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 May 11

A Majority Leader Comes Out: Rhode Island Legislator Gordon Fox Decided to Tell Everyone Why the Battle for Marriage Equality in the Ocean State Is Personal
Gordon Fox wasn't planning on speaking at a March 31 rally for same-sex marriage at Rhode Island's capitol building, but as a cosponsor of the state's pending marriage-equality bill, the 42-year-old Democrat and house majority leader was asked to address...
A Road Less Ordinary: A New Anthology of Travel Writing Goes off the Beaten Path-And Raises Money for an Even Bigger Literary Endeavor
"Most of the gay travel anthologies I'd seen were just erotic--about going to the Caribbean and sleeping with the pool boy," says Raphael Kadushin. He wanted to dig deeper with Wonderlands, a new anthology of gay travel writing he edited for the University...
A Way with Words: Patty Griffin's Powerful New CD Reveals a Singer-Songwriter at the Height of Her Craft
An honorary lesbian who ranks among straight-but-friendly Lilith Fair and Songwriter Tour alums Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Dar Williams, Patty Griffin is finally approaching a level of mainstream success that once seemed impossibly remote....
Bet on Black: How Hollywood's Off-Center Icon Karen Black Wound Up Singing on the Set of the New Gay Independent Film Gypsy 83
At first Karen Black had no intention of playing Gypsy 83's Bambi LeBleau, a small-town highway-lounge singer who threw in the towel after a successful New York career. "I thought it was an ironic parody of me," says Black, veteran of more than 100...
Closeted in the Capital: They're Powerful, Republican, and Gay. Will the Marriage Battle Finally Get Them to Come out to Their Bosses?
David Catania, the first openly gay man to serve on the Washington, D.C., city council, remembers one of his first jobs in town about 16 years ago. He was staffer for a conservative Republican senator, who has since retired. His boyfriend worked for...
Coming out in the Colonies: How Would Being Gay Play in the 17th-Century Village Re-Created for PBS's Colonial House? Two Men Found out. an Advocate Exclusive
After overcoming testicular cancer in 2000--his senior year of college--Jonathon Allen was thrilled to take on a challenge of his own choice. The South Carolinian signed on for Colonial House, set to air May 17, 18, 24, and 25 from 8 to 10 P.M. on...
Dodging the Altar: Gay Men and Lesbians Aren't Exactly Rushing to Marry in Canada. Why Marriage Equality Isn't Such a Big Deal Up North
In June 2003 same-sex marriages were legalized in the Canadian province of Ontario. Other provinces quickly followed suit: British Columbia in August and Quebec in March. Yet for all the fuss that's been made over Canada's pioneering foray into gay...
For Better, for Worse, for Us
Suddenly it was decided: My eight closest friends in the universe--four lesbian couples with whom I've spent birthdays, baby namings, holidays, and, in the case of Torie Osborn, eight happy years a decade or so ago--were going to San Francisco to get...
From Gollum to Gotham: Actor Andy Serkis Trades Middle-Earth for Midtown as Jennifer Garner's Gay Boss in the Comedy 13 Going on 30
"I could have been a lot more flamboyant," says actor Andy Serkis. "it could have gone sky-high." Serkis could well be referring to the role that's made him world-famous: Gollum, the slippery, computer-generated villain in Peter Jackson's Lord of the...
His Own Pulitzer: Out Playwright Doug Wright Reflects on Winning the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for His Broadway Hit I Am My Own Wife
The day after he won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Doug Wright was still feeling a bit giddy: "I keep calling my boyfriend every two hours and saying, 'I still have my Pulitzer!' I keep waiting to wake up from a dream. It's especially gratifying...
"I Love My Job": The Opportunity to Succeed as Openly Gay and Lesbian Professionals Gives These Men and Women High Regard for Their Employers
Rick Cirillo, 56 Manager of military and government sales American Airlines Dallas Rick Cirillo hadn't really considered his role in the rise of mainstream gay and lesbian marketing until a recent conversation with some friends at a prominent...
Love's a Bitch: Mexican Import A Thousand Clouds of Peace Is an Intoxicating Look at Lost Love
A Thousand Clouds of Peace Written and directed by Julian Hernandez * Starring Juan Carlos Ortuno, Juan Carlos Torres * Strand Releasing Even considering the recent spate of Mexican features that have found fame in the United States, the emergence...
Marriage's Grass Roots: The Activist Who Led the Equal Marriage Movement in Hawaii Recalls the Long Road to Massachusetts
Getting married. I hope there is a very long pause as you read those words. As I write them I am flooded with the overwhelming desire to scream and grab that husband of mine, Lance--at least in Canada he's my husband. May 17, 2004, is expected...
Measure of a Man: The Opposite Sex, a Two-Part Showtime Documentary, Begins with the Gripping Journey of Trans Man Rene Pena, a God-Fearing, Married Truck Driver
The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story opens with documentary subject Rene Pena jogging through the countryside. Handsome, muscled, and driven, he's a prime example of masculinity. That only grows more obvious when the traditional, God-fearing Pena, a truck...
Merritt's Multiple Tracks: A New Magnetic Fields Album and an Opera Are Just a Few of the New Projects for Composer Stephin Merritt
Most stars have obstructionist managers and other hangers-on to protect them from the world. Stephin Merritt has Irving Berlin. To get to Merritt, the out, 30-something cult songwriter whose 1999 CD 69 Love Songs brought him instant acclaim in both...
Never a Bride?
Five years ago my lesbian sister, Monica, met Marie androgynously handsome woman with blond spiky hair and the patience of a saint. On the morning after their second date they found themselves on opposite ends of Monica's living-room couch My sister...
Prodding the Fortune 500: One Gay Rights Leader Learned That Equality in the Workplace May Come by Simply Asking for It
Concerned that 176 of the nation's Fortune 500 companies didn't include sexual orientation language in their nondiscrimination policies, Malcom Lazin decided to take matters into his own hands. As head of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, an international...
Queer, Talented, and on Their Own: A Handful of Unsigned out Artists Whose CDs Are Making Waves with Adventurous Audiences
Michelle Shocked predicted the future 13 years ago when she sang "If you want the best jam / You gotta make your own" before dumping her record label. Even as major labels have merged and cannibalized their competition, savvy music fans have noticed...
Still Breaking Silence: Checking in with Janis Ian on Music, Politics, Recording with Dolly Parton, and the Joys of Married Life
Many musicians are gifted; Janis Ian is brilliant. Her resume is nearly as long as her life. In 1967, when she had her first hit, "Society's Child," America was almost as shocked by the youth of the teen singer-songwriter as by the audacity of her...
The Big Chill Censorship: Paul Reubens: Arrested for Collecting Vintage Nude Photos. Howard Stern: Silenced for On-Air Speech. How a Nationwide Crackdown on "Obscenity" Could Freeze out Gay and Lesbian Expression for Years to Come
In November 2001, Los Angeles police officers raided actor Paul Reubens's Hollywood hills home, seizing what they alleged to be stacks and stacks of obscene material and what Reubens called his "vintage art collection." They confiscated his computers,...
The Deal-Breaker
We all have some idea of what a deal-breaker in a relationship is. It differs with each of us. I don't think I could ever date someone who doesn't find Monty Python funny, who shaves or trims his body hair in any way, or who takes Michael Moore seriously....
The Tipping Point: Beginning May 17 in Massachusetts, Gay and Lesbian Couples Will Be Able to Obtain Fully Legal Marriage Licenses for the First Time in U.S. History. What Does This Mean for Gay Equality? (Marriage)
In just a few months Wilfred Labiosa 32, and John Barter, 36, have settled in among their straight neighbors in the Boston area. Like many committed gay couples in Massachusetts they've become unwitting local ambassadors for same-sex marriage rights,...
The Two Faces of George: Despite Statements to the Contrary, Bush's "Compassionate Conservatism" May Stop Short of Protecting Gay Men and Lesbians
Is the Bush administration publicly supporting existing rights and protections for gays and lesbians while secretly working to eliminate them? Scott Bloch, a Bush appointee to the head of the Office of Special Counsel, in early February removed...
Tonya Meets Tony: With Fiery Tonya Pinkins in the Lead, Tony Kushner's Tough Musical Caroline, or Change Takes Aim at Broadway
Fierce. That's how people describe Tonya Pinkins in Tony Kashner and Jeanine Tesori's bold musical Caroline, Or Change. Drawing on Kushner's childhood memories of Louisiana, the show tells the simple story of the emotionally needy son of a white Jewish...
Why Can't the Idol Be Gay? America's Favorite Reality TV Contest May Be Cutting Contestants Who Appear "Too Gay"
It was the Wild Card night of performances on Fox TV's American Idol, told 23-year-old Marque Lynche was standing in front of the judges. In a new twist, a dozen handpicked semifinalists who hadn't yet made it to the final 12 were told to practice...