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 July 5

106 Years of "Born That Way": From 1899 until Just Last Month, Scientific Evidence of the Biological Roots of Sexual Orientation Has Continued to Grow
1899 Germany's pioneering researcher Magnus Hirschfeld writes that being gay or lesbian is biologically determined. 1991 A study of twins reveals that genes and biology are markers for homosexuality. Researchers find that 52% of identical...
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10 Gay Adventures of a Lifetime
In the immortal words of Auntie Mame: "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" There's no time like the present to taste the great adventures this little blue planet has to offer. We gays have always been known for our trailblazing...
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All Systems Go for Logo: MTV Networks Plans to Launch Its Gay and Lesbian Channel in June. Is Basic Cable Ready?
As a closeted kid growing up in the Midwest, MTV Networks' Brian Graden "could never in a million years have dreamed" that there would one day be a national channel targeted exclusively at GLBT viewers, he says. Not only is this happening with the...
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"A Particularly Vicious Kind of Hypocrisy": How Do Gay Politicians like Spokane, Wash., Mayor James West Justify Their Vocal Support for Antigay Policies-Even after They've Left the Closet?
"I'm being destroyed because I am a gay man." In an era when preachers and politicians regularly demonize gays and lesbians in an effort to rally their supporters and consolidate their power, this is not a surprising complaint. But when the complaint...
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Art Dealer Kenny Goss
Growing up around Dallas, Kenny Goss had his only real exposure to art through free prints his mother would bring home from the grocery store. It wasn't until the now-46-year-old former sporting goods company director met pop megastar George Michael...
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Avoiding Jet Lag
Ideally, you should come back from a vacation feeling refreshed, even invigorated, but no matter how long you lollygag poolside with cucumber-covered eyes, one thing can get in the way of your best-laid plans: the ugly specter known as jet lag. According...
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Backpacking Basics
Q My Boyfriend and I are going to the Great Smoky Mountains on multi-day hike, we're wondering if you have any suggestions on the best to pack backpack? TIM HILL, Seattle Almost experienced backcountry backpackers will tell you one main thing:...
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Brighton, England: The Historically Gay U.K. Seaside Resort Is One of the Queerest Sports in Europe
"Brighton," one of my students in Essex sneered when I told him I was moving here. "Isn't that the gay capital of England?" A mere 50 miles due south of London, Brighton has always been a convenient seaside resort for libertines. As far back as the...
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David Myers
A soft-spoken psychology professor and an elder in the Reformed Church in America, David Myers seems an unlikely person to be calling on conservative Christians to welcome same-sex marriage for the good of everybody. But with coauthor Letha Dawson...
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Extending a Hand to Global Gays
I recently received an e-mail from the 27-year-old leader of Senegal's gay organization. He told me he was in grave danger ever since the local press in Senegal had outed him. He was in hiding, trying to escape the country by fleeing into a neighboring...
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Extreme River Snorkeling: When Crossing Paths with a School of Ovulating Salmon, You Have to Learn to Go with the Flow
As my boyfriend and I headed to the charming town of Campbell River, Canada, on Vancouver Island, the self-proclaimed salmon capital of the world, we pondered the existential question posed by the futility of the salmon's life journey: We were there...
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Fantasy Island
Tucked away in the quiet Carribean nation of Turks and Caicos lies Parrot Cay, 1,000-acre private island getaway where celebrities and elite travelers go to lounge, spa, swim, luxuriate, and chill out. THE LUXE LIFE Cooling off poolside at Lotus...
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Fighting for Our Stories
Some of the editors at East Bakersfield [Calif.] High School's student paper, The Kernal, are graduating this year, but that hasn't derailed their commitment to see that a series of articles on gay students eventually gets published in the paper. In...
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Florida Sprees Halted?
When Jason Galehouse, 26, went missing from a gay nightclub in December 2003, he was finishing up his first semester studying interior design in Tampa, Fla. "He was a florist, he had a beautiful voice, sang really well, everybody liked him," says longtime...
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Ford Stands Fast
The Jaguar is a much bigger threat than the mouse. No, that's not the advice of some animal expert. It's the conclusion of the notoriously antigay American Family Association, which ended its nine-year boycott of the Walt Disney Co. on May 23 and launched...
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Full Bloom: A Hoosier Returns to His Home State of Indiana to Explore the College Town of Bloomington's Newly Publicized Gay Side
What do James Dean, Michael Jackson, Florence Henderson, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Manson have in common? They're all Hoosiers like myself, raised in Indiana. In April I flew from my home in New York City to Bloomington...
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Gay, in Other Words
"That is so say" has become the latest formerly forbidden but now acceptable--like, totally--mark of social criticism among straight people. Not older ones--they still sort of harrumph when this sort of thing comes up. But younger ones adore saying...
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Golden Rules for Traveling with HIV: Key Guidelines and Precautions for the Positive Traveler to Make Vacationing Easily Enjoyable, Not Life-Threatening
Travel can be rejuvenating, which is why Celi Adams, RN, the founder and clinical director of San Francisco's Center for Caregiver Training, heartily recommends getaways for her HIV-positive clients. But her encouragement comes with an important caveat:...
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Greetings from Your Home Town
CANCER June 21-July 22 Lately you've felt like a Log Cabin Republican deciding whether to support Bush. Now let the new you emerge from your shell (even if the cash flow's a trickle). Heck, come out to your family if you haven't already. Regardless,...
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Hollywood Confidential: Oh, My Gay Stars! the Next Best Thing to Celebrity-Spotting Is Hob-Nobbing around Their Old Haunts
1 At tiny DeLongpre Park, two blocks south of Sunset Boulevard and three blocks east of Highland Avenue, two memorials are dedicated to Rudolph Valentino, Hollywood's first sex (and sexually ambiguous) symbol. 2 This beautiful two story red brick...
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Lisa Kudrow
"The hardest thing in the world after you've been on a successful sitcom is to go back and do another one," notes Lisa Kudrow, but if the first few episodes of HBO's The Comeback are any indication, the Friends star is doing just fine. A reality-show-with-in-a-sitcom...
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Mike Gin
Redondo Beach, Calif., mayor-elect Mike Gin knows a thing or two about having mud slung at you. In the final days before a May 17 runoff election, a far-right political action committee mailed a flier to 6,000 homes accusing Gin, a Republican, of being...
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"Mom, I Kind of like Him."
When I was 10 I asked my mother to buy me two record albums for my birthday. Two movie musical soundtracks (first clue). One was for the Oscar-winning Oliver!--a respectable enough choice, even today. The other was for the low-budget kids' film Pufnstuf,...
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Murder in Missouri: A Year Ago a Say College Student with Big Dreams Fell Victim to His Secret Policeman Lover. How One Man's Closet Destroyed Two Lives and Left a Community in Shock
Once free, Jesse Valencia intended never to return to his fire-and-brimstone hometown in the hills of Boyle County, Ky., for more than brief family visits. Being gay, vocally liberal, and nonreligious constituted three kinds of blasphemy in central...
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Outspoken: Joseph Amodeo
As I open my car door I begin to fill with anxiety. I slowly get out and approach the main building at Marlboro High, a very conservative-minded school in southern New York State. Inside I know I have friends as well as those who want to make my life...
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Philadelphia Freedom: The City of Brotherly Love Celebrates One of the First U.S. Gay Rights Demonstrations
Last summer a television spot from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, the first gay TV ad for a U.S. travel destination and the second such effort (after Orbitz) by a company not owned by gay people to explicitly target gay viewers,...
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Piazza Delivery
The Light in the Piazza * Performed by Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, and Matthew Morrison * Nonesuch If Monty Python's Spamalot is this Broadway season's blockbuster--like The Producers, an entertaining yet overhyped megahit musical comedy--The...
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Queer Kid Camps: Youngsters and Teens from Queer Families Get a Summer Recess from Homophobia
"These kids have to come out every day;" says Holly Wagg, president of the Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization that oversees inclusive Camp Ten Oaks. "It could just be someone saying 'Let's draw a picture of our families!' and you're in kindergarten,...
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Raising a Racket with Martina Navratilova: The Legendary Lesbian Tennis Star Talks about Her New Role as Olivia's Spokeswoman and Dispatches Travel Wisdom from Years on the Sports Circuit
Martina Navratilova showed up on the tennis scene in 1973 as a shy, chubby-cheeked Czechoslovakian teen. More than three decades later, the outspoken, iconic, adopted American citizen--who learned English, defected, and came out with the world watching--is...
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Reclaiming Jamaica's Gay Past: Cross-Dressing Pirate Heroes and Gay-Friendly Reggae Gods-True Caribbean Culture Contradicts the Homophobia of Dancehall Music
For heterosexuals, Jamaica is a kind of heaven, but for gays and lesbians, it may seem like paradise lost. In the past few years there's been much talk on the radio, in newspapers, and in magazines about dancehall--a kind of hip-hoppy descendant of...
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Sarah's in the Kitchen
"Am I the only gay chef on TV?" asks Sarah Carey with humorous incredulity. "I am unique," says the chef by phone. She's taking a break from shooting Everyday Food, a cooking show from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia that premiered earlier this year...
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Scents and Sexuality: This Spring's Breakthrough Study on How Gays and Straights Respond Differently to Human Smells Is Only the Latest in a Long Line of Studies Suggesting a Genetic Link to Sexual Orientation
Chicago's Lake View. Known to many as "Wrigleyville," the north side neighborhood serves as Chicago's sports mecca, where the Cubs play hardball in the Friendly Confines. And it's known to many more as "Boystown" because it serves as the city's vibrant...
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Still Here, So Sorry
I'm sorry. It has taken me a long time to say this, but it's time: I'm sorry. It's been almost 12 years since I became infected with HIV, and I haven't died yet. I haven't even had the decency to get sick. I am a walking, talking advertisement for...
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The Player's Girlfriend: First Person: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
On the outskirts of Bristol, England, there is a small soccer stadium called Mangotsfield, a place so remote that most locals have not heard of it. During a four-month period earlier this year, this is where I spent my Sunday afternoons. Huddled in...
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The Sapphic Circuit: Why Is the Gay Male Circuit a Bit Past Its Prime While Women's Events Are Just Heating Up?
Scantily clad queers are crowding massive dance floors around the world. Circuit party attendance is steadily increasing. DJs are getting jet lag like never before. It sounds like a flashback to 2000, the peak of the gay mile circuit scene, but this...
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Tiger by the Tale: Out Thai Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Please, Call Him "Joe") Rocked Cannes with His Soldier-Boyfriend-Tiger Romance Tropical Malady. Now U.S. Audiences Will Get a Look
Young Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul blames his film career for not having a boyfriend. Talking in San Francisco recently on the occasion of a U.S. retrospective in his honor, he explains, "I think guys are afraid of me because to be with...
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True Tales of a Traveling Comedian
Confessor: Suzanne Westenhoefer Favorite travel film: National Lampoon's Vacation ("Because it is exactly what happens--except for the almost-sex with Christie Brinkley in the pool.") Pet peeve: Taking off my shoes at the airport. ("Most likely I am...
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Volunteering Green on Vacation: In Our First in a Series Exploring the Boom in Volunteer Vacations, We Explore How Travelers Are Donating Their Holiday Time for the Good of the Environment
Vacations are a time to escape from work, whether by spending all day on the beach or all night at the clubs. So you might think the last thing that busy people would do with their precious time off is volunteer their labor. But every year thousands...
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Why I Love Jan Crouch: Author and TV Writer Christian McLaughlin Explains His Obsession with the Elaborately Tressed TBN Evangelist
Jan Crouch is Tammy Faye on crystal meth. You can't take your eyes off her because you cannot believe that someone who looks and sounds that much like a parody of religious TV is not only 100% real but also has inspired millions of devoted cash-tithing...
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WorldPride Holy Land: The Conflict-Heavy Center Point of Three World Religions Is Gearing Up for the Second Global Pride Festival
Although Israel is a fixture in the world's news headlines, thousands of newsmakers of a very different kind will be among the throngs of locals and tourists in Jerusalem celebrating the second-ever WorldPride event from August 6 to 12--a six-day festival...
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