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 November 20

Abfab. the Complete Guide: Are You Fashionably Late in Discovering Absolutely Fabulous, Sweetie? as the Show Returns with New Episodes, Here's a Guide to Everything Gay Viewers Need to Know
Whether you look at them as role models or as cautionary tales, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone set the standard for adorably excessive behavior in the BBC television series Absolutely Fabulous, which Comedy Central is bringing back to the United States...
Breaking the Cycle: Two Top California AIDS Groups Fire Pallota TeamWorks. (Aids Ride)
After it raised more than $40 million for AIDS causes in the past eight years, the Los Angeles--based for-profit group Pallotta TeamWorks' oldest event, the California AIDSRide, has had its legs cut out from under it. Citing escalating costs and ideological...
Channel Master: TiVo Is the Gift That Puts Good-And Bad-TV at Your Fingertips. (Cool Stuff)
There's a new man in my life. He has no eyes to speak of, a crooked smile, and two droopy antennae. He may not be that handsome, but I'm hooked on his love all the same. His name is TiVo. Like its primary competitor, Replay, TiVo is a digital video...
Dance of Death. (Theater Review: Death, Where Is Thy Sting?)
Dance of Death * Written by August Strindberg; adapted by Richard Greenberg * Directed by Scan Mathias * Starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren * Broadhurst Theatre, New York City (through January 13) "Is he dead?" Alice (Helen Mirren) asks hopefully...
Divinely Inspired: The Gloriously Transgressive Drag Star Returns, as Seen by Friends and His Mom. (Music / Books)
When we think of Divine--drag's late, great leading lady--we envision him surrounded by the extended film family of trash auteur John Waters. Picturing Divine with an actual mom and dad is more of a stretch. Which is one reason why your friends in...
Frankie Gets Motivated: Master DJ Frankie Knuckles Delivers a Hot New CD Just in Time for the Holidays. (Music)
House music legend Frankie Knuckles wants to give you a lift this holiday season--on the dance floor and at home. "Touring as much as I have over the past five years," says the much-in-demand DJ-writer-producer, "one of the things I tapped into is:...
From Grief to Action. (Last Word)
When I saw Woody Allen's Radio Days, I remember being struck by the fact that American people, for the first time, thanks to radio, were suddenly able to jointly experience the same emotional moment in "real time," as we've come to call it. They were...
Gay Life during Wartime. (My Perspective)
When Michelle Benecke and I cofounded Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in 1993, most could understand Michelle's interest. She had attended the University of Virginia on an ROTC scholarship, distinguished herself in the Army as one of the few women...
Gifts That Give: The Money You Spend for Gifts Can Help Others a World Away, Such as People with HIV in South Africa. (Good Works)
Want to see your loved ones perfectly dressed for the season of giving? For a mere $10, get them an H.I.V. POSITIVE T-shirt with South African slogans on the back from Treatment Action Campaign, an activist group fighting for affordable HIV medications...
Hemingway's Son Gloria: When Ernest Hemingway's Son Died in Prison, the World Learned He Had Been a Troubled Man Who Found the Strength to Live His Life as He Saw Best-As a Woman. (Culture)
There is a particularly powerful American myth based on the literature of Ernest Hemingway. It revolves around the supermacho, hypermasculine, independent male who can act without internal conflict in the face of all the serious challenges thrown at...
Honoring Our Own. (Readerforum)
Of all the editorials I have read since the September 11 tragedy, Judy Wieder's column "Equal at Last" is by far the best [Letter From the Editor in Chief, October 23]. When I would hear of one of our community being a victim of this day, I felt a...
Lovin' la Marga Loca: The Fearless Comic Blows the Whistle on Lesbian Sexual Repression in Her New One-Woman Show. (Theater)
It took a long time for Marga Gomez to figure this out, but it's not sex or love that puts the kibosh on a relationship--it's the choices one makes in a partner. "It's going after unavailable women," says Gomez, who realized something important about...
More Fallout from the War: Some Muslim Allies of the United States May Take This Opportunity to Crack Down on Gay Men and Lesbians in Their Countries. (World)
An Arabic saying, roughly translated, warns: "Beat the constrained, and it is the free who will be frightened." In many Muslim countries oppressive rulers have long used their local gay and lesbian populations as public whipping boys to chill, all...
Noble Souls. (Readerforum)
Just when I thought I had reached my saturation point with the horrific events of September 11, along comes your October 22 issue. Attempting to numb myself to any more tears or pain from the event. I picked up your issue highlighting the heroes and...
Puppetry of the Penis. (Theater Review: Stupid People Tricks)
Puppetry of the Penis * Conceived, created, and performed by Simon Morley and David Friend * John Houseman Theatre, New York City (open run) Marcel Duchamp was truly a genius. In fact, the French-born trickster-philosopher of 20th-century art was...
Studney's Smokin' Reefer: Out Composer Dan Studney Talks about His Musical Version of the '30S Film Reefer Madness-And Its Adorable Lead, Christian Campbell. (Music)
Dan Studney is high, and no wonder: His musical Reefer Madness looks to be a hit. A wild, fast-paced musical parody inspired by the 1936 anti-marijuana film of the same name, Madness has generated powerful buzz in Los Angeles--where it premiered three...
Sweet Success: After Years of Championing Equal Rights for Same-Sex Couples in California, Carole Migden Watches Her Dreams Become Legislative Reality. (Behind the Headlines)
As dozens of gay activists looked on at an October 14 signing ceremony in Sacramento, California governor Gray Davis signed AB 25, a law granting an array of legal rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples second only to Vermont's civil union...
Three Flights. (Final Cut)
September 10, American Airlines Flight 223, Boston to Los Angeles--Returning home from the opening weekend of my play, Letters From 'Nam. Delayed an hour on the tarmac. My partner, Christopher, and I sit and read impatiently. Two friends happen to...
Working Stiff: Actor Michael Cunio Explains Why He Was Up to Playing the Title Character in the Fluffer. (Film)
"When I was a kid, fluffing meant farting," actor Michael Cunio recalls. But the titular role he embodies in the dark new dramedy The Fluffer has nothing to do with prepubescent flatulence, dryer settings, or even quilting. Instead, this fluffer is...
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