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 August 16

An Education in Abstinence: How Can Two Gay Men Figure out Whether They're Eternally Compatible If They Can't Go All the Way? Well, Says Writer Joel Derfner, They Can't, Really
I met my first real boyfriend (by "real" I mean that there was a fourth date) when he played the villain in a musical I'd written based on The Count of Monte Cristo. Ben had a great voice and even better cheekbones--and, more important, he seemed not...
Crackdown on the Web
A newly expanded version of an old law may spell the end for many porn Web sites as well as sexy gay Internet personals. Under the federal government's stricter regulations, which took effect June 23, all Web sites with explicit adult content must...
Dream Girl: When Michelle C. Bonilla Plays a Lesbian Fantasy Woman in Getting to Know You, It's a Case of Art Imitating Life
If you're an ER fan, you've certainly seen Michelle C. Bonilla playing a paramedic who bursts through the doors of County General shouting something like, "BP 100 over 80, pulse ox 89, left leg crushed ..." Or, if you're a Trekkie, you know her as...
Fame or Flame: A Rundown of the Present Celebrity of Past Gay and Lesbian Reality TV Stars
An American Family (1973) Lance Loud Formed seminal punk band the Mumps with Kristian Hoffman; journalist and Advocate columnist in the 1990s; documentary A Death in an American Family aired a year after his 2001 death. FAMER-O-METER The Real...
Hooking Up, Finding Love: In a World Where Being Gay Has Challenges All Its Own, Finding Love Can Be a Difficult Task. in This Special Report We Asked Readers to Tell Us Where They Met - or Hoped to Meet - That Special Someone. Was It Just about Sex? or Was There Something More from the Start?
Brenda Vazquez Age: 23 Residence: Dorado, Puerto Rico Occupation: Human biology major at University of Puerto Rico Identifies as: Lesbian Relationship status: Partnered 6 1/2 years When I met my partner, Ana Maria, I lived with my parents. I was...
Hot Gay Summer
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Mark Twain wrote that, I've heard--probably in between fly swats somewhere on the Mississippi, sometime in July. San Francisco is probably the only place in the Northern Hemisphere right...
Nigella Lawson
Nigella Bites, Nigella Lawson's food program on the Style Network, is truly concerned with the joy of cooking, with Lawson herself a sort of cutinary embodiment of Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame, Already a superstar in England, Lawson is titillating...
Our "Deep Throat": Gay Lawyer Douglas Caddy Was the Original Lawyer for the Watergate Burglars - and Was, He Says, Targeted by the Government for Dirty Tricks. Did the Scandal Grow in Part from Homophobia?
At the end of May the world learned the solution to the biggest mystery of the Watergate scandal: Deep Throat, the anonymous tipster who leaked information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, was Mark Felt--the number 2 guy at the FBI. The...
Outspoken
As a young gay man who came out at 14 with the Internet as a resource, I have witnessed a change in sexual norms online. Up until recently even the mention of the word bareback would have caused controversy. Today, it seems users barely bat an eye...
Reichen's Return: Winning the Amazing Race Got Reichen Lehmkuhl $1 Million and a Measure of Celebrity. but Can an Openly Gay Reality TV Graduate Make It as an Actor? His New Project May Tell
Here's a new recipe: Write one horror film. Cast it with beautiful reality stars we either adore watching or hope to see disemboweled. Mix well in a house they all share during production. Simmer by filming the off-set bitch-slapping and backstabbing....
Same-Sex but Not "Gay": Many Teens and Young Adults with Same-Sex Attractions Don't Want a Label - Especially of the "Gay" or "Lesbian" Kind
Eve Lincoln, 19, lives in New York Windsor, N.Y., and dates women, but she doesn't call herself a lesbian. "I am in no category," says Lincoln, who is interning this summer for the information and educational technology division at the U.S. Military...
Scott Pomfret & Scott Whittier
The two Scotts--lawyer Pomfret and advertising whiz Whittier--have broken into the book industry big time with the romance novel Hot Sauce (Warner Books, $12.95). After self-publishing four books and setting up a Web site to promote them, the Boston-based...
Sex, Lies, and Teenagers: Abstinence-Only Sex Education Erases the Existence of GLBT Youth and Fills Kids' Heads with Untruths. Some Parents Have Had Enough
At a town hall meeting about sex education in Maryland public schools last March, Scott Davenport told the crowd he felt scared when he stood up to speak. "It just felt like you were a Jew in Germany in the 1930s," recalls the gay father of an eighth-grader...
Sexy Summer DVDs: Make the Dog Days Sizzle a Little Hotter with These New Videos. Whether You're into Young Ingenues, Stocky Dudes, or Just the Magic of Fred and Ginger, These Flicks Will Take Your Breath Away
Even though the sun is already doing a good enough job, thank you, of raising your temperature this summer, your home theater could do with a little steam heat of its own. Here are some suggestions for sexy videos to help raise the mercury on a sultry...
Taking the Plunge
It's time for gay men to be rid of a drastic misconception about their sex lives, a misconception they've inherited from straight people eager to apply gender stereotypes to sex between two males. It is not the top who wields all of the power in the...
Tell Her about It: How Do You Stay Close, Stay Hot, and Keep Bed Death Away from Your Door? Try This Secret Weapon
As a young lesbian I was notoriously afraid of bed death. My experience taught me that desire between two monogamous people was doomed to die a slow death by boredom. My intuition, however, told me otherwise. There had to be a way to reconcile lasting...
The Hottest Spot Online: The Explosively Popular - and Free - Craigslist Attracts Both Gay Men and Lesbians by the Thousands. but the Guys and Gals Aren't Generally Looking for the Same Things
On a recent Monday in June in Austin, the local Craigslist "women seeking women" page lists 41 posts. Six of them concern the relative merits of plain or puffed Cheetos. Nine hash out the consequences of a bar's recent closing. Three women discuss...
The Politics of Fur: After a Decade or Two in Which the Ideal Queer Body Image Included a Visit to the Waxing Salon, Body Hair Is Beautiful - to Some, Anyway. Are We on the Verge of a Fur Revolution?
It's easy to follow the gay hairline of the past 50 years. In the '50s lean, hairless muscle boys posed for "health" magazines. The '60s gave us the Cockettes, who with their long hair, beards, and fuzzy bodies underneath pounds of drag epitomized...
The Reality of Gay Sex
Politically speaking, my favorite openly gay reality TV stars are the couples. A few days before they flew to Ottawa, Canada, to get legally married, Amazing Race contestants Lynn Warren and Alex Ali dropped by Hollywood for lunch with The Advocate's...
They Can't Tear Their Eyes Away; the Far Right Is Obsessed with Gay Sex. by Making It Seem Dirty and Shameful, They Raise Millions to Defeat Laws Protecting Gay Men and Lesbians
Sex sells. And in the current heated political environment, conservative Christians peddle the nitty-gritty of gay sex in the same way that Tolstoy wrote a book: with ponderous detail and pure fiction. Religious-right groups are fascinated with gay...
Too Sexy for Saving Lives? Right-Wing Politicians Are Targeting Sexually Frank HIV Prevention Programs and Materials. but AIDS Advocates Aren't Backing Down from What They Say Is an Effective Approach
Late one evening in April, Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer quietly crept to the front line of the conservative war on gay sexuality. As his fellow St. Paul legislators hammered out an otherwise unremarkable state budget, Emmer, a freshman representative...
Tunes for Gettin' Busy
The days when Ravel's Bolero or Roxy Music's "Avalon" were surefire aural accoutrements for getting hot and heavy are long gone. So how to spice up your summer soundtrack? The Advocate asked six queer musicians what they pop in the CD player when they...
We Love Short Shorts: This Summer, Lesbian Filmmakers Are Kicking out Their Ya-Yas in Sexy Short Films Where the Action Is Hot and the Stories Hit Home
They're sweet, sexy, poignant, or funny as hell. Sometimes they're downright hot. And they won't take more than 20 minutes of your time--although the good ones resonate much longer. They're short films made by and about lesbians. Your best chance to...