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 June 10

26 Years of Joy. (My Perspective)
The publication of The Joy of Gay Sex in its "fully revised and expanded third edition" caps a 26-year period during which not only gay sexuality but also the attitudes and customs surrounding gay sexuality have changed--at times subtly and at times...
An Ally Down the Aisle: The Presbyterian Church USA Forbids Stephen Van Kuiken to Marry Gay Couples, but the Cincinnati Pastor Promises to Stand His Ground. (Religion)
For the past 3 1/2 years, Stephen Van Kuiken, pastor at Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, has done what religious leaders everywhere often do: He's married people. And for Van Kuiken, a 44-year-old straight married man, that practice...
Baby Comes Early, Daddy Comes Out: Broadway and TV Star B.D. Wong Talks about His New Book on the Harrowing Premature Birth of His Son-And about Why He's Finally Ready to Speak out in the Advocate. (Gay Parenting)
While rebounding from the death of one child and the life-threatening illness of another, B.D. Wong won't be taking it one day at a time. That "didn't really work for Mackenzie Phillips," he writes in his hilarious new memoir, Following Foo. "She ended...
Books for Gay Grown-Ups: Martin Duberman Picks Five Titles to Unite Us. (Summer Reading)
It may be our community's toughest challenge: We really don't know one another, nor do we always get why we should. We asked this astute historian to recommend five books indispensable to any gay person who wants to learn about the real range of our...
Bountiful Trip: The Charming Love Story the Trip Crosses Decades and Political Parties
The Trip * Written and directed by Miles Swain * Starring Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, and Alexis Arquette * TLA Releasing Why is the gay date film so elusive a critter? You'd think all the societal and media visibility we've gained would be good...
Defining Minority: Controversy Surrounds Salt Lake City's New Minority Affairs Coordinator, Blythe Nobleman, Who Is Not Only White but Also an out Lesbian. (Behind the Headlines)
Hispanic activists and several religious leaders in Salt Lake City are more than a little upset about the mayor's choice for the city's new minority affairs coordinator. In mid April, Mayor Rocky Anderson appointed Blythe Nobleman, a 41-year-old white...
Fancying Mr. Williams. (Reader Forum)
I was so happy to find my new issue of The Advocate with Robbie Williams on the cover ["The Second Coming of Robbie Williams," May 13]. I have "fancied" Mr. Williams for a long time, and while I would love to see him break big in the States, part of...
From Africa to Brazil: Documentary Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris Goes in Search of His Pan-African Roots in That's My Face (E Minha Cara). (Television)
For artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, the journey of self-discovery he embarks upon in his documentary film That's My Face (E Minha Cara), which premieres on the Sundance Channel on June 9, is as much steeped in his sexuality as it is in spirituality...
Gay and Phat. (Notes from a Blonde)
OK, first Eminem wins the Oscar. I was standing backstage when it happened, wondering if everybody in the Academy had decided to let their kids mark their ballots this year, but my surprise was nothing compared to Barbra Streisand's. She had actually...
Generations of Pride: P-Town's Family Week-And Similar Gatherings around the Nation-Is Becoming the Most Important Event of the Year for Many Gay Parents and Their Children. (Gay Parenting)
Sand castle building contests. Movie nights. Bonfires. Cookouts. It sounds like the itinerary of activities from virtually any summer camp--until you hear about a few of the other scheduled events, like a workshop for the children of transgendered...
Gephardt's Gay Daughter: Chrissy Gephardt Is Revving Up to Solicit Gay and Lesbian Votes for Her Dad's Presidential Bid. (Campaign 2004)
Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary, never acknowledged her sexual orientation during her father's campaign in 2000 and has said little, if anything, about it since his election. But now Dick Gephardt's lesbian daughter, Chrissy, is...
I Hate Boys. (Last Word)
I want children, and so does my boyfriend. We're lucky to have figured this out. I didn't exactly raise the subject on our third date. (Truth is, we never had a third date. Our first six months together felt like an extended sleepover.) There's just...
I'm in Real World Paris ... Get Me out of Here! Advocate Columnist and Intrepid Foreign Correspondent Charles Kaiser Finds That Being Embedded in the MTV Digs Is No Slumber Party. (Television)
I was a virtual Real World cast member for a day. I wore a body mike, lived in a house where only the bathrooms offered momentary respite from peering cameras, and never went outside without an entourage--a three-person camera crew plus assorted producers,...
Killer Klezbian: Drummer Eve Sicular and Her Klezmer Band Isle of Klezbos Bring New Heat to Traditional Yiddish Music. (Music)
Eve Sicular recalls when she first came up with Isle of Klezbos as a name for her new all-woman, mostly lesbian klezmer sextet. "The band loved it," says Sicular. "But some of my friends said, 'Don't you think it might be a stigma? Will you get bookings...
Little Victories for Gay Adoption: A Mississippi Ruling in Favor of Two Lesbian Moms Shows That States May Be Forced to Allow Gay Parents Even as They Reject Gay Couples. (Gay Parenting)
When Cheri Goldstein and Holly Perdue asked officials in Mississippi to recognize the out-of-state adoption of their 5-year-old son, Taliesin, they were denied. Parental rights, the state argued, could not be applied to a lesbian couple because the...
Meet the Parents: Santorum Said a Mouthful about Gay People, but He Was Tongue-Tied When He Came Face-to-Face with Their Families. (Politics)
Fran Kirschner, a 59-year-old Philadelphia resident and the president of the local chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, says that when she heard Sen. Rick Santorum's comments comparing homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest,...
Military Husband. (Reader Forum)
I remember picking up my first copy of The Advocate when I was 17 and crying when I realized there were other people like me out there. Today, at age 25, reading your article "Family Life During Wartime" [April 29], I cried in the same way. My partner,...
Objectionable. (Reader Forum)
I understand that one of the purposes of journalism is to give a platform to all voices regardless of whether you agree with them. Stephen Funk, the gay conscientious objector ["I Object," May 13], is a case in point. At first I was sorry you gave...
Project: Conception: Think It's Easy for Two Lesbians with a Sperm Donor to Get Pregnant? Mom-to-Be Sue Rochman Says, "Think Again". (Gay Parenting)
In November 2001 my partner, Robin, and I agreed it was time: We were going to have a baby. I was so sure I'd instantly get pregnant that I figured out the baby's due date the day after we inseminated. And when this turned out to be my mother's birthday,...
Putting the Fringe on Top: Singer-Songwriter Mark Weigle Finds Support in Writing about the Gay Community's Outsiders. (Music)
For a singer who describes his career as "trial and error," Mark Weigle has attracted a substantial following after self-releasing four CDs--including his latest, Different and the Same--that have garnered major music-store distribution and even raves...
Riding in Cars with Girls: Kate Lake Gives Us a Memoir Any Lesbian Can Understand One Car at a Time. (Summer Reading)
This is not your grandfather's memoir. Kate Lake's snappy little book--a collection of paintings, each accompanied by a short vignette--tells her life story as a series of snapshots, each episode embodied in a different car. The book, Zero to Fifty:...
Skin Games: Scott Heim's Mysterious Skin Comes to the San Francisco Stage
Mysterious Skin * Adapted by Prince Gomolvilas * Directed by Arturo Catricala * Starring Taylor Valentine, Rebecca Fisher * New Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco * Through June 28 Scott Heim's acclaimed 1995 novel, Mysterious Skin, uses UFOs as...
Still out for Blood: His First Novel, about a Gay Roman Vampire in Love with Jesus, Landed Him in Hot Water with the Religious Right. but Author Michael Schiefelbein Is Back-And So Is His Unholy Hero. (Summer Reading)
"I wanted Jesus." It's the opening line of Vampire Vow, Michael Schiefelbein's pulpy first novel about Victor Decimus, a Roman officer under Pontius Pilate who becomes a vampire after he is refused by a young and nubile Jesus Christ. After spending...
Taking a New Gamble: Richard Kwietniowski Returns after a Long Absence with Owning Mahowny, His Obsession-Drenched Follow-Up to Love and Death on Long Island. (Film)
Richard Kwietniowski had us worried there. His wryly subversive 1997 feature-film bow, Love and Death on Long Island, featuring John Hurt as a fuddy-duddy magnificently obsessed with B-flick hottie Jason Priestley, had critics and audiences marking...
The Parent Map: Two TV Documentaries and Two Books from Queer Artists Outline Their Individual Roads to Mommyhood and Daddydom. (Gay Parenting)
Daddy & Papa * Directed by Johnny Symons * PBS * June 3 Adoptions by gays seem to be downright contagious. That was the experience of filmmaker Johnny Symons, whose award-winning documentary Daddy & Papa will be shown June 3 on PBS's...
Why It's Still OK to Be Antigay: The White House's Unqualified Support for Sen. Rick Santorum after His Antigay Rant in April Is Just One More Sign of What Gay Activists Are Up against in Wooing the GOP. (Politics)
Sen. Rick Santorum was on a roll. After endorsing Texas's antigay sodomy law and comparing homosexuality to incest and polygamy, the Pennsylvania Republican said, "That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or...
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