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 October 28

All Together in Allentown
When people think of a gay-friendly Episcopal parish, they probably imagine a large liberal church with prosperous members and a catalog of well-funded programs. That's not what we are at Grace Church in Allentown, Pa. This is not about gay guys going...
A New Road for Binational Couples: Marta Donayre Joined a Band of Immigrants on a Cross-Country Bus Tour and Discovered a Community with a Broad Vision of Justice
When Marta Donayre first heard about the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, she saw a golden opportunity to educate people about the plight of binational same-sex couples. Donayre, a Brazilian native, and her U.S.-born partner, Leslie Bulbuk, are one...
A Peerless Performer: Streisand Is in Top Form with a Collection That Reminds Us Why We Loved Her in the First Place
The Movie Album * Barbra Streisand * Columbia As Streisand gently glides through the initial lyric of Charlie Chaplin's oft-covered "Smile," an inner war will ensue--even within the diva's most die-hard disciple. At first, the idea of Streisand...
Comfort and Joy: Meshell Ndegeocello Sings of Pleasures Sacred and Profane on Her Sizzling New CD
Comfort Woman * Meshell Ndegeocello * Maverick/Warner Bros. Meshell Ndegeocello takes an unrepentant look at love and sexuality on her newest release, Comfort Woman. The album is a thematic exploration of the sweet and the image of the body as...
Confronting Canada: Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in Canada Are Forcing U.S. Government Officials and Private Businesses to Grapple with the Reality of Same-Sex Marriage
Canadian gay couple Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell were on their way to a civil rights conference in Georgia when the newlyweds were confronted by U.S. opposition to their legal relationship. Having successfully sued the Canadian government for the...
Governing 101: Gay Politicians Are Going Back to School to Learn How to Be More Effective Public Officials
Robert Fyrst represents the bright future of gay polities. In 1999 he became the first openly gay and only African-American member of the 37-member Dane County, Wis., board of supervisor. This year the single father testified before the state legislature...
In Praise of Naked Men: Sculptor Philip Hitchcock Drags the Male Nude out of the Closet and Forges a Red-Hot Career in the Process
Philip Hitchcock would never ask a model to strike a pose he wouldn't strike himself. Proof? The handsome 40 something sculptor--best known for capturing the human figure via erotically explicit gypsum castings--recently bared all for a gay men's magazine....
Is Your Car Dealer Gay-Friendly? Automakers' Efforts to Target Gay Consumers Are Realized When They Enlist the Support of Local Dealerships
On any given night on the streets of the heavily lesbian Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville, the cars are parked bumper-to-bumper. A disproportionate number are Subarus--Foresters and Outbacks tagged with rainbow decals, pink triangles, and bumper...
Leaving Las Vegas
"Vegas: What happens here, stays here," trumpets the slogan for Sin City. With promises of more adult-themed attractions than ever before, Vegas is hell-bent on ushering in a whole new era of hedonism. The invitation to misbehave is cute, but you're...
Master Class with Barbra: Fresh from Recording One of Her Best Albums Ever, Barbra Streisand Talks Candidly about Loving the Movies, Appreciating Her Gay Fans, and Most of All, Making Music
Barbra Streisand has been a legend so long that a new generation of fans has no way to connect her with the unknown young singer who first astonished audiences in 1960 at a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Bon Soir. But gays have cherished Barbra...
Mommie's Boy: Stark Sands Makes an Indelible Impression as Charles Busch's Sexy, Psychotic Gay Son in Die Mommie Die
Any drag queen worth her salt can tell you that it's all about the shoes. This was a lesson Texas born and raised actor Stark Sands learned in the nick of time--just seconds before the cameras rolled on his big drag number in Die Mommie Die, the new...
Mystery Men: Novelist Christopher Rice Interviews Fellow Writer John Morgan Wilson about His Controversial New Murder Mystery, Writing Sex Scenes, and Why Gay People Love Detectives' Quest for Justice
Christopher Rice first met John Morgan Wilson in 2001, when both men were nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for gay men's mystery writing--Rice for his first novel, A Density of Souls. "In a year's time I had appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show,...
Nun So Bold: Odalys Nanin Stars as Legendary Mexican Nun Sor Juana, Who Wooed a Countess with Poems That Still Live Today
A nun slips into her bed after observing the night sky, and underneath the sheets she begins to moan with pleasure. Her servant enters and tries to join her but is strongly rebuked. "My dear girl," the nun says tenderly, "if I ask you to leave, it...
Our Readers' Cars
We asked several readers of The Advocate what makes their choice in vehicles stand out from all the rest. Volvo My partner of almost 30 years and I just traded in a big-ass GMC Yukon XL for a sharp-looking Volvo V70 2.5T Titanium edition wagon...
Out on the Road: For Members of Lambda Car Club International, Their Cars Are Their Community
Guy Kendall-Freas dreams about cars, about owning a late 1960s-era 12-cylinder powered Jaguar E-type roadster, and about racing down the road with his partner in their 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb coupe. Doug Buhrer also dreams about cars--literally...
People like Us
After the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws, the Gallup Poll did one of its periodic surveys of public attitudes toward gays. The results were so unexpected that Gallup did the poll again, but the findings were the same. For the first time in years,...
Realty Sets in Reichen & Chip: Presented as a Married Couple on CBS's the Amazing Race, They Won the $1 Million Prize. Now Anxious to Use Their Success to Talk about Gay Marriage and Military Rights, Chip and Reichen First Have to Face Their Biggest Challenge Yet: Breaking Up
Any real fan of reality TV knows that some of the best stuff happens after the cameras are turned off, after the show has wrapped, and after rite contestants, houseguests, tribe members, and bachelors go home and go back to reality. Chip Arndt and...
Speak Softly and Kick out the Jams: Queer-Inclusive Experimental Rock Band Erase Errata Lets the Music Do the Talking
The four members of Erase Errata, based in San Francisco and Oakland, clam up when asked about their sophomore album s title, At Crystal Palace (Troubleman). "Crystal Palace is a real place, and it's also a state of mind," vocalist Jenny Hoysten says...
The Boys Are Back in Town: Taboo Writer Boy George and Euan Morton, the Actor Who Plays Him in the New-to-Broadway Show, Dish about Rosie, Romance, and the Media
Don't call it a comeback. Boy George is a world-class DJ, designs clothes and has done his own radio show and newspaper columns, all while creating one album after another, whether it's dance projects like The Twin or solo albums like 2002's overlooked...
Wanted: 2,000 Men: Noam Gonick Talks about His Outrageous Film Hey, Happy! in Which a Wild Sex Quest and a Rolling Porn Wagon Lead to Love
"One of the deleted scenes is the best barfing shot you'll ever see," filmmaker Noam Gonick says proudly. He's talking about his first feature, 2001's Hey, Happy! which is set to make its DVD debut in October on Strand Releasing Home Video. It's a...
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