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 8

2005 Readers' Choice Awards
You spoke, and we listened! Via our online survey, hundreds of you voted for your all-time favorite hotels, cities, bars, cruises, airports--even safaris and best-looking restaurant waitstaff. What emerged was a global picture that proved our readers...
A Safe Haven for Rural Youth
Growing up in the conservative town of Spokane, Wash., 24-year-old Pat Anderson was convinced that living an openly gay life meant surviving in a rejected subculture. Then two years ago he found the Quest Youth Group, which provides a safe haven to...
Away with the Gays! Bravo's D-List Diva Tells Why She Won't Go Anywhere without "My Gays"
My introduction to what would become one of my favorite pastimes--the gay getaway--happened almost by accident. Cher had just announced her farewell tour--I believe Clinton was still in the White House---and one of my gays sent out an e-mail with the...
Destination Station
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Friends like These
Before the battle for marriage rights was thrust onto the national stage, I maintained several fulfilling friendships with conservative Republicans who espoused a set of political beliefs that were vastly different from my own. My job as a novelist...
Gay against West: First Person: Jerry Davis
A mother with an inquisitive 9-year-old boy has forced me and the city of Spokane, Wash., to look deep into society's treatment of homosexuality. I am an openly gay attorney in this extremely conservative town. Our mayor, James West, is a Republican...
Giving Your Most Valuable Gift
When we travel we want to enter a fantasy world of adventure and stimulation--a suspension of reality. We work hard all year for our usually two short weeks of vacation with the burning need to seriously chill. So why would people choose to donate...
Global Outings
TOP PICK 1 Midsumma Melbourne 1/20-2/12, 2006 Follow the setting sun into the Southern Hemisphere for a three-week celebration of queer diversions: camp, cabaret, dubbing, and music. Last year's event included a tribute to the Divine Miss M and...
Help Fight Global AIDS: Numerous Volunteer Vacation Programs Let You Lend a Hand to People with HIV in the Developing World
The numerous problems relating to HIV in the world's poor countries--the lack of affordable drugs, the crippling of nations' workforces, the creation of orphan generations--have been on the tips of notable tongues from Bush to Blair to Bono, but what...
On the Road Again: If Your Commute Has Turned Your Car into a Second Home, Then Why Not Throw Yourself a Housewarming Party?
You only think you're all GPS'd out--until you see the TomTom Go 700 ($899). Besides having a name like an '80s cover band, it gives you not only maps but routes with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. You can also use Bluetooth to make hands-free...
Outspoken: Ross Bynum
Since Hurricane Katrina hit, life has been quite rough in southern Mississippi, where I live. But as people here begin to rebuild their lives, mine continues to be difficult. It actually started last summer when my Missionary Baptist parents found...
Patricia Clarkson
She seduced us as a German lesbian junkie in High Art, upbraided us as a prudish neighbor in Far From Heaven, and made us giddy as eccentric Aunt Sarah in Six Feet Under. Now she's messing with our minds as the wife of an unfaithful bisexual in The...
Puerto Vallarta's Art Scene: Gays from around the World Come to Bask on the Beaches and Purchase Mexico's Most Intriguing Art
I moved to Puerto Vallarta within six months of first setting eyes on this Pacific coast city, located 180 miles west of Guadalajara. There are few historic cobble-stoned beach towns with such a stunning mountain backdrop, or with a Malecon (the town's...
Rent Gets Real: As the Pansexual, AIDS-Inflected Broadway Sensation Becomes a Gritty, Hyperreal Movie, Three Returning Cast Members Talk about How the Show's Messages of Love, Life, and Liberty for All Have Only Become More Urgent
"East Village. Rock opera. AIDS. It could be the ultimate Cheez Whiz, or it could be something interesting," recalls Anthony Rapp of his first peek at a synopsis of an unproduced stage musical called Rent. He was standing in an obscure of agency, but...
Sandboarding the Dragon: Iquique, Chile, Nestled between the Pacific and the Atacama Desert, Is the Birthplace of Dune Surfing
When the sun begins to set over the south Pacific Ocean, sandboarders make their pilgrimage to the summit of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), the magnificent sand dunes that guard the port city of Iquique (e-KEY-keh) from the parched Atacama Desert. This...
Scary! in an Era of "Positive Images" for Gays and Lesbians, Can Queer Characters Still Get Chopped Up in Horror Movies?
"I remember the cute curly-haired teen that gets killed in the kitchen by Michael Myers in Halloween. That awoke something in me," reminisces Alex Dove, executive producer director of gay horror titles such as the upcoming Handy man. And--as many young,...
South Beach: Florida's Gayest Beach District Gets Yet Another Second Wind
Just as the revived charms of South Miami Beach started seeming a tad tired following the go-go 1990s and the post-9/11 doldrums, this sexy, glamorous slice of quintessential beach city has managed to evolve and reaffirm its spell once again over sunseekers,...
Tahiti: On the Isle of Bora Bora a Hawaiian Writer Finds Another Polynesian Paradise
It's never happened for me with a lover, but I was blissfully infatuated the moment I arrived in Bora Bora. Perhaps it was the black claw-shaped Mount Otemanu rising out of the sea--the dramatic centerpiece of Bora's crystalline lagoon. Or maybe it...
The New Gay Tube
Sometimes there's a gay god so quickly. Apologies to Tennessee Williams for the postmodern paraphrase, but it wasn't so long ago that groups of us would sit around the TV set and watch Linda Evans and Joan Collins digging their claws into each other...
The Promise of Rent
Anthony Rapp was excited to do his first interview with the gay press. I had written a letter to his manager after reading Anthony's actor bio in the program for an off-off-Broadway play I'd seen. While other guys thanked God and girlfriends, Anthony...
The Reverend Jeffery A. Haskins
"God has no fury like a queen's fury!" shouts the Reverend Jeffery A. Haskins to the laughter of his congregation on a recent Sunday at the Unity Fellowship Church of New York. The 50year-old pastor tends to his largely LGBT flock, who meet in a run-down...
Three for the Road: Is There a Roadster in Your Dreams? the Advocate's Gearheads Investigate Your Options as They Put Three Sexy Models to the Test
Every auto lover dreams of speeding along the golden California coast in a roadster with the top down. It's even more fun to take the trip as part of a sharp and skillful gay, lesbian, and transgender team. I invited transgender actress Calpernia Addams...
Three of Hearts
Two New Yorkers, Sam and Steven, meet in college and fall in love. Together seven years, they invite a woman, Samantha, into their lives and embark on a 13-year relationship as a trio. It's all captured in Susan Kaplan's documentary Three of Hearts,...
True Tales of an Airline Pilot
Confessor: Michele Veillon, pilot, United Airlines Favorite travel film: "Airplane! What can I say? It's a classic." Pet peeve: "When passengers stop just outside the Jetway to greet friends and relatives, blocking every other person trying to...
We're Here to Help: Gay and Lesbian Relief Workers Stepped Up to Help during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Assisting at Shelters, Gathering Donations, Opening Their Homes, and Traveling to Affected Areas
When Stephanie Houfek saw the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, she knew she had to do something. Her partner, the Reverend Pat Langlois, is minister of congregational life at the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles...
Why I Love My Car
Bryan O'Quinn Classic Chrysler Windsor Durham, N.C. I have to say that I love my car because of the incredible styling that was built into it by its designer, Virgil Exner. And I love the fact that it's older than I am and it's still all factory-original...
Wilde Times at Oxford: This Spire-Filled College Town Was the Backdrop to English History's Queerest Scandal and Holds Plenty for the Gay Traveler of Today
Bill Clinton studied here, as did Margaret Thatcher. The town helped inspire J.R.R. Tolkien to pen The Lord of the Rings, and his friend C.S. Lewis wrote the Narnia chronicles here too. Alumni include Aldous Huxley: T.S. Eliot, and Indira Gandhi--as...
Zip, Zip, Hooray!
It's possible to drive a different car every day thanks to Zipcar, believed to be the largest car-sharing company in the country, with 800-plus vehicles and nearly 50,000 members. "Savvy urbanites know that if they don't have to commute to work each...