to Begin a Bright New Career as an Artist
Showing me into his tranquil artist's studio on a perfect West Hollywood afternoon, Thom Bierdz is handsome, gracious, cool, and collected. His paintings are more emotive. A lot more, in fact; they cover file walls in a jungle of piercing colors, staccato...
Rupert's Return: Coming Back to the Advocate after a Nearly Seven-Year Absence, Rupert Everett Talks about Playing Stage Beauty's King in Drag, Trying to Make a Gay James Bond Movie, and Killing John Schlesinger
Rupert Everett is suddenly on a roll. He voices the foppish, hair-tossing Prince Charming in Shrek 2, the biggest hit of the year and the top-grossing animated film of all time. (It comes out on DVD on November 5, joining the just-released special...
Sexy Beast: Getting to Know the Two Sides of the Tough-as-Nails, Smooth-as-Silk Range Rover
"Follow that car," says the gatekeeper, pointing down the entrance lane at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine, Calif. Which car? The Range Rover, of course. With its distinctive lines, the mother of all SUVs is impossible to miss. At a base price just...
The Auto Repair Closet: Advocate Associate News Editor John Caldwell Is Ready to Admit That He Once Donned Overalls and Wielded a Socket Wrench, Though His Passion for the Engine Was Short-Lived
After a loud bang followed by the telltale thump, thump, thump of a flat tire flopping along pavement, I recently pulled my Honda Accord into the nearest parking lot mid called Triple-A road service on my cell phone. "I'm behind a taco stand on San...
The Diva, the Nurse, & the Bears: There's at Least Something to Love in Each of These Iffy New Fall Films
Callas Forever * Written by Martin Sherman and Franco Zeffirelli * Directed by Zeffirelli * Starring Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, and Joan Plowright * Here! Films There are two compelling reasons to see director Franco Zeffirelli's what-if? fantasia...
Unsigned on the Dotted Line: Six Great New CDs from Unsigned Queer Performers That Belong in Your Heavy Rotation
It's autumn, when a young musician's thoughts turn toward polities and love. A slew of new releases from independent out artists offers plenty to mull over long after the silly season of politics and family holidays has gone. Stomping Back on Fire...
Voting Bloc Party: How Did the Democratic Party Measure Up in Courting Gay Voters This Election?
Dining last year's run-up to the presidential primaries, Democratic candidates from Howard Dean to Al Sharpton spoke openly in favor of gay equality and courted gay and lesbian voters at events big and small. Then came the Democratic National Convention...