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. 744, October 14

A President for Us
The election in 2000 will be the first in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual voters can do what groups traditionally do in America: use the presidential nominating process to maximize support for their issues. We have not until now had the same...
Back to the Future
Star date: September 2027. Well, The Advocate is turning 60, and I have been asked to document the most significant moments of the past 30 years for our movement. (I remember doing this once before, way back in 1997, when The Advocate turned 30.)...
Boogie Nights
It's amazing how entertaining a film can be and still espouse so much anachronistic nonsense. Perhaps history is better left to librarians and filmmaking to talented directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, whose new movie is Boogie Nights, a picaresque...
Darwin's Children
Science is the engine of queer history. That's true first in a purely technical sense: Discoveries in physics and chemistry, from the steam engine to artificial fertilizers, promoted industrialization and the growth of large cities--the breeding grounds...
Diana, Angel of Mercy
It took her death for people to realize exactly what she had accomplished. The tragic demise of Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris made it clear that the onetime wife of Prince Charles had changed people's attitudes toward not only the British...
... Domestically Attached
Nowadays, in 2027, we look back on the lesbian and gay civil rights movement of the 1990s and wonder what all the fuss was about. Sure, there's still prejudice and discomfort; if you can believe it, 20% of the public still tell pollsters that same-sex...
Don't Stop the Presses
Whatever its shortcomings, there is no overestimating the impact of the gay press on the history of the gay movement. Like the revolutionary pamphleteers of colonial times or the billboardists of China, the gay press has played the role of carriers...
Elsinore
In Elsinore, Robert Lepage's hypnotic one-man deconstruction of Hamlet to be performed this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, the doomed Dane wears butch black leather boots; his mother, Gertrude, is in drag; and castle...
Executive Order: Enough Hate Already
President Clinton wants to get tough on perpetrators of hate crimes. Gay activist say it's about time After years of driving around East Point, Mich., with a gay pride flag on his truck, Mark Stanow removed the decal in August. "I'm very proud of who...
Finding Peace in the Military
The next 30 years will bring enormous change in the military. There is relative peace in the world, no imminent enemy threatening America's shores. Military resources, materiel, and personnel will assume a different configuration in the next three...
Future Chic
I'm imagining gay fashion three decades from now not as gay-autonomous or gay per se but as sexy fashion in the future's separation between fashion as physical self-expression and fashion conformity. Everyone will have the classic choice of closet...
Gay Sex: Dangerous Climax
Now that the false word is dangerously being spread that AIDS, the deadliest assault on our sexuality, may be about to be conquered and now that orgy rooms are resurging, several considerations about the future of gay sexuality are pertinent. The...
Gay ... with Children
For the past several weeks, I have been trying to imagine the world of lesbian and gay parenting in the year 2027. It is a particularly daunting task for me as a parent. Parenting is necessarily tied to the present even as one gears many actions toward...
Going beyond the Politics of Bisexuality
Time heals all wounds, and the battle over bisexuality, so fierce in the late 20th century, has faded during the past 30 years. "Bisexuality exists!" and "We're all really bisexual!" were battle cries of the past. We look back from 2027 and wonder...
Happy, Healthy, and Gay
Gay health? The terms won't struggle with each other 30 years from now, the tired old equation of gay equals sick replaced by something more expansive and exuberant. Skin-deep health, by contrast, will be shallower. Laser guns will take off tattoos...
Keeping the Lambda in the Greek Alphabet
The nation's only gay fraternity celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, while its lesbian counterpart struggles with dwindling membership Those who think Greek campus life revolves around beer-drenched toga parties or pearls-and-lace high teas...
Lesbian Well-Being
The future of women's health and lesbian health looks hopeful. We finally have studies under way that will start to answer many of the important questions. For example, the Women's Health Initiative is a large national study that includes a randomized,...
Never Forget
I don't want to write about the future. I want to write about the past. We're forgetting now. Have you noticed? Time doesn't heal wounds so much as eradicate them. Time and history, like people, forget more than they remember. History, which should...
Put Your Money Where Your Sexuality Is
Money equals power--at least in a capitalistic, free-market democracy. Given the current state of economic affairs, it seems unlikely that a new system of economics will prevail in the Western hemisphere anytime soon. Thus, as gay and lesbian people,...
Race: The Growing Chasm
Thirty years from now I'll be old, arthritic, and just as annoyed at still having to discuss race discrimination for white gay readers as I am at continually explaining lesbianism to heterosexual black readers. Those on all sides seem determined to...
Rip Van Revolution
Whoever has traveled through Oregon must remember the beautiful city of Portland. It is nestled between the Cascade and Coast ranges, intersected by the mighty Columbia and Willamette rivers. The mist and mountains create magical hues of blues, pinks,...
School of Hard Knocks
When I was a high school history teacher, one of my favorite lessons was to take predictions about the future made by pundits of the past and have students compare them with what had actually happened. The pundits were almost always wrong. So it is...
Searching for That Perfect Pair of Genes
The most important development in science in the next 30 years will be the sequencing of the human genome. By the 60th anniversary of The Advocate, we will have a complete picture of every single one of the 100,000 or so genes that determine all our...
Shall We Dance?
With some reluctance I accepted the assignment of projecting into the future a description of dance, an art form that exists only in the moment. I acknowledge that any future projection demands a skillful compromise between wishful thinking and the...
Teaching Our History
It is Still not clear whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies will become securely entrenched in the university world. Academia remains--despite the right wing's claim to the contrary--a traditional-minded place. A limited number...
The Power of Persuasion
The press will determine how gay men and lesbians fit into society in the year 2027. The news media will decide whether gay marriage is a legislative issue or a legal one, and it will have a strong voice in the military debate and issues of parental...
The Psychology of Diversity
What if being a lesbian or a gay man turned out to mean you are imbued with special powers, that you have the ability, over and above that of nongay human beings, to withstand hardship, to survive your enemies, to create great beauty, to hear others...
The Sound of Music
Where is the future of gay and lesbian music headed? Who knows. The future does not exist. If the future existed, it would not, by definition, be the future. And anyone who speculates about the aesthetics of the future is always proved wrong. ...
The Threat of Mediocrity
When I look ahead 30 years, my instincts tell me that gay literature as a category will have run itself into the ground. Internal squabbling will have riven it from within, while that brand of self-interest that masquerades as piety will have driven...
Tomorrow's Togetherness
After decades in fashion exile, Birkenstocks are back--and mine are quite the collector's item. Here I am, 77 years old, living in a wonderful gay retirement community in Southern California. I keep busy writing, lecturing, working out, and learning...
Virtual Fabulousness
There's no such thing as progress in the arts. Let's get that myth out of the way right from the start. Movies progress, they evolve, but none of these things guarantee they'll get better. You can nurture talent, but you can't predict it. So there's...
Winning the Religious War
The key to the next 30 years of gay America? Keep your eye on the churches. For some of us, of course, this is an old story. Perhaps the first time I self-consciously addressed my homosexuality was at mass. It was sometime around the age of 9...
Youth at Risk
Researchers have long debated the proportion of gay and straight teenagers who attempt suicide, with some suicide experts arguing that gay kids are no more prone to suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. But a new study by pediatrician Gary...
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