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 24

A Lesbian Lutheran in the Pulpit: Despite Her Church's Ban on Noncelibate Gay and Lesbian Pastors, Mary Albing Was Appointed by a Minneapolis Congregation. (Behind the Headlines)
After 12 years as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Reverend Mary Albing wasn't sure she could come out as a lesbian. So she left a pastoral post several years ago but continued to work in the church as a hospital chaplain....
American Evolution. (My Perspective)
As a gay person, I feel fortunate to have been elected five times to public office. Being a Republican, I get criticized by both the far left and the radical right. Hate-spewing minister Fred Phelps called me a "faggot ... worthy of the death penalty."...
And Babies Make Six: As Their Quadruplets Approach Their First Birthday, Thomas Dysarz and Michael Meehan Are Redefining What It Means to Be a Family in Kentucky. (Pride 2003)
Taylor, like so many older sisters, is inquisitive and stubborn. Michael was the first to say "Da-da." Tristan is the one with dimples. And Jacob, both the youngest and the tallest, is also the family flirt. It has been nearly a year since Michael...
A Planet under Siege: The Powerful Documentary Pandemic Examines the Impact of AIDS around the World
Pandemic: Facing AIDS * Directed by Rory Kennedy * HBO * Premieres June 15 Ever since the early 1980s, when the so-called general public first became aware of the worldwide disaster now known as AIDS, the watch-cry "We've got to put a face on this...
Big Gulp: The Author of the Hilarious Running with Scissors Writes about Getting Sober in His New Memoir
Dry * Augusten Burroughs * St. Martin's Press * $24.95 Augusten Burroughs is a drunk. The funny kind who thinks the Serenity Prayer stems from the lyrics to a Sinead O'Connor song. The shallow kind who goes to gay rehab because he thinks he'll meet...
Bill Bennett's Other Addiction. (Last Word)
Ah, the joys of Washington: that wonderful city where sanctimony and intellectual dishonesty are treated like virtues instead of vices. Former Education secretary William Bennett has made millions preaching virtue to Americans (typical speaking fee:...
Billy Bean's Pitch: Four Years after Coming out the Ex-Major Leaguer Faces a Quandary: Should He Now Push Other Pro Athletes to Do the Same? (Pride 2003)(cover Story)
Billy Bean is having a wardrobe crisis. In three hours he's due on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot for an interview with Tom Arnold on the Best Damn Sports Show Period. Bean will be talking about his new book, Going the Other Way, a memoir of...
Center of Attention: Out of a 19th-Century Carriage House, a GLBT Student Center Rises at the University of Pennsylvania. (Culture)
Even buildings can come out of the closet. An 1877 carriage house in Philadelphia, now transformed into a home base for queer students at the University of Pennsylvania by out architect Belmont Freeman, illustrates the point. Carriage houses--the...
Chick Chick Hooray! (Don't Get Me Started)
Just so you know, the Dixie Chicks make me proud to be a lesbian. They are an Axis of Excellent Straight Women. Fending off a hard-charging, devil's-advocating Diane Sawyer on a recent Primetime Thursday, the Chicks stood their ground, and lo, Sawyer...
Dressed to Trill: Superstar Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet Talks about Rescuing the Piano Solos of Erik Satie-And Wearing Vivienne Westwood Originals. (Music)
"Very often I have invitations to go to dinner parties with heads of state or royalty or ambassadors or whomever, and I'll always say I have a companion with me and I'd like him to be invited," says French classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, 41....
Gaytona Speedway: One of the Fastest-Growing Spectator Sports in America, NASCAR Racing Also Counts Many Gay Fans in Its Stands. (Pride 2003)
The speed. The cars. The drivers. The crashes. The pit crew. The competition. The drams. Herein lies the appeal of NASCAR races for fans everywhere. But this is no longer your redneck cousin's lowbrow entertainment. "Perception of the sport is based...
Guitar Goddess: Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin Talks about Hiking the Rockies, Nurturing Talent at Juilliard, and Playing J.S. Bach and Joan Baez. (Music)
After classical guitarist Sharon Isbin came out in Out magazine in 1995, she didn't think people would be all that interested. She found out differently a week later at a concert in Atlanta. "I remember walking out onstage, thinking, They know,"...
L.A. Differential: Two Lesbian Novelists Take Us to a Los Angeles beyond the Cliches
Southland * Nina Revoyr * Akashic * $15.95 Crawfish Dreams * Nancy Rawles * Doubleday * $21.95 Heritage can creep up on you. Jackie Ishida, the heroine of Nina Revoyr's Southland, may be descended from Japanese parents, but she's as heedlessly...
Marriage on His Mind: Longtime Crusader Evan Wolfson Sets out to Win Same-Sex Marriage Rights within Five Years. (Pride 2003)
On a crumpled sliver of paper carried in his wallet, firebrand activist Evan Wolfson keeps a photocopied reminder of why he is so tenacious in pursuing the brand of uncompromising activism that has become his signature. It's a quote from abolitionist...
Not Antigay Enough: Far-Right Leaders Wage Political War over President Bush's "Pro-Gay" Bent. (Election 2004)
Is President Bush too gay-friendly? That's what a number of U.S. religious-right leaders are charging. And if the president doesn't change his ways, some conservatives are threatening to withhold their support for his 2004 reelection bid. In a scene...
Postcards from over the Edge: Editing His New Line of Books, Dennis Cooper Is Determined to Live Up to His Own Edgy Standards. (Books)
"I'm looking for stuff that blows my mind," says Dennis Cooper. "It has to be adventurous. I don't want to start publishing books that are normal. Those books can already get published." The gay cult novelist--author of the controversial Frisk,...
Pride and the Single Girl: Marga Gomez Talks about Turning a Disastrous Pride-Month Passion into Her New Comedy Show. (Theater)
Marga Gomez is over the rainbow. She's had it up to here with the multicolored buttons, the T-shirts, the underwear. In fact, the comedian gets so fired up about it in her new show, Marga Gomez's Intimate Details (running at New York's La MaMa Theatre,...
P-Town's Angry Clown: Comic and Playwright Ryan Landry Combines Nudity and Activism to Defend the Spirit of His Beloved Provincetown. (Theater)
"Being gay just isn't what it used to be," says Provincetown, Mass., playwright and performer Ryan Landry. "There is an embracing of mediocrity. Circuit party culture is a sheep mentality. They would dance into the gas chambers of Nazi Germany if Junior...
Road Warrior: Italian Actress Regina Orioli Says Gasoline Delivers the Lesbian Content That Thelma & Louise Just Hinted. (Film)
"It's not a movie about lesbianism; it's a love story with lesbianism as an ensemble characteristic," says actress Regina Orioli, sipping her cappuccino in the bar of Toronto's Sutton Place Hotel. Her English is delicately flavored with the accent...
She Calls the Shots: Monica Webb Is the World's Sixth-Ranked Woman Billiard Player. She's Also the First the Pro Tour to Come out. What Makes Her So Bold?
Stopping by The Advocate's offices en route to her next match, Monica Webb brings to mind those old-time sports heroes that kids with cowlicks once looked up to. If she's rattled about giving the first coming-out interview in the history of the Women's...
Silent Knights. (Reader Forum)
Caitlin Meuse was one of more than 200,000 students at approximately 2,000 high schools nationwide who courageously and peacefully took action on April 9, the national Day of Silence--a project of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network--to...
Spice Boys: Marilyn's Boys, a Pop Quintet from Germany, Talk about Making Their Mark as the First All-Gay Boy Band. (Music)
"Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay?"--that Internet parody of the band's "I Want It That Way"--is the song on my mind when I meet Marilyn's Boys, because here the question is irrelevant. They're all gay. "Our record company came up with the idea," says...
Stories of Our Lives: Three Documentaries Airing in June Examine Queer Lives from Politics to Activism to Real Estate
Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay * Directed by Eric Slade * PBS, June 20, 10 P.M. (check local listings) Director Eric Slade more than does justice to one of the most pivotal lives in modern gay history with this extraordinary documentary....
The Poseidon Adventurer: Diver Judith Rubin Has Been under the Waves All over the World, and the Water's Fine. (Pride 2003)
"You can run into homophobia anywhere, but I really do think that attitude is in the minority," says scuba diver and videographer Judith Rubin. "I kinda laugh at them and make them feel foolish, then go on my merry way. If you let them intimidate you,...
Urban Nonlegends: A Novel of Aging Urbanites Brings out a Gentler Side of Gary Indiana
Do Everything in the Dark * Gary Indiana * St. Martin's * $23.95 In his last three novels--Resentment, Three Month Fever, and Depraved Indifference--Gary Indiana explored the psycho psyches of Erik and Lyle Menendez, Andrew Cunanan, and Sante and...
What's So Gay about Gypsy? in Its Current Broadway Revival with Bernadette Peters, the Iconic Musical Remains a Must-See for Gay Audiences
Gypsy * Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim * Directed by Sam Mendes * Starring Bernadette Peters, Tammy Blanchard; and John Dossett * Shubert Theatre, New York City (open run) This summer, the top destination...
Who Pays for Pride? the Parties and Parades Come at a Price, and Eager Corporate Sponsors Are More Than Happy to Foot the Bill. (Pride 2003)
Look beyond the pink feather boas, rainbow flags, the white briefs, the bare chests, and the fake breasts at Atlanta's pride observance in the city's Piedmont Park. Look beyond the flash to the Porta Pottis, the Dumpsters, the tents, the chairs, and...
Who Wants to Date a Millionaire? Can a Service That Promises to Match Eligible Gay Bachelors with Men of Means Really Result in True Love?
Dan, a 28-year-old aspiring Los Angeles actor, and some of his friends were flipping through a gay magazine earlier this year when an ad for a dating service called the Gay Millionaires Club caught their eye. The friends joked about how jaded they...
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