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. 1001, January 29

A Business-Class Ticket, Both Ways: In 2000, Cadillac Revamped Its Look, Feel, and Image-And Eight Years Later It's Doing It Again. the Advocate Takes a Look at the New-Incarnation CTS, with Gaywheels.com's Marty Padgett Behind the Wheel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2008 CADILLAC CTS RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) FROM $32,245 STANDARD ENGINE 3.6-LITER V6 HORSEPOWER 263 @ 6,400 RPM TORQUE (LB-FT) 253 @ 3,100 RPM FUEL ECONOMY: CITY (MPG) 16 HIGHWAY (MPG) 25 BACK IN THE DAYS when...
Andy Warhol's Pittsburgh: The Working-Class Background of the Iconic Queer Artist
"I am from nowhere," Andy Warhol was known to say when asked where he grew up. With these four words, he often gave the impression of a strained relationship with his hometown of Pittsburgh, the working-class city that fostered his talents as a child...
A New Generation of Pod People: U.K.-Based Yotel Is Invading Sleepless Airports with Posh Privacy Cabins to Make Your Next Dreaded Layover Gloriously Unconscious
Any weary traveler who has attempted to slumber on a microscopic airport chair or hard-as-rock bench--or even tried to find a place to plug in a laptop--will wonder why no one has ever thought of this before: a cozy, luxurious, private sleeping pod...
Antigay and Proud: A Look at the Latest Crop of Hate-Based Groups from Coast to Coast
JUST WHEN FRED PHELPS may at last be bankrupt, along come other virulently antigay groups. Take Latvia-based Watchmen on the Walls, which has growing influence on the West Coast. One of its founders is Scott Lively, who authored a charming book of...
Biting Wit: If You're Hungry for Heroines, Here Are Two Girls You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TEETH DIRECTED BY Mitchell Lichtenstein STARRING Jess Weixler and Hale Appleman ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS PERSEPOLIS DIRECTED BY Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi STARRING Catherine Deneuve SONY PICTURES...
Desert Roads and Wildfires
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ULTIMATELY, my best writing begins in the car. One August morning two years ago when I set out for a party in Twentynine Palms, Calif., I was planning to write a novel full of shoot-outs and car chases, with loads of technical...
Diane Lane
Her big-screen debut opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in 1979's A Little Romance landed Diane Lane on the cover of Time at the age of 14. Now, after having earned a 2002 Oscar nomination for her perfect stormy portrayal of an adulterous wife in Unfaithful,...
Fit and Fierce: Jackie Warner Weighs In
Jackie Warner, owner of Los Angeles's SkySport & Spa, tackles her career with the gusto of the Energizer Bunny. America's favorite lithe lesbian stars in a reality TV show-Bravo's Work Out returns for its third season in March-herds a gaggle of...
Five Questions for Tom Brokaw
This November, Tom Brokaw royally pissed off Frank Kameny. In his book Boom! Voices of the Sixties, an epic exploration of the political and cultural events of 1963 to 1974, the former NBC Nightly News anchor made nary a mention of the gay rights movement....
Food Fights: Best First-Class Airline Meals
When U.S. airlines were deregulated in 1978, first-class perks like in-flight ice sculptures, seat-side meat carvings, and saucy flambes were the first things to go. But long-haul carriers have begun a high-stakes competition to recapture the ever-mobile...
Gay Travel Milestones
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Travel is a rite of passage for gay people the world over-be it a journey to escape the bindings of a hometown, a quest to find your tribe in that elusive gay mecca, or the desire to discover a place where you feel like your...
Gay Travel Website Directory
LGBT WORLD CHARITIES: Rainbow World Fund: RainbowFund.org LGBT TRAVEL SEARCH ENGINES: Orbitz: Orbitz.com/gay Travelocity: Travelocity.com/gaytravel Hotels.com: GayHotetDiscounts.com LGBT AIRLINE SITES: American Airlines: AA.com/rainbow,...
Get over Yourself: Are Addictions and Bad Habits Standing in Your Way?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ASK AN ACCOMPLISHED BUSINESSPERSON how he or she made it to the top and you'll get any number of responses: great mentors, hard work, well-defined goals. I've yet to hear, however, "I couldn't have done it without my pack-a-day...
Goodbye to Four of the Greatest Generation
The closing weeks of 2007 saw the passing of four gay pioneers whose reach spanned music, literature, history, and politics. With the loss of these influential crusaders, the LGBT community's own "greatest generation" grew that much smaller. Lamenting...
"I Always like to Go Places I've Never Been"
The finishing touches were being put on to Watershed, k.d. lang's newest album scheduled for release in February when she recently spore with Randy B. Hecht--but she gave a sneak preview of the sound of the CD, which she produced herself. "It's quite...
Join the True Jet Set: Who Needs First Class When You and Your Friends Can Relish in Your Own Personal Airplane Service?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Private jets are no longer the exclusive territory of rock stars, oil sheiks, and Donald Trump. Since September 11, 2001, travelers looking for a way around labyrinthine security lines and increasingly cut-back service on...
Killing Hate Crimes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On December 6, Senate Democrats announced they would remove the Matthew Shepard Act from the 2008 Department of Defense reauthorization bill, saying they lacked the votes to pass the two together. The failure was only the...
Lasting Inspiration: Pay Memorial Day Respects at These Destination-Worthy Grave Sites of Our LGBT Forerunners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Wind through the mausoleum-lined paths of Paris's largest cemetery--one of the most famous in the world--to the legendary gay novelist and playwright's tomb, with...
Life on the Road: A Cabaret? Christopher Isherwood and William Caskey's Epic South American Journey Was a Test of Relationship Stamina
Journeys are both literal and metaphorical in the universe of travel. New realities evoke fresh and sometimes jarring perspectives, and for anyone who has traveled with someone they love, the hardships and surprises encountered on the road can make...
Living with HIV: The Advocate Spent Three Weeks in the Lives of Three HIV-Positive Men, Proving That While the Disease Is No Longer a Death Sentence, It Isn't a Piece of Cake Either
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] AS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION prepares to release revised annual statistics about new HIV infections in the United States (in 2005 the number of new infections was 20% to 50% higher than previously reported--possibly...
Lyn-Lake: The Twin Cities' New Artsy Corner
Fifty years ago Lake Street was the commercial artery of Minneapolis, following an arrow-straight course from the Mississippi River west to the city's iconic chain of lakes. Dreary Lyndale Avenue served the same purpose, transporting urbanites from...
Manhattan's Roaring Gay Days
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Forget Studio 54, Party Monster, or even Stonewall-one of the queerest eras in New York City's history was the Roaring '20s and early '30s, when pansy balls were all the craze, cross-dressing performers were gloriously famous,...
Milestone Moments: New LGBT Tours for 2008: These First-Time Journeys Have Editorial Director Matt Link's Inner Lesbian and Associate Editor LoAnn Halden's Inner Gay Man Mentally Packing Their Bags. (Hers Are Louis Vuitton, of Course.)
MATT'S LESBIAN TOUR WISH LIST Indie Fest in Cancun May 3-10 and 10-17 Olivia's (800-631-6277; Olivia. com) first music festival in the Yucatan is hosted at the Club Med Cancun, featuring sailing, windsurfing, and trapeze lessons by day, with...
Noise Maker: The Magnetic Fields' Latest Is a Masterful Experience in Low Fidelity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Distortion NONESUCH THE AESTHETICS OF Stephin Merritt, leader of the Magnetic Fields, are steeped in the tradition of "perfect" pop, as practiced by ABBA, Irving Berlin, and contestants of the...
Our New Hero ... Arnold?
BEFORE YOU READ THIS, let's synchronize our watches. You're seeing these words sometime between January 15 and 28, 2008. I'm writing them with my cat still swatting the low-hanging ornaments on our 2007 Christmas tree. Why does this matter? Because...
Palm 'Springs' Pilates Weekend
Gay health retreats are a surprisingly rare species, but Dirk Shafer's brand-new Pilates desert escape especially stands out: Not only do you get two certified instructors who give personal attention to a small group of a dozen or so participants,...
Queer Eye for the Big Girl: With His New Show How to Look Good Naked, Carson Kressley Teaches Women to Love Themselves in All Shapes and Sizes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICA'S GAY BOYFRIEND arrives at Coco Nails on East 33rd Street in Manhattan a few minutes past 10 on a crisp November morning. There are only a few employees and a lone man getting his nails done in the salon, so there's...
Reversals of Fortune: It's Been the Best of Times and the Worst of Times for Gary Cloutier
ON NOVEMBER 6, GARY Cloutier made history when he was declared the first openly gay mayor of Vallejo, Calif., a Bay Area city of 119,000. The 45-year-old city councilman and former civil rights attorney defeated Osby Davis--who would have been the...
Rooms with the Write Stuff: Check into Stylish Lodgings Where Celebrated Gay Authors Once Rested Their Pens
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Willa Cather: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Quebec City, Canada History and literature intertwine at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (418-692-3861; Fairmont. com/frontenac; from $199), where Pulitzer Prizewinning author Willa...
Rubbing Oscar Elbows in Tinseltown
In Los Angeles the Academy Awards are akin to the Super Bowl. For one starry night, this industry town is all aflutter with even more glitter and gossip than usual. Swanky soirees, rounds of screenings, and enough cocktail receptions to inspire a visit...
Severing Diplomatic Ties: Michael Guest, the Former American Ambassador to Romania, Retired from the Foreign Service in November Because of the State Department's Unequal Treatment of Gay Diplomats and Their Partners. in This Exclusive Advocate Sit-Down, Andrew Noyes Talks to Guest and His Partner about What Led to Their Decision-And Why Their Union Was More Important Than Guest's Career
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MICHAEL GUEST REMEMBERS the day he fell in love with the Foreign Service. It was 1976, and the South Carolinian was interning on Capitol Hill. He attended a State Department seminar where a man in a plaid suit, he recalls...
Shelby, Dusty, Demons, and Dreams: Dusty Springfield Danced with Personal Demons All Her Life. Now Shelby Lynne Is Channeling Dusty's Music for a New Generation. Is She Channeling Dusty's Demons Too?
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Doing press is "kind of a nightmare" for Lynne, and when The Advocate ventured out talk about her new CD, Just a Little Lovin'--on which she covers songs recorded by the timeless gay icon Dusty Springfield--Shelby self-medicated,...
Some like It Hot!
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Named the number 1 comedy of all time by the American Film Institute, the classic travel film Some Like It Hot is one of the most risque films Hollywood has ever produced, even by today's standards. But Marilyn's see-through...
Television Dreams: A Young Gay Boy Takes Refuge in Talk Shows Only to Later Find Himself on the Other Side of the Screen
IN DECEMBER, I PERFORMED STAND-UP at the 10th annual Cracked Xmas benefit for the Trevor Project, the nation's only 24-hour LGBT teen suicide hotline. I was shocked I was asked to perform at all, considering I did the same event six years ago and totally...
The Best Gay-Owned Spas in the U.S.: With the Phenomenal Growth in Spas, How Can a Traveler Tell the True-Blue Homosexual Establishments from the Merely Metrosexual Ones? Our Top Picks
1. INDIGO ECO SPA Mendocino, Calif. (800-421-2810) Acquired by gay couple Seth Kelman and Michael Webster in 2004, Stevenswood Resort was transformed from a rustic lodge to a world-class resort complete with 10 luxury suites (with wood-burning fireplaces)...
The City and the Writer
If there is one modern gay writer who is intimately interwoven with his hometown, it's Armistead Maupin with San Francisco. The author of the beloved Tales of the City novels (the first appeared in 1978) moved to the City by the Bay at the age of 27...
The Gay Map of Latin America
In a region famous for passionate Cuban bolero songs, erotic Brazilian dances, and histrionic Mexican soap operas, love is not taken lightly, and tying the knot is the ultimate goal for most couples--gays included. As recently as 2000, domestic-partnership...
The Golden Age of Stewardess Chic: The Swinging Mid '60S to the Mid '70S Saw the Zenith of the "Stew" as Sex Symbol, Fashionista, and Cultural Icon. Carson Kressley Gives Us His Exclusive Commentary on the Style Trends That Shaped the High-Flying Skies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They were the heady days before the P.C. term "flight attendant" and before the full onslaught of the women's liberation movement on the world's sexist psyche. United Airlines flew special male passenger-only "Executive" flights...
The L Word 5.0: What's in Store on This Season of the L Word? Michele Kort Goes on Location and Gets the Goods
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I LIKE SLUTTY SHANE," says Leisha Hailey. "I do too!" says Kate Moennig, who plays the irresistible androgynous heartbreaker on The L Word, the show we delight in both loving and hating. Moennig and Hailey (who plays the...
The Man Who Would Be Senator: Is out North Carolina Democrat Jim Neal Too Much of a Long Shot to Unseat Incumbent Elizabeth Dole?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JIM NEAL'S ENTRY in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia is stunningly short. In a nutshell, the North Carolina investment banker is a 51-year-old divorced Democrat who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican...
The Valley of the Sun: Arizona's Burgeoning Neighbor Cities of Energetic Phoenix and Luxe Scottsdale Are Turning Lavender
From a diffuse swath of depressing sprawl, Arizona's largest city has over the past decade revamped its image with new hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues, including the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera, which debuted in December. Urban pioneers, including...
The Yucatan's Queer Mayan Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is world-renowned as the epicenter of mystical Mayan ruins-palaces of unknown kings, life-or-death ball games, and grand temples of public human sacrifice rituals. This lost culture is still shrouded...
Un-Conventional Diversions: The Nation's Leading Business Convention Destinations Can Be, Shall We Say, Less Than Lavender, but That Doesn't Mean You Can't Find a Gay Ol' Time. Take off That Name Badge and Roll Up Your Sleeves-It's Time to Play Hooky!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] San Antonio Get your creative fix at the San Antonio Museum of Art: Conventioneers routinely pass time in downtown San Antonio by strolling the enchanting River Walk (and its myriad bars and restaurants) or touring the...
Viva la Diva! for the Ultimate Fan Pilgrimage, Celebrate the Lives and Times of Gay-Popular Icons Old and New at These Carefully (Sometimes Obsessively) Curated Private Collections and Diva Museums
THE BARBRA SHOP Palm Springs, Calif. Say "Hello, gorgeous!" to the Barbra Shop (pictured, right) in Palm Springs, featuring a fanatical collection of gowns, headpieces, playbills, albums, and artwork, including period-defining busts from San...
Your Questions Our Answers
Every spring my partner and I attend a meeting in Milan. This year we fly into Rome and spend four days there. Can you recommend some smaller towns, hotels, B&Bs, between Rome and Milan that are gay-friendly or gay-owned? --Ira Shivitz, via...