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 22

Andie Gibbs
Days after Hurricane Katrina, out lesbian Andie Gibbs jumped into her Nissan Sentra and chased down a Red Cross truck that was about to pass right through her tiny town of Ovett, Miss. Gibbs lives at Camp Sister Spirit, a lesbian-owned all-welcoming...
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Bi and Invisible
Bisexuals experience the world differently than people who are attracted exclusively to one sex or the other. It is difficult for those who are not bisexual to understand. I never know before it happens whether the next person I fall in love with will...
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Bittersweet Justice: In the Wake of the Gwen Araujo Trial, Activists Are Grimly Aware of How Difficult It Is to Obtain a First-Degree Murder Conviction When the Victim Is Transgender
As Gwendolyn Ann Smith organizes the seventh annual Transgender Day of Remembrance--set for November 20--the San Francisco activist is encouraged and pained by the outcomes in two recent murder trials involving the deaths of transgender women. In...
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Ellie Parker
Naomi Watts and fellow actor Scott Coffey became friends when both had small roles in 1995's Tank Girl. But while Watts had a breakout role in Mulholland Drive, Coffey got fed up with the acting grind and turned to writing and directing. Pal Watts...
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Fear of Phallic Queers
We may be "a gentle, angry people," as Holly Near once sang, but we won't be fully free until we also wield weapons righteously. For better or worse, virtuous aggression is the signifier of heroism in our culture. This is a myth of valor we are denied....
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Gay in the WNBA: Everybody Knows the League Relies on Lesbian Players and Fans. So Why Hide It? A Report from the Slow Road to Visibility
For the WNBA, lesbians are the six-ton elephant in the room--the one you're not supposed to notice. It's hard to imagine the league without lesbians, either on the court, in the stands, or even in the stadium club bars at halftime. But it seems that...
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Hasta la Vista, Arnold
I wrote some stuff for Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became political. His friends Dick and Lili Zanuck had taken on the widely coveted but strangely hard to fill job of producing the Oscars show, and I was the head writer. Nobody ever wants to appear...
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High-Tech
1 For the caffeinated, give them the best with a new addiction-aid gadget, the Nespresso Romeo ($799). It's air the foam and fun of an espresso machine but with Nespresso's easy-to-use capsule coffee system. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2 Here's the...
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Leaves of Glass: Gay Craftsmen Eric Markow and Thom Norris Create Unique Works of Art by Weaving Glass
"When we go to the shows, it's always the ladies who go, 'Oh, can I put bread in that?'" says Thorn Norris of the woven glass confetti bowl he created with his partner, Eric Markow. He laughs before adding, "And we say, 'Sure, if you want to spend...
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Men on Film: Leonard Maltin and the Advocate's Alonso Duralde Talk about Their New Movie Books, Coming out Just in Time for Stocking Stuffer Season
Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin gives his fans a twofer this holiday season, with his essential 2006 Movie Guide (Plume, $20) and the brand-new Classic Movie Guide (Plume, $20), which features more than 9,000 entries for films made through 1960....
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Mixner Goes to Yale-At Least on Paper
When longtime gay activist and political strategist David Mixner officially passes his personal archives to Yale University's Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies on November 3, he'll personify the growing trend of preserving of gay...
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Nick Carter
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has long appreciated that once the gays embrace you, they don't let go--no matter how many years the fivesome took off between albums (nearly five) or how many tabloid headlines they've generated (a lot). "Our gay fans are...
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Nuggets & Bites
"Just as some used Christian scripture to support African slavery, so today some use scripture to support homophobia, This is an abuse and misuse of the word of God. "Is it not extraordinary that we as Christians are opposing the rights of persons...
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Outspoken
I never fit in as a kid. When I was younger I mostly hung out with boys, catching frogs, snails, and snakes. But as I grew up, what once seemed OK suddenly made me different. Little by little my guy friends and I grew apart. I was a girl, so I was...
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Rape and Restraint
Homophobia among young people can lead to all kinds of physical violence. But while many education programs highlight gay bashing, not enough is being done to draw a connection between homophobic attitudes and rape. That's the position of an innovative...
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Red Eye to Eye Shadow: Hot off Rave Reviews from Summer Hits Batman Begins and Red Eye, Irish Actor Cillian Murphy Does Drag for Crying Game Director Neil Jordan in Breakfast on Pluto
Most men do serious grooming the day before their wedding. But it was the day after his wedding that actor Cillian Murphy began some serious primping--namely eyebrow-plucking and chest- and leg-hair removal worthy of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. "My wedding...
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She Is Our Champion: She Has Logged Every Superlative in the Basketball Record Books. Now WNBA Houston Comets Superstar Sheryl Swoopes Makes History Again, by Coming out about Her Happy Family Life with Her Long-Term Lesbian Love-And Signing with Olivia. and She's Only Just Begun
There are famous people, and then there are stars. Sheryl Swoopes is a star. Widely considered the greatest female basketball player in the history of the sport, Swoopes has augmented her great natural gifts with a drive that has led her Women s National...
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She's No Homophobe: Exclusive: How Stella Got Her Groove Back Author Terry McMillan Tells Her Side of the Story on Discovering Her Husband Is Gay, Going through a Tabloid Divorce, and Using the Word "Fag"
Author Terry McMillan embodies the American dream. She's rich and successful, a best-selling novelist whose devoted fans have made her books and movies commercial blockbusters. When the film version of her 1996 novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back...
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Survivor: Vatican: Under Pope Benedict XVI, the Roman Catholic Church Is Jumping at the Chance to Drive Gay Priests from Its Ranks. the Move Continues to Divide the Church
Gay men and lesbians who were wondering just how far Pope Benedict XVI would take his decades-old homophobic agenda had to wait only a few months: The Vatican is finalizing a document intended to renew its efforts to purge gay priests. Reportedly,...
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"This Is a Children's Ride!"
As we shipped off this issue with the amazing basketball star and working room Sheryl Swoopes on the cover, the Los Angeles Times was reporting on an angry dad in Lexington, Mass., outside Boston. David Parker is furious that his kindergartner brought...
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What Lies Beneath: Lesbian Director Angelina Maccarone Talks about Turning a Female Iranian Refugee into a Male German Factory Worker in Unveiled
If you think it's challenging to be a lesbian in the United States, imagine being gay in Iran. Then imagine that you leave that repressive country to seek asylum in Germany--but the country has tightened its immigration policy and won't accept you....
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Where Our History Lives: From New York to Minneapolis, Chicago to San Francisco, Gays and Lesbians Are Building Archives That Will Preserve Queer History for Future Generations
When noted explorer and anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum swung through Minneapolis on a book tour several years ago, Jean Tretter thought he'd ask the gay adventurer a simple question: What was his plan to ensure that future generations had access...
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