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 14

Adoption Day
The judge speaks, you, everyone, for being here today. I know this is a very, very happy occasion to make this family permanent and legal, and we will ... terminate this case out of the system so that this child is going to grow up in a long, warm,...
Are Two Games Better Than One?
"Where ya from?" The achingly gruff voice of Harvey Fierstein echoed through Yankee Stadium as a parade of gay and lesbian athletes flowed ever so slowly around the field. The playwright and actor had been left on this grand stage without any lines,...
Breaking the Mold: These Top Executives Used Their Influence to Help Bring Equality to Their Workplaces-As Well as Their Communities
DEAN HANSELL OCCUPATION: Managing partner COMPANY: LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, & MacRae LLP AGE: 53 RESIDENCE: Los Angeles HOMETOWN: Salem, Ohio RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Partnered with Jason Murakawa for 13 years Dean Hansell experienced...
Chad Allen's Not Sorry
The evangelical Christian blogosphere ricocheted with outrage in mid January. The casting of out actor Chad Alien as real-life Christian missionary Nate Saint in the film End of the Spear was "like Madonna playing the virgin Mary," fumed the Reverend...
Christine Quinn
In January, Christine Quinn was elected to one of the most powerful positions in New York City government: speaker of the city council. She is the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the office. A Democrat representing Manhattan's gay-heavy...
Different Games, Familiar Hurdles: Organizers of This Summer's Two Competitions for Gay Athletes Say They've Learned Their Lessons So the Events Will Be Profitable Now and Viable for the Future
Hector L. Torres, who will be competing in the triathlon at Chicago's Gay Games this summer, has jumped over his share of hurdles to get to where he is today. He was a severely overweight teenager with a high-pitched voice who had trouble fitting in...
Do We Hate Back? This Gay Ex-Baptist Rejects Moderation and Advises a Simple Strategy against the Far Right: Stay Angry
"Where do I put this fire? Where do I put this burning rage of fire inside me? Who the fuck do I lash out at? Mother? Preacher? God? I need to lash out. I need to blame someone." That's a quote from my play Southern Baptist Sissies. The hero of...
Duck Season
* Directed by Fernando Eimbcke * Starring Diego Catano * Warner Independent Pictures Writer-director Fernando Eimbcke's strange and minimalist Mexican import Duck Season (Temporada de Patos) is also slyly and subtly queer. In a Mexico City apartment...
Faith of His Father: After Rural Say Activist Nathan Christoffersen's Sudden Death, a Fundamentalist Funeral Erased His Sexuality. but His Passing Is Having an Unexpected Effect: Bridging the Gap between Say and Antigay-Beginning with Nathan's Own Father. Part 1 of a Two-Part Special Report on Religion and Homophobia
The North Tower Circle sits on a short connecting road between two one-way streets on the edge of Fresno's predominantly gay Tower District. Surrounded by small businesses and old bungalow homes, it's one of only four gay nightclubs in this conservative...
Harry Hamlin: One Can Talk about the "Risk" the Stars of Brokeback Mountain Took in Accepting Their Roles, but for Rising Star Harry Hamlin in 1982, Playing an out Gay Man in Making Love-And Having a Full-On Love Scene with Michael Ontkean-Was Truly Risky. Now That This Gay Classic Is on DVD, We Had a Chat with the Still-Smoldering Hamlin
I attended the 20th anniversary screening at UCLA a couple of years ago, where you spoke afterward, and it was a shock to me how bold Making Love was. It got a bad rap over the years for being very safe, but I think Making Love really pushes it, as...
Hello from All of Us!
Dear Everyone, First of all, please forgive me for not getting this Christmas letter to you sooner. Ever since Harold and I were named parents of the year by the Rising Swamp chapter of PFLAG, I don't know where the time goes, what with our organizational...
Lauded in Space
Renee Sotile was a teenager when, on the television in her parents' house, she watched the space shuttle Challenger explode in the skies over Florida. She was devastated, not least by the death of Christa McAuliffe, the bright-eyed woman from New Hampshire...
Making Our Town Sing: Out Composer Ned Rorem and Renowned Poet J.D. McClatchy Pair on a Long-Awaited Operatic Version of Thornton Wilder's Classic American Play
After gay composer Ned Rorem turned 80 back in 2003, he decided to try some things he'd not done in a long time, like going into a bar. "Since I don't drink or smoke anymore, I don't know what to do in a bar," says Rorem, who nevertheless went looking...
Mommie Queerest: Three Gay Men Have Turned the Cult Documentary Grey Gardens-About a High-Society Mother and Daughter Reduced to Living like Hermits-Into a Stage Musical. "It's Just Delicious,"
"Big Edie and Little Edie were honorary gays," exclaims composer Scott Frankel. He's talking about the straight heroines of Grey Gardens, the amazing documentary film that has acquired a huge gay following since its 1975 release. The movie tracks the...
No Smoke and Mirrors: At the Tender Age of 22, Jeff Jordan Is Leading a Company That Tries to Show Gay Men They Can Be Fabulous and Rebellious without Cigarettes
At age 14, Jeff Jordan came out. At 17, he started a company focused on getting people to quit smoking, curb drinking, and live healthier. At 21, he is a business whiz--the leader of Rescue Social Change Group, a company with 13 employees and revenues...
Notre Dame's Queer Moment: Condemned by the Catholic University's Leadership, an LGBT Film Festival Goes Forward. but Its Longevity May Soon Be Victim to the Ongoing Culture War
In mid January, University of Notre Dame president and Catholic priest the Reverend John Jenkins took aim at the school's Queer Film Festival. Its name, he said in a speech, implied that the two-year-old event would "celebrate and promote homosexual...
Nuggets & Bites
"Many Americans, especially parents, still have deep concerns about the direction of our culture, and the health of our most basic institutions. They are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, and discouraged by activist courts that...
Outspoken
College is supposed to be a time of learning, growing, and, not to mention, fun. Most people think of college as a time to get out and experience the world. They don't expect to find themselves confined to a cold and unfamiliar dorm room, afraid to...
Queer as Folk Music: The Legendary Janis Ian Returns with an Outstanding New ED, Folk Is the New Black, but While Her Songs Cover Many Different Issues, She's Too Busy Having a Successful Same-Sex Marriage to Sing about It
At the height of civil rights fervor in the mid 1960s, when Janis Ian was just 15 years old, she sparked controversy with "Society's Child," her precocious lament for a forbidden love whose face shined "black as night." In the mid '70s, she scored...
Riding for Religious Change
Jarrett Lucas, 20, was raised by his grandparents as a Jehovah's Witness. He was 14 when he told them he was gay, and they promptly kicked him out of the house. But Lucas kept his life together, and now he's a senior at Drexel University in Philadelphia....
Shawn Pyfrom
Playing the most visible--and most sexually active--gay teen on TV doesn't raze 19-year-old Shawn Pyfrom, who plays the manipulative Andrew Van De Kamp on ABC's Desperate Housewives. Pyfrom, who hails from Tampa, Fla., talks about gay rights, parental...
The Relationship Miracle Worker: Betty Berzon Touched the Lives of Countless Gay Men and Lesbians as She Sought to Improve Their Mental Health
For more than three decades a deeply admired advocate for stable relationships and sound mental health care for gays and lesbians, psychotherapist and author Betty Berzon has left an immense legacy in the wake of her death January 24 at age 78. ...
You Say Tomato
We all have traumatic high school memories. Mine just happened to involve mental health wards, straitjackets, and the schizophrenia drug Thorazine. For much of my youth in suburban Chicago, especially while I was locked up after being diagnosed an...