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. 970, September 12

A Flood, a Wolf, and Gays: Playwright Tim Maddock Wants People to Think about the Discrimination He Encountered after Katrina, Particularly toward a Dog Named Pete
When actor Tim Maddock saw the r television images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, he decided to travel from his home in Los Angeles back to the place where he had first embraced his gay identity on a memorable spring break 14 years...
A Gay's Best Friend: Enlightened Straight Guys Are Providing Solace and Understanding to a Growing Number of Young Male Queers
Kevin Brewer is a popular, attractive, straight football star at Mt. Hebron High School in Maryland. And the 17-year-old senior is also a proud friend of classmate Luke Johnson, who just happens to be gay. "Gays should be treated no differently than...
Books
September Stephen Beachy, Some Phantom/No Time Flat (Suspect Thoughts Press). Bay Area novelist Stephen Beachy is best known for his New York magazine story last October that exposed the true identity of the young HIV-positive gay hustler and cult...
Christina Up Close: Christina Aguilera Just Released Her Big, Bold Back to Basics. She's Also Managing Her Career, Enjoying Her Marriage, and Speaking Up for Her LGBT Friends. A Gay Press Exclusive with the 25-Year-Old Superstar
Christina Aguilera can also whip your ass at Donkey Kong. "I'm extremely good at video games," asserts the Staten Island, N.Y.-born, Pennsylvania-raised singer between sips of Pellegrino in the bustling bar of L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. "People...
Fat Gregg Is Dead
I've been two things as long as I can remember: fat and gay. And when I say fat, I mean fat. At my peak I weighed nearly 400 pounds. I was one cheeseburger away from someone tying ropes to me and floating me down New York City's Fifth Avenue during...
Film
September Hollywoodland (Focus Features) If Brandon Routh left you cold as Superman, how about Ben Affleck? He plays actor George Reeves (TV's Superman) in this look at the star's mysterious death. Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, and Bob Hoskins costar....
Hanns Ebensten
When my parents moved to Key West, Fla., in 1997, they acquired some highly unusual neighbors: Hanns Ebensten, the gay travel pioneer and author--who died July 24 at age 82--and his partner of over 40 years, Brian Kenney. The elderly couple would walk...
Making "Ex-Gay" Sheep
If there are gay sheep, can there also be ex-gay sheep. At Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon State University, researchers are exploring ways to reform rams that love other rams, and they have come under fire from an animal rights group...
Outspoken
I have come out as a lesbian to my parents three times. The first two times I scrambled to deny it all when they reacted negatively, blaming it on a moment of weakness. But between my freshman and sophomore years of college I met a girl who inspired...
Paris/Sedaris
It's a breezy Monday in WeHo, the kind that makes you believe anything is possible. My partner, Angel& and I rush down Santa Monica Boulevard to A Different Light bookstore. We're going to meet David Sedaris. Angela seems content to jog, but I'm...
Pop Music
September Beyonce, B'day (Columbia) Why settle for balloons and cake when you can celebrate turning 25 by dropping a new album instead? The Dreamgirls star wrote, arranged, and coproduced the whole shebang, assisted by the Neptunes, Swizz Beatz,...
Running from Stardom: Joseph Fiennes's Star Is on the Rise Again, Thanks to a Role as the Real-Life Lover of Author Augusten Burroughs in This Fall's Running with Scissors
Most moviegoers, gay and straight, took a good, long look at Joseph Fiennes in the Oscar-winning films Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love and figured him for a big new movie star. Eight years later, despite his slow-burning screen mojo, soulful-eyed...
Send in the Clown! the Saturday Night Live Veteran Once Played a Fey Man in a Sweater and Is Now Poised to Run for the U.S. Senate. His New Documentary God Spoke Charts the Rise of a Liberal Hero
Let's get this out of the way. Is Stuart Smalley gay? I don't know! That's a really good question ... and don't think that wasn't the honest answer. I've never discussed whether he is or not. I think I know, but it's never been the issue. It's all...
Spare Us the Puppy Love
The good news is, the puppy's cute. The bad news: $900,000 that could have been used to help educate Americans about gay lives was instead wasted on an ill-conceived media campaign about a dog who moos. Yes, that's right. A pup that goes "moo."...
Theater
September Season of Shores (National tour through Nov. 19: Dallas, Palm Springs, Calif.; St. Louis, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Stars Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan in Del Shores's acclaimed plays Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies in...
The Honeymooners
On August 2 a Columbus, Ohio, radio station awarded an all-expenses-paid vacation to Brigit Elizondo and Karlene Kelley as part of a state fair promotion in which 20 couples renewed their vows aboard a Ferris wheel. The women didn't think the station...
The Passion of the MelTom: Gibson and Cruise Have Long Been Untouchable Movie Icons despite Their Attacks on Things Say. So Should We Rejoice in Their Recent Public Humiliations?
It's not even Labor Day, and already 2006 is a banner year for lavender schadenfreude. Like many gays out there, you probably felt as I did that the career juggernauts of Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise would continue to bulldoze over our feeble protests...
"This Is Home: A Year after the Hurricane Devastated Their Community, Many Gays and Lesbians Are Still Struggling to Rebuild. Others Are Deciding Whether to Come Back at All
By the time Tommy Misener and Bobby Blatchley returned from their annual trip with friends to the Alabama Gulf Coast last summer, the lush landscaping around their charming two-bedroom home in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans had gotten away...