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 23

Better Luck Next Time: Promising Openly Gay and Lesbian Candidates across the Country Fell by the Wayside in 2004. Surprisingly, Their Sexuality Was Not an Issue with Voters
Despite a banner year for out candidates in statewide and local elections, gay men and lesbians will have no more representatives on Capitol Hill than before the 2004 election cycle. Incumbents Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Barney Frank of Massachusetts,...
Bill & Al's Excellent Adventure: Out Oscar Winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) Talks about Taking on Alfred Kinsey, Bisexual Icon of the Sexual Revolution, in a a New Film
These days, gay people most often invoke mid-century sex researcher Alfred Kinsey as source for the estimate that 10% of adults are gay (an oversimplification of one of his many findings) and for the Kinsey scale, grading sexual behavior from 0 (exclusively...
Civil Unions Come to New Zealand: Chris Carter Has Fought Long and Hard to Make His Country the First in the Southern Hemisphere to Provide Full Rights to Same-Sex Couples
Widely known as one of the Southern Hemisphere's most gay-friendly places, New Zealand is poised to join the ranks of those nations that provide marriage or marriage-like rights to gay and lesbian couples. Earlier this year a civil union bill was passed...
Coming out before God: Minister Beth Stroud Worked Up the Courage to Come out in Her Flock. Now Featured in a PBS Documentary, She May Face a Trial to Determine Her Future as a Pastor
One spring day in April 2003, the First United Methodist Church in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood was standing room only. The congregation listened intently as the Reverend Beth Stroud, the associate pastor, gave her sermon. Yet this was no...
Defending the Rainbow
Every year at Montclair State University in New Jersey we hold a flag-raising ceremony on National Coming Out Day. A rainbow flag is raised along with the state and national flags. This year I had the honor of speaking. There I stood on a beautiful...
Doing Unto Others: It's the Holidays, Which Means You've Got Too Many Gifts to Buy for Too Many Special People in Your Life. but We've Got Ideas for You-Yes, We Do-Ranging from the Geeky to the Generous
Even a queer ol' Scrooge who considers the adage "It's better to give than to receive" loathsome must admit that a gift benefiting a pro-gay cause is a fabulous thing. A few items from last year (or twists thereupon) are being offered again: Human...
Everything Fans Want: Want Two Feels a Bit like Rufus Wainwright Vamping until His Next Album-But the Enclosed Concert DVD Is a Must for Devotees of the out Troubadour
Want Two (CD-DVD combo) * Rufus Wainwright * DreamWorkS * $21.95 Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright an as-yet unheralded American treasure, and one imagines Wainwright would respond, with the casual confidence he exudes, "Quite true." Treasure?...
"Faggot" Phobia
When Green Day sing that they are the faggot America" in their hit single "American Idiot," they are rejecting the "redneck agenda" and "paranoia" that in their view are sweeping the nation. So there is some irony in the fact that the word "faggot"...
Get Wired: Watch Season 1 on DVD and You May Find Yourself Fatally Addicted to HBO's the Wire
Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't watch HBO's The Wire and didn't see why I should. It was way too complicated. Work that hard to fathom a cop show? Puh-le-e-eze. That was before my girlfriend and I got hold of The Wire: The Complete Season One...
Glam? Thank You, Ma'am: Gender Blenders Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Toilet Boys Return with New Releases
Godstar: Thee Director's Cut *Psychic TV * Voiceprint Early Years * Toilet Boys * Ozit Morpheus Androgyny in rock is nothing new, from Little Richard's powder and pomade to that tightly corseted terror Marilyn Manson. But genuine drag queens...
Green Day Dawns Anew: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Talks about the Band's Political and Provocative New Opus, American Idiot
Growing up around openly gay relatives would certainly seem to improve the odds of a child becoming a tolerant and open-minded adult. Well, perhaps tolerant isn't the best adjective for Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer and guitarist for punk band...
Han Ong Returns: The Queer Filipino Literary Phenomenon Is Back with a Provocative New Novel
New York playwright and novelist Han Ong put himself on the map in 2001 with the celebrated Fixer Chao, the delicious tale of a street hustler hired by a journalist to pose as a feng shui master, the better to exploit clueless New York high society....
Healing in Her Own Hands: A Decade Ago, Meg Gaines Received News That She Had Ovarian Cancer. She Beat the Odds and Is Helping Others Face Their Fears
In January 1994, at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with what the doctor called a "small focus of clear cell carcinoma" within a "borderline tumor" in my ovary. That night, I remember sitting on the top of my basement steps in Madison, Wis., and trying...
Hold the Assimilation
Two years ago, my partner, daughter, and I moved from San Francisco to Northampton, Mass. Noho, as the locals call it, has a lesbian mayor and a critical mass of dykes. Women walk arm in arm down Main Street, frequently and unafraid. In my daughter's...
Holy Terror: Pedro Almodovar Talks about Catholicism, the Thrill of the "Prohibited," and the Bad Education of an Entire Generation
"I'm still jet-lagged," warns director Pedro Almodovar before giving an interview in his favorite Los Angeles hotel. But a sleep-deprived Almodovar still makes for a more musing interview than most wide-awake Hollywood types. Using a pen to draw diagrams...
Just for Fun
Cheeky tees Hot new fashion that's part wit, part time warp. Are you feeling "hungry like the wolf," or do you just want to "rock the casbah"? Make your statement on supersoft, high-quality T-shirts. By Loveit Designs, $20 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
La Belle LaBruce: Two Sexy New DVDs Remind Us That in the World of Canadian Provocateur Bruce LaBruce, the Revolution Will Not Be PG-13
The Raspberry Reich * Written and directed by Bruce LaBruce * Starring Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Batscher, Andreas Rupprecht * Strand Releasing Home Video Sugar * Written by Todd Klinck and John Palmer; based on stories by Bruce LaBruce * Directed...
Life Lessons from Melissa: Melissa Etheridge Is Now One of Thousands of Lesbians Battling Breast Cancer. A Special Report from the Women and Researchers on the Front Lines
Just minutes after rocker Melissa Etheridge posted notice on her Web site October 8 that she was being treated for breast cancer, her message board was bombarded with hundreds of supportive notes from fans. "Wow, I didn't see this coming," the singer...
Ms. Pac-Man's Gay Kids: The Growing Number of out Video Garners Has Led to More Gay Game Characters
Pipe-leaping plumbers? Sure. Big-breasted archaeologists? Whatever. But the first time I saw Fergus and Patrick kiss, I couldn't believe my eyes. I couldn't believe it because they were characters in the virtual suburbia of The Skins, and back in 2000...
Not Getting Married Today: In January, California Will Equal Vermont in States' Rights for Same-Sex Couples. but Some Gays and Lesbians Are Finding Advantages to Remaining Legally Single
On New Year's Day, 2005, one of the country's most sweeping domestic-partnership laws will go into effect for California's same-sex couples. Signed into law by former governor Gray Davis, the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities...
Parker at Loose Ends: Craig Lucas's Reckless Doesn't Ignite, despite the Presence of Mary-Louise Parker
Reckless * Written by Craig Lucas * Directed by Mark Brokaw * Starring Mary-Louise Parker * Biltmore Theatre, New York City, through December 12 Do we ever really know another person?" That's the question that runs through Craig Lucas's Reckless,...
Plug and Play
Pioneer DVR-810H-S DVD Recorder with built-in TiVo This is heaven for your TV-addict pals. As if watching all their favorite America's Next Top Model episodes at their leisure wasn't enough, now they can download what they've digitally recorded to...
Republicans vs. the Military: Can Log Cabin's Court Challenge to the Military's Gay Ban Succeed in a Time of War?
In a move that surprised many legal advocates, lawyers for the gay political group Log Cabin Republicans on October 12 filed a federal challenge to the military s ban on openly gay service members, claiming that it violates their constitutional rights....
Seasons of Love: Celebrated Playwright Paula Vogel Talks about Her Own Celebrations-A New York Theater Season Devoted to Her Work, and a Wedding with Her Longtime Partner
It may be the worst of times, but it's also the best of times for Paula Vogel. In September the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright married professor Anne Fausto-Sterling, her lover of 16 years. And New York's Signature Theatre Company is in the midst...
Shania Twain
Our favorite Canadian-born crossover goddess has long since proved that there's nobody-gay, straight, or otherwise--who doesn't love her music. In November the queen of exclamatory song rifles ("Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" "UP!") delivers Shania Twain:...
Weight of the World: Openly Gay Chris Morgan Hopes to Win a World Weight-Lifting Title
Chris Morgan's path to becoming one of the strongest men in the world began at a London gym seven years ago. A fellow weight lifter glanced at the Brit and remarked: "You realize, you're very, very strong and what you're doing is a sport." Morgan took...
Why Mom Won't Get Married
"Don't you and Ann want to get married?" When same-sex couples in San Francisco began marrying last February, I immediately called Mom. She and Ann have been together 20 years. They fell in love in Ventura County, Calif.--the same county where a judge...
William's Room
On either side of the door to William's room, there are framed photographs of a young Brad Pitt (at his first Oscars, looking very Clark Gable) and Meg Tilly (beneath a sea of flowers). Is there any question this child is growing up in a gay household?...
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