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 13

A Call to Arms
For 40 years I have had the honor of participating in some of the great social movements of our time. Who can forget the fire hoses and dogs Birmingham, Ala., used against young African-Americans fighting for their rights or the horrible charge of...
A Different Kind of Clubbing: From Softball to Bowling, Sports Clubs Are Bringing Gays and Lesbians Together across the U.S
When the New York City Gay Hockey Association released its "Hockey Boys 2004" calendar showing black-and-white photos of partially clothed players in locker-room poses, it sold like hotcakes. "People were really pleased that we were using real players,"...
A Flexible Inner Peace: Yoga Helps Gay Men and Lesbians Stay Fit and Develop Self-Esteem. There Are Even Classes for Those Who like to Go Naked
One of the hottest spots in West Hollywood, Calif., on Friday nights is not a trendy club but a loft building on Fairfax Avenue that houses City Yoga. At 6 P.M., Marc Holzman is teaching Anusara Yoga--a technique developed seven years ago that uses...
A Home Run against Homophobia
Andrea Zimbardi didn't just sit in the dugout when she was kicked off her college softball team for being a lesbian she fought back As cocaptain of the women's softball team at the University of Florida, Andrea Zimbardi never imagined she'd spend...
A Kick in the Teeth
I think it's sale to say that President Bush has no idea that in proposing an amendment to the Constitution mil to ban gay marriage he has accomplished something that no other event or political figure has managed to do: He has galvanized a previously...
Allies on the Right Republican Leaders Are Telling Their Rank and File Not to Support Gay Marriage. Is Anyone Listening?
When the student newspaper at conservative Baylor University in Waco, Tex., published a column in late February supporting gay marriages and civil unions, there was a rumble from above. It wasn't the Lord, but the school's president, Robert Sloan Jr.,...
Are Gay Priests to Blame? David France, Who Wrote the Definitive Investigation of the Catholic Church's Sex Scandal, Argues That the Vatican's Homophobia Drove Many Gay Priests to Abuse Youths
It's easy to dismiss the child abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church as having little to do with gay people, because pedophiles and mature gay men are hot the same thing. Right? David France, the openly gay author of the just published Out...
Becoming Her Mother: Lisa Kron's New Show Reaffirms Her Gift for Turning Family Drama into Universal Comedy
Lisa Kron, the performer and writer who helped start comedy's Five Lesbian Brothers and explored her father's heritage of the Holocaust in her acclaimed 1997 solo piece 2.5 Minute Ride, focuses on her mother's side of the family in her new show, Well,...
Brother Bare: Son Frere Director Patrice Chereau May Be the Coolest Queer Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of
"It's a dream," says Patrice Chereau of his new film Son Frere. "It's about two brothers who don't have a relationship with one another, then one becomes ill. Suddenly he discovers that he doesn't have the strength to resist and fight the disease....
Courting Discrimination: The 2003 Supreme Court Ruling That Demolished Sodomy Laws Has Yet to Provide a Boost for Gay Rights at the Local Level
Last summer, gay rights advocates hailed the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down remaining sodomy laws across the country. Jubilant speakers at rallies everywhere predicted that the Lawrence v. Texas decision would drastically influence...
Dance Music Dos & Don'ts: It's White Party Season, and You Want Music That Will Make You Shake It, Four Advocate Music Critics Offer Their Picks for Must-Buy and Must-Avoid Dance Music Collections
MARGARET COBLE BUY: Kaskade: San Francisco Sessions, v. 4--Soundtrack to the Soul (Om) DJ-producer Ryan Raddon (a.k.a. Kaskade) bas quickly become a poster boy for all that is good and hopeful about the present and future of deep house music,...
Dixie Mystery: A Best-Selling Author Tells the True Story of Charleston Socialite Dawn Simmons, Whose Transition from Male to Female Was Just One of Her Adventures
Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love * Edward Ball * Simon and Schuster * $24 Dawn Simmons had it all, starting with a childhood at England's Sissinghurst Castle, home of Vista Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. As...
Dueling Gay Games in 2006: Chicago Is the New Chosen City for Gay Games 2006, While Montreal Will Offer a Competing Event. Can Either Break the Games' Financial Curse?
After Montreal withdrew as host of the 2006 Gay Games--throwing the world's premier gay athletic competition into jeopardy--the event's governing body on March 2 selected a new host: Chicago. Montreal was chosen in 2001, but a disagreement last...
Gay Marriage's Secret Weapons: Local Politicians, like New Paltz, N.Y., Mayor Jason West, Are the Most Effective Activists for Marriage Equality
Openly gay Nyack, N.Y., mayor John Shields is not performing same-sex marriages, but he's not sitting on file sidelines. He is suing the New York State Department of Health, which regulates marriage licenses, and lobbying state "lawmakers for support....
Girl Meets Boys: Fox Tests One Woman's Gaydar on the Guess-Who's-Not-Gay Dating Show Playing It Straight
Spotting the queen in the crowd is hot as simple as checking out the tightness of his jeans, especially in this age of Queer Eyeinfluenced metrosexuals. So it's no surprise that purveyors of reality television would take advantage of the mythic gaydar...
Mary Cheney Is Missing: Amid a Nationwide Debate over Marriage, the Vice President's Lesbian Daughter Remains Silent. Activists Are Increasing Pressure on Her to Speak out as Other Gay Children of Marriage Opponents Have Already Done
The vice president's rambling Victorian mansion in Washington, D.C. may be placed far behind a security fence. But oh, to be a fly on the wall of recent dinnertime discussions between Vice President Dick Cheney; his wife, Lynne; and their lesbian daughter,...
Not Giving Up: Activists Vow That Roadblocks to Marriage Equality in San Francisco and Massachusetts Will Be Only Temporary
It's not over yet. The California supreme court on March 11 ordered a halt to the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples in San Francisco, and the same day the Massachusetts legislature gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would...
On the Towns: Want to Get Married in Your Hometown? Urge Your Local Officials to Follow the Path of These Cities' Defiant Leaders
ASBURY PARK, N.J. POPULATION: 16,930 PERCENTAGE IN HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGES: 29.2 MARRIAGE ADVOCATE: Deputy Mayor James Bruno, a divorced father of two, married his first same-sex couple on March 8. QUOTE: "It felt like any other wedding...
Paul Winfield: The Gay Actor's Truest Role Was Seen by a Small Audience
0bituaries of the gay and famous are invariably frustrating. When actor Paul Winfield died of a heart attack on Match 7, his performances in The 1972 classic family drama Sounder and the 1978 miniseries King were duly noted by The New York Times. But...
Singing at the Statehouse
The night before I went to the Massachusetts statehouse on February 11 to protest a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, I tore up an old box and made a sign. It read, "I'm 19. I'm a college student. And one day I'd like to get married."...
Spring Time for Queer Film: It's the Calm between the Oscars and the Summer Movie Season; Find out Which New Gay Films Are Worth Your While
Showboy * Written by Christian Taylor and Jason Buchtel * Directed by Christian Taylor and Lindy Heymann Here! Films First, the true stuff. Three years ago, Christian Taylor, a nice-looking, 30-something British transplant to Los Angeles, was sitting...
Stronger Than the Mighty Cirque: When Cirque Du Soleil Fired Openly Gay Gymnast Matthew Cusick from His Dream Job for Being HIV-Positive, He Fought Back and Won
When openly gay gymnast Matthew Cusick was called into a meeting with Cirque du Soleil officials last April, he thought he was taking the final step in his lifelong quest to be an acrobatic performer. The Maryland resident had quit his job as a gymnastics...
The Home of Your Dreams
Greetings, homeowner! And welcome to Wavering Facades, the world's first gated and secure metrosexual community. Behind these stoutly patrolled walls, you are free to pursue the lifestyle of your choosing, unfettered by the judgments of conventional...
The Lonely Gay Olympian: Openly Gay and Lesbian Olympians Will Be in Short Supply This Summer in Athens. Meet Robert Dover, the One out Competitor So Far
As the qualifying rounds for the 2004 Olympic Gaines continue, one thing is becoming clear: There will be few openly gay or lesbian members of Team USA. Fans attending the games in Athens--to be held from August 13 to August 29 will probably see a...
Winds of Change
I was moved to tears by your article on gay marriage ["Life After Gay Marriage," March 16], as I have five gay sons who, in our home state, do not have the same rights as other Americans. Conservatives against change have worn out the argument about...
Women's Movement: Out Choreographer Gina Gibney Shows Battered Women How Dance Can Help Rebuild Their Lives
Battered women in shelters don't put therapeutic dance workshops high on their list of priorities. Choreographer Gina Gibney kept that in mind the first time she offered her services to such a group from New York's outer boroughs. They greeted her...
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