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 March 1

Abe and the Boys
Pssst. Abraham Lincoln was almost certainly gay. Did you know that? No, we have no strong evidence that he had sex with men. But we know the following things, thanks to an important and unfairly maligned book by the late C.A. Tripp, The Intimate World...
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Blazing a Trail for Lesbians: Bonnie Bleskachek Says Being an out Lesbian Firetighter Matters Much Less When You Reach the Rank of Chief
Bonnie Bleskachek likes to say the "universe has taken care of me all these years. "Indeed, in January the 15-year veteran of Minneapolis's fire department became the city's first female fire chief, and she is believed to be the only out lesbian fire...
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Bound for Baghdad: Heading to Iraq, Cameron, Age 22, Reflects on Leaving Behind His Boyfriend and the Dangers He'll Face
I joined the Air Force at age 19, right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When I signed up, I told my recruiter that I was gay. Would it be a problem? He said no--as long as I didn't talk about it. On the portion of my paperwork that asked if I was...
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Bridges to Travel: Celebrated Transgender Travel Writer Jan Morris Reflects upon Her Century of Sojourning the Ever-Changing Globe
Along with Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, author of over 40 books, is one of the most famous travel writers of our era. Born in 1926, she began life as James Humphrey Morris but from childhood felt that she was a girl. Though doctors had warned that a sex...
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Conquering Walls: Out Actor Alan Cumming Tells Us What It's like to Hike the World's Most Momentous Monument-All in the Name of Charity
I've never thought of myself as a trekker. Trekkers, I've 'always assumed, are people who spurn room service and give each other Swiss Army' knives for Christmas. Their rosy cheeks are caused not by martini consumption out icy mountain air or bug...
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Costa Rican Retirement
Q My partner and I (58 and 65) are thinking about emigrating, from the United States to Costa Rica, we've had little luck in locating specific information about how accepting the people of Costa Pica are with alternative lifestyles. Robert Kelly,...
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Deep Vacation: Scuba Diving in the Watery Wonderland of the Sea of Cortez, off of Baja California, Mexico
The slim moon slides over the horizon, and as we pull away from the bright lights of Cabo San Lucas, long narrow fish ride the boat's wake with streaks of silver arching across the spray I am on the top deck with a few other women I met just hours...
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Doing Fiddler Proud: How Does out Gay Icon Harvey Fierstein Become the Husband and Father of Fiddler on the Roof? Flawlessly
Fiddler on the Roof * Book by Joseph Stein * Music by Jerry Bock * Lyrics by Sheldon Hamick * Directed by David Leveaux * Minskoff Theater, New York City The initial annoucement rocked the New York theater world: When British stage and screen...
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Fighting for Security: As Congress Debates Social Security Reform, Will Gays and Lesbians Get a Seat at the Table?
With both chambers of Congress and the White "House firmly in conservative Republican control, the current debate over Social Security reform will not likely lead to any pro-gay provisions, such as survivors' benefits for same-sex partners. Instead...
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Gay Guide to the Oscars: There Are Queer Hooks to This Year's Academy Awards, If You're Willing to Dig a Little for Them
While gay auteurs Bill Condon (Kinsey) and Pedro Almodovar (Bad Education) find themselves not Oscar-nominated for the first time in several movies, there will still be a queer presence at the 77th annual Academy Awards. This list may not win you any...
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Greetings from Lesbianville U.S.A.: Grrrls, Goddesses, and Gloria Steinem! Northampton, Mass., Is the Sapphic Center of America, Tucked Away among New England Academia
In 1851 the famed diva Jenny Lind, known as the Swedish Nightingale, sang at the Academy of Music opera house in Northampton, Mass. Lind was so taken with the quaint New England town that she called it the Paradise of America. In 1992-141 years after...
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He Built the Future: Renowed Architect Philip Johnson Ended His 98 Years as an out and Sometimes Outrageous Gay Man
Not all that long ago, a young man who was gay and loved design was expected to become a decorator. Brick and concrete were for straight men; fairies were supposed to stick to furniture and fabrics. But for much of the 20th century, there was one glorious...
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How Do You Score?
With innumerable articles and e-mails assessing what our next steps should be after the drubbing we took on November 2--assuming that, like me, you didn't vote for a president who successfully used your desire to love as a wedge of hatred to ensure...
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Logan's Run: One of Hollywood's Hottest Screenwriters, the Aviator's John Logan Proves That You Don't Have to Be Straight to Write the Blockbusters
John Logan, a genial 43-year-old with a face like the map of Ireland, may not look gay--whatever that means--but neither does he look like the kind of alpha dog who'd come up with the screenplays for Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and this year's Oscar...
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Love Overseas: A Host of Legal Problems Can Ensure When You Try to Bring a Foreign-Born Partner Back Home to the United States
It begins as love always does. A casual glance, a smile on the edge of the mouth, that laugh of recognition. It's only the exotic setting that's different. But before you jump into a relationship with a sexy foreigner, think again. In fact, recent...
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New Threats to HIV Funding: The Bush White House Is Pledging to Send Billions to Fight HIV/AIDS around the World. Is It Turning Its Back on Those Infected in the U.S.?
As Washington lawmakers ready to hash out the country's budget for 2006, the Bush administration has vowed to spend $3.2 billion on international efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. While it'll help those who are struggling, especially in Africa, gay health...
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Power Players: Four Years after Founding POWER UP, Stacy Codikow and Friends Are Getting Respect
Back when Stacy Codikow was a production assistant on Cagney & Lacey, she was already trying to get women to pool resources and help each other succeed in the film business. Nobody would listen. They're listening now. In the four years since...
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San Francisco: Chasing Visions of Vertigo
ALFRED HITCHCOCK was infatuated with San Francisco, calling it the "Paris of America." No one ever captured the city's majesty and vulnerability as Hitch did in his haunting, hypnotic 1958 cinematic masterpiece of obsession, VERTIGO. Bay Area photographer...
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Seeking Catholic Acceptance
Faggot. Queer. Homo. White walls stained Fred with ink--the words were everywhere. I returned to my dorm room during my freshman year at Seton Hall University in northern New Jersey to discover that I had become the victim of a hate crime. That day...
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Sex and the Kinsey Guy: While Sexual Fluidity May Attract Talented Actors like Kinsey's Peter Sarsgaard, It Seems to Frighten Away Audiences-And Oscar Voters. the Actor and His Openly Gay Directors Speculate on Why
To understand Peter Sarsgaard's attitude about sex on the screen, look no further than the central scene from his most recent role, bisexual graduate student Clyde Martin in 2004's highly acclaimed but Oscar-snubbed Kinsey. In the sequence in question,...
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Sex and the Kinsey Guy: While Sexual Fluidity May Attract Talented Actors like Kinsey's Peter Sarsgaard, It Seems to Frighten Away Audiences-And Oscar Voters. the Actor and His Openly Gay Directors Speculate on Why. Hollywood's Attention
When Hilary Swank was preparing for her role in Million Dollar Baby--the award-winning film about a young female boxer--the actress turned to a real-life champ for pointers: lesbian professional fighter Ann Marie Saccurato. Swank, who won the 1999...
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Sitges, Spain: Europe's Playful, Scenic, Homofriendly "Provincetown Plus"
There's a little town on Spain's sunny Mediterranean coast that most American homosexuals (let alone garden-variety straights) have never heard of: Sitges (pronounced SEAT-jes). It's about half an hour south of Barcelona and has for years been something...
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Spain's Dark Past, Bright Future: Antonio Ruiz Was Imprisoned for Being Gay under a Brutal Spanish Regime. Now He's Watching His Country Approve Same-Sex Marriage Rights
In 1995 police stopped Antonio Ruiz in his barrio in the eastern coastal Spanish city of Valencia. Ruiz had forgotten his identification card, but he explained to the officials that he lived just around the corner. It seemed like an average checkpoint...
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The End of Exploitation
I recently heard that in Bali tourists are sold tickets to funerals. As soon as someone is on a deathbed, signs are hung up offering minivan services to the village in question--all aimed directly at foreigners who want to witness a real Balinese cremation...
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The Mayor of Casper Streets: Casper, Wyo., Matthew Shepard's Hometown, Now Boasts the State's First out Elected Official. but as Guy Padgett III Tells It, Being Gay Had Nothing to Do with Getting Elected
What does an openly gay 27-year-old from Wyoming--whose favorite hobbies including playing "The Simpsons Road Rage" on the Xbox and reading complex diplomatic histories of Renaissance-era Italian nation-states--do with his spare time? He becomes the...
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Tori Amos
"I'm drowning in serious questions," says a laughing Tori Amos, the innovative singer-songwriter whose career shot into orbit with the 1992 multiplatinum breakthrough Little Earthquakes. She's juggling phone interviews while heading toward a BBC radio...
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Travelscopes
TAURUS April 21-May 21 That brief journey back to the closet in early March may make good business sense but still feels wrong. To rebuild integrity you may want to plan a journey as far out of the closet as possible in the near future. GEMINI May...
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True Tales of a Hotel Card Dealer
Confessor: Christopher Allegra Location: Las Vegas Favorite industry films: Casino, Vegas Vacation Pet peeve: "People who complain that we're taking their money when they can get up and move to a different table or just not play." Any good tips...
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Under Morocco's Sheltering Sky: The Timeless Magnetism of the Desert Lures Modern Travelers into the Mysticism of an Ancient North African Land
"Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next moves slowly, over periods of years, from one of the earth to another. Those simple words forever...
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Where the Girls Are! in the New Book Dinah! Three Decades of Sex, Golf, and Rock 'N' Roll, the Debut Title from out Traveler Books, Michele Kort Digs Up the Sun-Kissed History of the Lesbian Phenomenon That Is Dinah Shore Weekend
I first heard of the Dinah Shore golf tournament in the early 1980s from filmmaker Donna Deitch of Desert Hearts fame. She had spent a Dinah weekend at a rented Palm Springs, Calif., house with the requisite 1950s backyard pool and a gaggle of barely...
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Why I Love Larry
I love Larry Kramer. More to the point, I respect him and am enormously grateful to him. I am really sick of people who, out of ignorance or stupidity or fear, criticize Larry for being a loose cannon. Do I agree with everything he has said? No. So...
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