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 May 24

A Roy Cohn for Our Time? A Top Republican Political Strategist Marries His Boyfriend of 40 Years and Ignites a Debate about His Private vs. Public Life
One New York Times same-sex marriage notice in April wound up not in the paper's Weddings & Celebrations section but on the Washington pages, and it caused an immediate war of words between Republicans and Democrats. The couple in question are...
A Summer to Remember
My Summer of Love * Directed by Paul Pavlikovsky * Written by Pavlikovsky, based on the novel by Helen Cross * Nathalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine * Focus Features Anyone smitten with the obsessive love at the center of Peter Jackson's...
Civil Compromise: In Connecticut and Oregon, Lawmakers Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Back Civil Unions
Gay rights activists in Connecticut initially pushed lawmakers there to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. But when support for the idea was less than warm, they compromised on a civil unions bill. On April 20 the state's Republican governor,...
Coping in Mississippi
Name: Bri Brewer Age: 17 Hometown: Brookhaven, Miss. I attend Mississippi School of the Arts, a residential high school in Brookhaven, Miss., and I am openly lesbian. Because our school is on a historic campus that isn't completed, we must...
Escaping Abuse Overseas: Gay Men from Conservative Countries Are Winning the Right to Asylum in the United States
In January 2003, Wissam Abyad, an openly gay man in Egypt, arranged an in-person meeting at a Cairo McDonald's with a gay man he'd met via the Internet. The man claimed that he'd just moved to the area and wanted to meet other gay men. At 1 P.M....
Exploring Marsden: Rising Star James Marsden Talks about Skating with Drag Queens, His X-Men 3 Hopes, and Giving His All as a Sexually Conflicted Groom-to-Be in Heights
James Marsden is holding on to a few secrets about his new film Heights: "I don't want to ruin the plot for people." But he's up-front about the gay thing. "Sometimes I'll read something where a straight actor [playing gay] will get defensive and go,...
Fit to Serve: Openly Gay Sergeant Robert Stout Has Served His Country to the Fullest: He Was Injured during an Attack in Iraq and Awarded the Purple Heart. Now He's at the Center of a Congressional Effort to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
By the night in May 2004 that would forever alter Sgt. Robert Stout's life, he had become used to the dirty, dangerous, and sand-swept reality of fighting in Iraq. The 23-year-old--raised on a farm in rural central Ohio--was a few months into his job...
Gates Closed? Technology Giant Microsoft Has Found Itself on the Outs with Gays and Lesbians Who Once Praised It as a Leader in Corporate Equality
Microsoft Corp. has enjoyed a reputation as a leader in corporate equality for gay and lesbian employees. But it's an image that has proved fragile under the weight of a divisive political issue, and now the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant is...
Herbie and Her out D.E.B.S. Director Angela Robinson Careens into the Big Time at the Helm of Disney's Beloved Car in Herbie: Fully Loaded
Never underestimate the power of girls in little plaid skirts. While Angela Robinson's D.E.B.S.--the title of both her acclaimed short and her boisterously fun feature film--unapologetically featured a lesbian romance at its center, the films showed...
Hometown Hurt: Daniel Lippold Was Once One of Atwood, Kan,'s Strongest Defenders. That Was until Voters There Decided He Couldn't Get Married
Daniel Lippold used to defend his hometown of Atwood, Kan., and its nearly 1,300 citizens against those who described it as "hickville." Atwood is a special place, he would say, one where the food is homegrown and the people are friendly. He loved...
How Dangerous Is Benedict?
Maybe we should start by dispensing with the slurs. Benedict XVI is not a former Nazi; he's not Damien; he's not dumb. He's a deeply learned theologian with dozens of books and essays under his belt. It's also too crude to dismiss him as a homophobe....
Rants & Raves
"Justice Scalia has no pity for the millions of gay Americans on whom sodomy laws and official homophobia have such an effect, so it is difficult to sympathize with his brief moment of 'humiliation.'" --Excerpt from an open letter e-mail from New...
Skin Tight
Mysterious Skin * Directed by Gregg Araki * Written by Araki, based on the novel by Scott Heim * Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue * Tartan Films/TLA Releasing In Mysterious Skin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a career-making...
Still Living Dangerously: A New Documentary on Cable's Here Network Notes the Struggle of Gay Rights in Much of the World
Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World * Directed by John Scagliotti * Narrated by Janeane Garofalo * Here TV network * Premieres May 11 For gays and lesbians in the Western world, talk of political progress in a conservative-dominated...
The Bisexual Divide
What would be worse: if your girlfriend left you for a man or for a woman? Ever since I started dating my girlfriend, Meg, who has dated men in the past--not men she feigned desire for, like a closeted dyke might, but men she actually loved, both physically...
Think Globally, Protest Locally: That's Revolting! Author Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Whose Pen Name Is Mattilda) Provides a Handy Checklist of Items No Queer Activist Should Be Without
In 1992 at the age of 19, I was not naive enough to believe that voting for Bill Clinton would result in political change for the better; I bought the line that we had to "get Bush out." When Clinton succeeded in dismantling welfare to an extent that...
Tolerance and Tennessee: When a Group of Tennessee Kids Honored the Holocaust Dead, They Honored Gay Victims Too. Will They Change Hearts and Minds in Their Own State?
Probably the gayest thing to come out of Tennessee is Dolly Parton. This may be saying a lot, I especially when you consider this is the state that gave us Graceland, Lisa Marie Presley, the pampered ducks of the Peabody, Minnie Pearl, Cybill Shepherd,...
Tracey Ullman
Before she was a fabulous comedy chameleon, Tracey Ullman was a teen dancer touring with a gaggle of chorus boys. In her variety shows--the 1987-1990 Fox series The Tracey Ullman Show (which spawned The Simpsons) and HBO's Tracey Takes On ..., Ullman...
Unforgiven
Our Fathers * Directed by Dan Curtis * Written by Thomas Michael Donnelly, based on the book by David France * Starring Christopher Plummer, Ted Danson, Brian Dennehy * Showtime, debuting May 21 It's an unlikely subject for a two-hour movie: out...
We Asked, They Told
Austin Rooke Age: 34 Military job: Army intelligence officer Stationed in: Fort Meade, Md., (1995-1998), then Doha, Qatar, (2002-2003) after being involuntarily called back following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Left the Middle...