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 July 22

Before She Went Greek: Novelist Mary Renault Threw Her Own Gay Sexuality into Her Gripping Novels of Ancient Greece-But before That She Wrote about the Gay Life She Lived
Mary Renault is an enduring literary superstar, and not just because of her addictive way with a story. Twenty years after her death, her eight best-selling novels of ancient Greece--especially her trilogy on the pansexual ancient hero Alexander the...
Big Blue Wants You: IBM Looks to Make an Eightfold Boost in the Number of Gay Businesses It Buys Supplies From
Alongtime leader when it comes to diversity, IBM is now making another bold move. The Armonk, N.Y.-based computer giant has announced that it is actively seeking gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, and transgender-owned businesses as part of its effort to diversify...
Blame Canada: Equal Marriage Rights in Canada Will Also Allow U.S. Gays to Wed Legally. How Will That Affect the Fight for Marriage Rights at Home?
A few days before Prime Minister Jean Chretien's June 17 announcement that Canada would become the first nation outside of Europe to grant equal marriage rights to gay men and lesbians, Beth Hayes and Pam Trainor of Spencer, Ind., drove across the...
Boys on Film: The Quartet of Gay-Themed Shorts in Boys Life 4 Yields One Gem and Three Earnest Attempts
It's raining twinks. Boys Life, that omnibus film series for ageist gay white males with short attention spans, is back. While this fourth installment gallantly concedes that there is life after 25, the concerns of its characters remain more or less...
Delicious Duo: The Gay Half of the Danish Dance Act Junior Senior Tells How He's Become an Unlikely Pop Pinup
The walls of New York's famed Knitting Factory nightclub seem to be shaking. A capacity crowd of sweaty, downright joyful men and women are grinding and pogo-dancing in unison to a vibrant new wave-spiked dance groove that delightfully recalls the...
Go Ask Alec
Because gay Asians and their admirers face unique conflicts and quandaries, I'm devoting this column to advice from yours truly--America's gay Asian sweetheart. Dear Alec Mapa, I'm an attractive 28-year-old Vietnamese-American, and all I ever...
Gore Power to You: A New PBS Documentary Examines the Wonderfully Uncensored Political and Literary Life of Gore Vidal
About halfway through the new PBS American Masters documentary The Education of Gore Vidal, the novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, occasional actor, full-time political commentator, and self-described "national nag" remarks that when he...
Happy Campers: Queer and Straight Kids Bond in Camp, the All-Singing, All-Dancing Gay Feel-Good Movie of the Summer
High school student know instinctively what adults often need help to understand: Gays have to join forces with straight people to get Tht's the spirit behind the summer movie Camp, in which sexual orientation is secondary to talent. And time and again...
Hollywood Shuffle: What Is It like to Take Meetings in Hollywood with a Gay Documentary Film Crew on Your Tail? Q. Allan Brocka Tells How He Faced the Cameras in Gay Hollywood
You want to make it in Hollywood, and you're gay. Are you ahead of the game--or behind the eight ball? Five young gay actors and directors put that question to the test as they try to get ahead in show business in Gay Hollywood, World of Wonder's two-part...
Jazz Lovers: For Jazz Stars Dena DeRose and Sheryl Bailey, Being in Love Means Finishing Each Other's Sentences and Sometimes Even Stealing a Weekend at Home
They're both top jazz artists, but their music is worlds apart. Singer-pianist Dena DeRose brings a modern-jazz hipness to the American standard repertoire. Guitarist Sheryl Bailey composes swinging, hard-bop instrumental and experiments with her instrument's...
Kissing Reese Witherspoon: Kissing Jessica Stein Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Guides the Newly Minted Superstar through the Think-Pink Sequel Legally Blonde 2
Talk about a dog-eat-dog town. A minute ago filmmaker Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein.) was striding happily through a Santa Monica, Calif., coffeehouse when a large sheepdog shot out from his master's table and bit him in the tush....
Muppet Boy Makes Good: The Hit Play Avenue Q Tells a Coming-Out Story in Sesame Street Style-And Predicts Stardom for out Puppeteer John Tartaglia
Avenue Q is a mythical neighborhood in the lower East Village, "the place you live when you can't afford to live anyplace else"--especially if you're a young puppet on the go or just like catchy songs with memorable, hilarious lyrics. Arguably the...
Party of Five: A Team of Savvy Gay Men Use Their Talents to Uplift Clueless Heteros in Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Boston's South End, two years ago: Woman berates her husband for his slovenly appearance. "Why can't you look like them?" she asks, pointing to four smartly dressed, groomed, and mannered gay men. Instead of belittling her husband, the gay guys come...
Reaching Straight Men
How many straight men have you talked to lately? I ask only because it seems to me that this is the one activist activity we all tend to shy away from. Yes, we attend gay pride, or we write our congressmen, or we pen letters to the editor, vent on...
Savage Suit: In a Test of What Constitutes Free Speech, Far-Right Talk Show Host Michael Savage Is Suing the Web Sites That Have Urged Major Sponsors to Desert His TV Show
Should controversial talk show host Michael Savage have the right to demand damage.s from people who urge his advertisers not to support him? Savage, host of MSNBC'sSavage Nation TV program as well as a radio talk show, has earned a reputation for...
Saving the Baghdad Zoo: Gay Environmentalist Stephan Bognar from San Francisco Spent Two Months Dodging Bullets in Iraq to Care for Zoo Animals
Some of the most ferocious fighting during the war in Iraq took place near the gates of the Bagdad Zoo, located close to several palaces that once belonged to Saddam Hussein and his sons. By the time Stephan Bognar, employed by the international...
The Fight for the Tiara: Donald Trump, Who Owns the Miss Universe Pageant, Stands in the Way of a New Drag Pageant, Miss Gay Universe
Donald Trump is in trouble with another big-haired blond. Like all the other buxom blonds who land Trump in the news, this one's also a fox, namely drag performer Lauren Fox. When not in costume, Fox is Ben Kuhns, a 44-year-old interior designer from...
The Shallow End: Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool Has Style and Great Performances, but It's a Rather Lightweight Summer Fling
Director Francois Ozon is such a whiz that his wry, subversively sexy movies could spoil the hell out of us. The openly gay French filmmaker broke through to American moviegoers with last year's 8 Women, that whodunit hopped-up on estrogen and directed,...
Top Ten Lists for Summer: There's Plenty of Summer Left. Here Are Our Choices for Fun Ways to Fill Sunny Days and Hot Nights
WEEKEND GETAWAYS In the contiguous 48 states [1] Key West, Fla. The Conch Republic remains the queerest island in America. [2] Provincetown, Mass. With its scrumptious menu of gay B&Bs, strings of beaches, and quaint New England vibe,...
Transformations
We two have come together to create change from very different backgrounds. Many people became aware of Calpernia's story when her boyfriend, Barry Winchell, was murdered by fellow soldiers in Kentucky in 1999, following months of harassment about...

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