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 No. 1023, February

Austerity Chic: How Novelist and Performance Artist Mike Albo Gets by in Lean Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARE YOU REELING FROM THE RECESSION? Join the club. Here are four penny-pinching tips: (1) A jar of Marshmallow Fluff for $1.49 makes a fine dessert. (2) Squeeze lemon juice into your tap water and it will taste high-end....
Back to the Future: Forget That Madcap Rush from the Airport to Manhattan: Now That JetBlue Has Opened Its New JFK Terminal, Your Next Trip to New York City Begins Ends in the Heart of Queens
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] REVAMPING TERMINAL 5 was a risky move for JetBlue. Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen to personify TWA's futuristic vision--original construction was completed in 1962--the landmark...
Don't Slam Sundance; the Excitement around This Year's Sundance Film Festival Has Been Muted by Talk of Boycott in Response to Mormon Efforts to Pass Proposition 8. Director and Sundance Veteran Gregg Araki Explains Why He Thinks Turning Your Back on the Film Festival Is Exactly the Wrong Approach
LIKE MANY, I WAS OUTRAGED by the campaign of lies that Yes on 8 flooded the airwaves with last fall. We are so easily lulled into complacency living here in "life is good" Los Angeles (or any progressive city, for that matter), that having our civil...
Editor's Letter
WE AS A NATION have spent the better part of the past two years debating change--how much we need, when we need it, and who the arbiter of this change should be. The Advocate has covered every aspect of this race for change--from our early interviews...
Gay Apres: Winter Sports Fanatic Scott Holman Loves Cold Men, Slippery Slopes, and Vacations Filled with Ups and Downs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have long been a ski freak, but now that I live in Manhattan I need to ski, to trade in grimy concrete for pristine powder and diesel fumes for the scent of pine. For many years it seemed to me that skiing was an activity...
Going for the Black and Gold: An Unexpected Grammy Nomination Could Catapult Sam Sparro into Household-Name Territory
THE RECORDING ACADEMY UNVEILED its nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in December--and for the first time in years, certain nods seemed refreshingly relevant. Yes, critical darlings like M.I.A., Adele, Radiohead, and Kanye West made the...
Hail Mary: Sigourney Weaver's Starring Role in Prayers for Bobby-The True Story of Mary Griffith, a Religious Mother Who Drives Her Gay Son to Suicide-Is a Far Cry from Her More Notorious Turn as the Panty-Clad, Flame-Throwing Lieutenant Ripley, but This Is One Actress Who Still Knows What It Means to Feel like an Alien
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVEN BY ACCLAIMED ACTRESS STANDARDS, Sigourney Weaver isn't particularly normal. She chooses her words with unusual precision. Her skin creases too authentically. Her eyes focus on yours in an oddly insistent, laser-lock way...
Hoping to "Wu" Michelle: Dressing Michelle Obama in November Was a Game Changer for Designer Jason Wu. Now He Has His Sights Set on the Future First Lady's Most High-Profile Event: Inauguration Day
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE QUEST TO DESIGN THE INAUGURAL GOWN for Michelle Obama, the American fashion industry's undisputed new muse, has ignited a Project Runway--like challenge of epic proportions for a diverse group of designers whose lines...
Match Point: Ten Years Ago, Amelie Mauresmo Came out of the Closet after Her Breakout Run to the Finals at the Australian Open. Two Grand Slam Titles and Several Dives in the Ratings Later, Is She Putting Her Formidable Backhand to Bed Forever?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PROFESSIONAL TENNIS CAREERS can be counted in dog years. Twelve months tracking down yellow balls across five continents feels like seven years; a decade is a lifetime. So when Amelie Mauresmo says it's been "almost an entire...
Not Another Gay Interview: Chris Evans Is a Serious Actor, but That Doesn't Mean He Wants You to Stop Objectifying Him
AFTER WORKING A WHIPPED-CREAM BIKINI in the 2001 spoof Not Another Teen Movie, Chris Evans fried phone lines in Cellular and melted hearts as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films. Next seen as a telekinetic troublemaker in February's sci-fi...
Super Bowl Sunday: Some Useful Knowledge for the Big Football Bash-But Bring a Good Hors D'oeuvre Just to Be Safe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OSCAR PARTIES. FASHION WEEK PARTIES. Halloween parties. White, Black, Blue, Flaming Technicolor parties. There aren't many shindigs in the world that aren't planned, attended, or staffed by gay people. But come Super Bowl...
The Agony of Success: How Prop. 8's Win Was Bad Business for Several of Its Supporters
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DECOR AT LOS ANGELES'S 77-year-old El Coyote Mexican Cafe has always been cheap and overdone, but the place was over-the-top dramatic one day last November. That's when a crowd of Proposition 8 opponents stormed the Hollywood...
The Business of Pleasure in the Crescent City: Whether Visiting for Mardi Gras or Extending a Work Trip, Here's Your Road Map for a Perfectly Gay Getaway to New Orleans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TIME WAS THAT WHEN WORK CALLED FOR A TRIP to New Orleans, thoughts of ditching the convention center in order to join beaded revelers in their pursuit of live music, beignets, and Sazeracs popped into one's mind. While that...
The Nation's First out Governor? after Overseeing an Impressive City Makeover, Providence Mayor David Cicilline Has His Sights Set on the Statehouse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DAVID CICILLINE WOVE HIS WAY THROUGH A SKYBOX, mixing with prominent politicos at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last August. As president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, he played host to notables...
The Next Condom Conundrum: Why Use a Rubber When You Can Just Pop a Pill? That's What HIV-Negative Guys across the Country Are Asking Themselves-And Their Doctors. as Condom Usage Is Down and HIV Infection Rates Are Up, Could a Prescription Be the Key to Prevention?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN ADAM, AN HIV-NEGATIVE BOSTONIAN in his mid 20s, was dating an HIV-positive man last year, he made a conscious decision not to use a condom when they had sex. Instead, he popped a tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug that...
We Need to Talk-Or at Least Text: What's Breaking Up When We're Really Not Yet an Item? Ethical Expert Stephen Milioti Explains
Q: I've gone on five dates with a guy over several weeks, but we haven't formalized our relationship. Now I want to break up, but I'm wondering if I need to officially do that. If so, I know I probably shouldn't do it via e-mail, but do we have to...
Whither Maddow? Where Is Our Lesbian Pundit-in-Chief When It Comes to Delivering the Incisive TV Commentary We Need in the Wake of Proposition 8?
THERE ARE TWO LESBIAN opinion makers whose insights I turn to a lot in any given 24-hour news cycle: Pam Spaulding and Rachel Maddow. Pam is the blogmistress, as she calls herself, of Pams-HouseBlend. com, a popular blog where she and her contributors...