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 April 30

Circuit King: Man of the Year Director Dirk Shafer Returns with Circuit, a Look at the Controversial Gay Dance Parties That Make Up the Circuit. (Film)
Dirk Shafer had barely entered his first circuit event, the 1996 Palm Springs White Party, when it hit him. "I looked around," he remembers, "and thought, Wow, this is so dramatic, so visual, and so controversial, I can't believe no one's ever made...
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Fighting to Keep a Family; One of the Gay Dads Rosie O'Donnell Says Inspired Her to Come out Talks about the Couple's Ongoing Fight to Adopt Their Foster Children. (Behind the Headlines)
The fathers of five foster children, Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau had been fighting Florida's ban on adoptions by gay people for three years before their cause got a major boost when Rosie O'Donnell told ABC's Diane Sawyer in March that the ...
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Jason Stuart: As Seen on TV: Hardworking Gay Comic Jason Stuart Plays Damon Wayans's Gay Therapist on ABC's My Wife and Kids. (Television)
Damon Wayans has a new therapist, and he's gay. On the hit series My Wife and Kids, now in its second season on ABC, Wayans and TV bride Tisha Campbell-Martin have been searching for the right shrink. It seems they've found one in out actor-comic...
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Justice for Sharon: The Dog-Mauling Trial Ended with Guilty Verdicts, but for Sharon Smith, Partner to the Woman Killed, Another Legal Battle Is about to Begin. (Court)
With Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel now awaiting their May 10 sentencing for the infamous dog-mauling death of their neighbor Diane Whipple, lawyers for Whipple's partner, Sharon Smith, have turned their attention to her pending wrongful-death...
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Keeping It Real; Gays and Lesbians Are Everywhere in Life, So of Course They're on Reality TV. from Lance Loud to Chris Beckman and Brandon Quinton, the Diverse Bunch of out Gays on These Shows Brings Viewers Face-to-Face with Our Queer Lives. (Cover Story)
After several weeks of dating Kurt, a school-teacher from Minneapolis, Chris Beckman, a strapping 23-year-old artist from Boston, brought him back for a sleepover at the loft apartment in Chicago that he shared with six other castmates on The Real...
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Laura's Legacy: Why Do Gays Still Love Laura Nyro? Michele Kort, Author of the New Nyro Biography Soul Picnic, Explains the Pioneering Bisexual Singer-Songwriter's Allure. (Music)
When we fell head over heels for pioneering female singer-songwriter Laura Nyro in the late 1960s, it wasn't because we thought of her as gay. Rather, Nyro--who died of ovarian cancer in 1997--helped us realize we were gay. It Wasn't just her...
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Mass Confusion: The Roman Catholic Church Blurs the Clear Lines between Homosexuality and Pedophilia as a Vatican Official Pins the Blame for the Boston Sex-Abuse Scandal on Gay Priests. (Religion)
For the Roman Catholic Church, these are tough times. A burgeoning scandal over the hierarchy's coverup--in Boston and elsewhere--of hundreds of complaints of priests' sexual abuse of minors has provoked a national outcry and ripped through church...
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Mind over Matter. (Reader Forum)
Your article "A Beautiful Minefield" [April 2] was outstanding. I think the film goes a little beyond the "heterosexual and homosexual ways of seeing." A Beautiful Mind was made for the American public. The revelation of John Nash's bisexual experiences...
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Moms like Rosie. (My Perspective)
As Rosie O'Donnell stepped out into millions of American homes, Iris and I were regularly interrupted in watching Rosie by our 6-year-old daughter's attempts to hold off sleep: "I forgot to tell you something." "I can't fall asleep." "What day...
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Passion Play: Bringing Thoroughly Modern Millie to Broadway Is the Culmination of Author Dick Scanlan's Tumultuous Life. (Theater)
In 1995, suffering from the worst ravages of HIV, Dick Scanlan nevertheless continued pouring money into his dream of creating a stage version of the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie, paying for readings and plane tickets to Los Angeles to collaborate...
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Queering the Airwaves; Outright Radio Gives Voice to GLBT Stories in Places Where They Might Not Otherwise Be Told. (Radio)
An annual radio series of real-life stories from the American gay community, Outright Radio has earned a reputation for being good radio, an achievement that was always the goal of founder, executive producer, and host David Gilmore. "Without meaning...
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Riding in Cars with Girls. (Frames of Mind)
It all started, I think, with Volvo. Until then, cars were boy toys marketed to young guys who wanted a chick magnet, older guys in the grip of a midlife crisis, or guys of a certain size in obvious need of compensatory objects. Then Volvo decided...
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The Triumph of Mira: A Fresh Take on a Classic Play Gives a Cross-Dressing Mira Sorvino Her Best Role since Winning an Oscar
The Triumph of Love * Directed by Clare Peploe * Written by Peploe with Marilyn Goldin and Bernardo Bertolucci, from the play by Marivaux * Starring Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, Jay Rodan, and Fiona Shaw * Paramount Classics Viewers familiar with...
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The Way to a Will: Because Most States Don't Provide Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships, Careful Estate Planning Is Even More Critical for Gay Men and Lesbians. (Personal Finance)
When American Air-lines flight attendant Jeff Collman died at e World Trade Center September 11, the last thing on his partner Keith Bradkowski's mind was that Collman didn't have a will. But as Bradkowski has since discovered, even though Collman...
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Toshi Gets Ready to Rock; Folk Singer Toshi Reagon Finds a New Sound on Her Latest Album-And Enjoys the Love of Her Mom, Her Partner, and Her Daughter. (Music)
Toshi Reagon says she's feeling "blissed out" these days, and she has every reason to be--her girlfriend, Valerie, takes out the trash ("Hey, I took some out too!" Reagon insists). In the morning Reagon drops off her 7-year-old daughter, Tashawn,...
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Where to Put Your Money; Small Gay-Owned Financial Firms and Powerhouse National Companies Alike Tailor Their Services to Lesbian and Gay Consumers. (Personal Finance)
In February, G&L Internet Bank, a Web-only bank head-quartered in Pensacola, Fla., announced it would shut down after just three years in business. The bank's chief mission was to serve financial needs specific to gay men and lesbians. The...
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Who's the Butchest of Them All? (Last Word)
This just in from the lab: If you've always figured that straight guys who feel their masculinity threatened are more likely to hate gays than those who are secure in their masculinity, you're right. That's the result of a new study that tested...
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World of Difference: Years before He Appeared on the Real World Himself, Dan Renzi Found Comfort in the Show's Gay Images. Now He's Meeting Youths Who Don't Remember TV Any Other Way. (Cover Story)
One hot summer day in Kansas when I was 17, I came inside to take a break from mowing my yard, and I turned on MTV, and this really odd show was on. It was a sort of documentary about these random 20-something people in New York City. Much to my...
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