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. 1033-1034, December

A Legacy Considered: Low Approval Ratings, Crushing State Deficits, a Cold Shoulder from Obama-It's Not Easy Being David Paterson. but in an Exclusive Interview, New York's Governor Explains Why He Remains a Champion of LGBT Rights
NEW YORK GOVERNOR David Paterson is no stranger to political volatility. Three years ago he swept into office as lieutenant governor alongside Eliot Spitzer in a landslide victory, then took the helm in March 2008 after his running mate's ruinous dalliances...
Best in Snow: Build Up While Going Down the Slopes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH WINTER UPON US, training outdoors becomes difficult for many. But winter sports can keep you in top shape all season long. Snowboarding, for example, isn't just a great cure for cabin fever; it also will help the average...
Cherry Jones
WHAT LOVER OF THEATER and Hollywood lore could look back on the year or so that Cherry Jones has had and not recall Julie Andrews in 1964? Passed up in favor of Meryl Streep for the role of Sister Aloysius in the 2008 film version of Doubt--a powerhouse...
Cleve Jones
In a year when Cleve Jones saw his critical role in gay history portrayed on the big screen, it wouldn't have been surprising if the pioneer had just sat back and basked in the glory of all the attention. But Jones instead continued making history....
Dangerous Liaisons: A Little Bit of Realism May Be Unsafe When It Comes to Sex Toys
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SEX TOYS HAVE EVOLVED [I] recent years--some into more discreet shapes, looking move like pop art (less embarrassing if discovered at airport security?), and others into more naturalistic devices, many of which are made from...
Don't Fence Me In: Good on Ya, Mate. You'll Do Things You Never Imagined in Australia's Outback
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I'VE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN A GROUP of international journalists on the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive--a five-day horseback adventure driving 500 head of cattle across the South Australian Outback. I've been on exactly...
Editor's Letter
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I DID WHEN I VISITED BERLIN (to interview the city's gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit) in 2003 was to find Nollendorfstrasse 17, the apartment house where Christopher Isherwood lived in the 1930s. His book The Berlin Stories, from...
Fixing Corrections: As a U.K. Court Moves to Protect Its MTF Inmates from Rape and Assault, America's Transgender Prisoners Continue to Suffer
STEFANIE RIVERA SERVED three years in a New York prison for attempted arson when, after a fight with her boss, she splashed gasoline outside the nightclub where they worked. A transgender woman, Rivera had taken hormones for years and recently underwent...
Full Disclosure: Avoid Being Madoff'd with an Online Service That Reveals All about Your Broker
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVEN WITH FINANCIAL REFORM LEGISLATION on the horizon, scams and fraud continue to thrive, often at the hands of the people entrusted with investors' money. If you're planning to invest or already use a broker's services,...
Garden State's Gay Guardian: Meet Loretta Weinberg, the Bubbe Behind New Jersey's Gay Rights Revolution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LORETTA WEINBERG remembers the moment she learned about the birth of her first grandchild in 2003. Huddled in her New Jersey state senate office with members of a coalition for domestic-partnership legislation, she was approached...
Honor Society: California Now Has a Day Set Aside to Remember Harvey Milk, Who Joins the Ranks of Other Honored Gays
IT TOOK AN OSCAR for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to change his mind about Harvey Milk (and it wasn't for one of Arnold's movies). After vetoing an effort last year to reward the slain gay rights leader with his own day, Schwarzenegger...
Hope Springs Eternal: Celebrated Novelist Andrew Holleran Takes a Journey to His Favorite Place in Florida, the Ichetucknee River
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FLORIDA IS ACTUALLY SEVERAL STATES IN ONE, and the difference between the interior and coast, north and south, panhandle and everything else is so great you should be aware of that when you come here. In other words: You can...
I Advocate ... School on Wheels
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's what FRANK VOCI, founder of the White Knot for Equality campaign (WhiteKnot.org)--which encourages celebrities and regular folk topin on white ribbon knots in support of marriage equality--is passionate about this month...
Kevin Jennings
In 1990 schoolteacher Kevin Jennings set out to stop anti-LGBT bias in Boston-area schools. After launching the country's first gay-straight alliance at Concord Academy, the Harvard alum founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, one...
Labels and Love
Last seen on the big screen as lesbian zombie-lunch in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, former child star Stacy Ferguson's got a feeling (woo-hoo!) that Nine's going to be a good, good film. Ferguson, who is better known as the Grammy-winning Black...
Lily Tomlin: The Iconic Entertainer, at 70, Shows No Signs of Slowing Down. Tomlin Opens Up about Her Extraordinary Career and Why She Never Felt the Need for a Coming-Out Party
TURNS OUT 1939 was the watershed year of the last century after all. So many things that are still relevant today started out then--television sets were first displayed at the New York World's Fair, and they still haven't been turned off; Gone With...
Pedro Almodovar
AS HE PREMIERES his 17th feature film this November, Pedro Almodovar finds himself in a somber mood. The celebrated Spanish auteur, who recently turned 60, is not feeling nostalgic, though Americans, it seems, are looking back to his earlier work--his...
People Power: It Was the Next Generation of Activists Who Kick-Started the National Equality March with a Flash Mob-And It Was 23-Year-Old David Valk Who Rallied the Troops
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] COMING DOWN from the National Equality March in October, David Valk is hard-pressed to say how it felt helping to organize the historic event. After leading the charge in California for several rallies and protests following...
Robin McGehee
WHEN YOU HEAR ROBIN MCGEHEE speak, you may come away thinking she's the next Harvey Milk. Sassy, straight-talking, and passionate, McGehee, a 36-year-old professor of human communications at the College of the Sequoias in central California and mother...
Rumor Has It: As the Decade Draws to a Close, We Look Back at Gays Outed with a Little Help from Their Enemies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As much as we like to think we came out of the closet of our own accord, most of us endured some form of outing in our lives. Many of us got called "faggot" or "dyke" during sixth-grade dodge ball; many of us were discovered...
Sam Adams
During a performance at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl last September by Portland, Ore.--based Pink Martini, out pianist and front man Thomas Lauderdale referenced Mayor Sam Adams as one of the things that makes his famously quirky hometown so famously quirky....
Shirley Tan
There are two types of activists: those who revel in the spotlight, and those who would rather slink away from it when the speech is over. Speaking with Shirley Tan, who was catapulted into national discourse following an early-morning arrest last...
The Gender Identity Divide: In 2007 the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Caused a Storm When Gender Identity Was Axed from the Bill's Language before It Went Down in Flames. Now It's Back on the Hill and Poised for Passage-But Will It Protect Those Who Need It the Most?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TONI BEASLEY WANTED this job--badly. She was once a certified nursing assistant, and ostensibly she had the qualifications for the post she was seeking: a peer health educator for an outreach program in downtown Los Angeles,...
Tom Ford: Known for His Provocative, Sexually Charged Reinventions of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, Fashion Designer Tom Ford Has Now Remade Himself, as a Filmmaker Whose Directorial Debut, A Single Man, Based on the Christopher Isherwood Novel, Is Already Winning Film Festival Accolades and Glowing Reviews. Kevin Sessums's Frank Interview with Ford Reveals the Extent to Which He's Shedding His Old Skin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I DON'T THINK OF MYSELF AS GAY. That doesn't mean that I'm not gay. I just don't define myself by my sexuality," says Tom Ford with no sense of irony in his voice. Ford built a fashion empire at...
Treasure Chestnuts: These Nuts Aren't Just a Storied Holiday Tradition. They Can Also Be a Delicious Addition to Everyday Meals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHESTNUTS ARE A HOLIDAY TREAT across the globe. We sing carols about roasting them at Christmastime, the French spend days candying and drying their marrons glacis for the holiday season, and no Japanese New Year is complete...
Velvet Mafia: The Season's Blazer of Choice Is All about Sensational Sheen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UNLESS YOU'RE A COLLEGE PROFESSOR, a frayed corduroy blazer probably won't help your chances for a little action under the mistletoe at upcoming holiday parties. This year, opt for something more...
Wilkommen! A Woman Runs Germany, and Now a Gay Man Is Poised to Steer the Nation's Foreign Affairs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON THE EVENING of September's federal election in Germany, Guido Westerwelle, the chairman of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, entered the foyer of an ostentatious Berlin hotel to chants of "Guido! Guido!" from exuberant...
Yearbook: A Look Back at This Year's Events in Our New Shared Idiom-Social Media
January [31] Barack Obama invited Rick Warren to attend MY INAUGURATION. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Joe Solmonese wrote on Barack Obama's wall: "We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of the architects and promoters of an antigay agenda...

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