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 August 30

Best of Gay New York: 58 Sensational Secrets, from Insider Manhattan Hot Spots to Awesome Outer Borough Outings. Start Spreading the News!
(LODGING) Broadway! Times Square! Christopher Street! The East Village! Stonewall! Is New York the gayest city that ever lived? Like a bright diamond magnet, this ever-evolving megametropolis has always drawn gay and lesbian travelers to its...
Brainwashed No More: The Firestorm over Zach, an out Teen Trapped in an "Ex-Gay" Program in Tennessee, Has Uncovered the Far Right's Aggressive Efforts to Force Gay Youths to Act Straight. Some Have Escaped and Share Their Harrowing Tales
The low point for Katie Frick was when a traveling evangelist had her stand up at the front of a church and had the faithful lay their hands on her, praying for the change. Jesus could do it, they assured her, if only she followed closely enough. ...
Canary Islands: Move over Ibiza! Gran Canaria Is Europe's Hottest Queer Sun and Fun Destination-Even If the Subtropical Isle Is over 700 Miles South of Spain off the Coast of North Africa
The Greek writer Homer called the islands Elysium--where the good and great spent an idyllic afterlife. Hercules visited the daughters of Atlas here, in their paradisiacal island home. The Romans bestowed the enviable name "Fortunate Islands" on them....
Chad's on the Case: Chad Allen Talks about His Debut as Happily Partnered P.I. Donald Strachey in Here TV's Third Man out and Rethinking How Hollywood Makes Gay Movies with His Own Production Company
On a sunny July afternoon in Los Angeles, Chad Allen hovers over his laptop, typing out some last-minute e-mails as its speakers bathe him in a continuous stream of techno-trance and Rufus Wainwright. We're in the offices of Mythgarden, the production...
Charted Territory: Global Spirits: The out Traveler Embarks on a Far-Reaching Booze Cruise to Bring You the World's Most Intoxicating Indigenous Drinks
South Africa Spirit: Amarula Cream Liqueur is made from fruit of the untamed marula tree, which grows in subequatorial Africa Down the hatch: On the rocks or in dark coffee Imbibe with the queer tribe: Bronx Action Bar in Cape Town's Green...
Condition: Critical: Frank Talk on AIDS and Apathy from Ana Oliveira, the First Latina and Lesbian to Serve as Executive Director of Gay Men's Health Crisis
How do groups balance providing client services with education efforts? Educating a client is something that cannot be accomplished effectively before his or her basic needs are met. Once we are able to help clients with their daily sustenance issues,...
Destination Station
CRUISES/RESOURCES/ VACATION PACKAGES 1 Allura Tours When you're gay but prefer something different than all-gay, all-party, all-attitude, then Allura is for you[ Incredibly chic and exciting tours and cruises for those who enjoy diversity and...
Different Tokes: Saved! Director Brian Dannelly Goes from Jesus to Joints with Weeds, Showtime's Hilarious New Series about a Dope-Dealing Suburban Mom
A note to aspiring filmmakers: If you are going to make a rollicking comedy about faith and tolerance that's set in a fundamentalist Christian high school--as out director Brian Dannelly wrote with 2004's Saved!--don't be surprised if you end up on...
Dishing on the Go with Liz Smith: The Legendary Columnist Spills the Beans on Her Fave Eats and Eateries
Atkins, shmatkins. Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith grew up on grits and gravy and chicken-fried steak, and fortunately for us, she's not about to switch sides now. Smith's new book, Dishing, is stuffed with high-carb recipes plus delicious tales...
Doctor of Homophobia: Some States May Allow Health Care Providers to Refuse Treatment to Anyone, on Moral Grounds. Gays Are a Prime Target
Imagine going to see a doctor to treat a sexually transmitted disease such as herpes and having the doctor refuse to treat you because you caught the virus through gay sex, arguing that he or she has a "religious objection" to gay sexual relations....
Enslaved to Painkillers: Addiction to Prescription Drugs Such as OxyContin and Percocet Is a Growing Crisis Nationwide, Including among Lesbians and Gay Men
It is a typical morning in the kitchen of Ramona's railroad flat in suburban Atlanta: a pot of decaf coffee, oat bran muffins, and Percocet. Ramona (not her real name) washes down three of the oval, chalky, off-white pain pills with coffee and closes...
Family Boosters: The Nation's Leading Group of Straight Allies, PFLAG Chapters Can Claim Considerable Grassroots Success. but Some Members Want More Support from the Struggling National Office
During the past few seasons of cable television, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays--the national organization better known as PFLAG--couldn't have asked for better publicity than it received from Showtime's Queer as Folk. Sharon Gless...
Gay and Greek at ASU
They may hang out with popular sororities and host drunken theme parties, but unlike other fraternities on Arizona State University's Tempe campus, the men of Sigma Phi Beta also hold drag-show fund-raisers, and the clothes they recently donated to...
Hanging Together
I've done my share of dissing gay conservatives, or homocons, as I call them. When the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Bush in 2000, I accused them of looking for love in all the wrong places. When they predicted that nothing in our lives would change...
Holy Hush-Up
Great news! I have identified my next career. I had always planned to become a librarian after I retired from being a comedian. After years of trying to make people laugh loudly, I thought it would be fun to go around, index finger to pursed lips,...
In Praise of the Senior Traveler: Hanns Ebensten, the 82-Year-Old Founder of the First Gay Tour Company, Tells Why He Prefers the Salt-and-Pepper Set
"Thank heaven for little girls," sang Maurice Chevalier in the movie Gigi. I thank heaven for old men, who make my travels meaningful and inspire me by their example. I do not go to the extreme of Mr. Bucktrout in the lesbian writer Vita Sackville-West's...
Laguna Beach: The Artsy Californian Town Has Been a Queer Magnet for over a Century
Provincetown, Mass., has the charm and Miami has the scene, but if you're talking beauty, those homo East Coast enclaves are distant runners-up to Laguna Beach, Calif. Artists, gays, and anyone with their bohemian credentials in order have flocked...
Malcolm Himschoot
A soft-spoken 28-year-old from Denver, Malcolm Himschoot might seem an unlikely candidate for the national spotlight. But the ordained minister in the United Church of Christ--one of a handful of openly transgender clergy in the United States--decided...
Married in Canada
My partner, Brian, and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year. We married in the Metropolitan Community Church in 1985 with a "Holy Union." We were married legally two years ago, when same-sex marriage became legal in several Canadian...
Mexico's Queerest Corner: The Author of Sliced Iguana: Travels in Mexico Finds a Rare Point on the Globe Where Queer Life Is Not Only Respected but Revered
In the hazy glow of a Pacific afternoon two teams of transvestites are engaged in their weekly basketball match. They're wearing microskirts and crop tops and shrieking like schoolgirls. They run as badly as I do, kicking up their heels and flapping...
Outspoken: Jack Harrison
I was the first out queer student in the 100-year history of McCallie School, a private all-boys religious high school in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the likes of Pat Robertson have attended. Well, there was one other in the ]990s, but word got back...
Preserving History on Vacation: Our Series on Volunteer Vacations Continues with a Focus on Preserving the World's Great Historical Buildings and Sites
Lesbians and gay men are famous for their zeal in preserving architectural heritage. From Miami Beach to Paris's Marais district, examples abound of neighborhoods and buildings saved by pink perseverance. But did you know that it's possible to carry...
Pretty Persuasive: Fresh from Edgy Roles in Once and Again and Thirteen, Evan Rachel Wood Tackles Her Darkest Character Yet-Not to Mention Jane Krakowski-In Pretty Persuasion
Even for a young actress as well-versed in hard-edged, hot button-pushing cinema as Evan Rachel Wood--her fearless performances as an innocent girl gone terribly to seed in 2003's Thirteen horrified parents everywhere--her work in Pretty Persuasion...
Save Your Seat
Q I'm tiding a bike through New Zealand this winter and was wondering if you had any suggestions for preventing (or at least coping with) the inevitable pains that are sure to afflict my, um, rear end? SHAUNA LIVINGSTON, Toronto A The most important...
Smokin' Hot Lava: When out Choreographer Sarah East Johnson and Her All-Woman Troupe Perform Acrobatics to Illustrate the World of Geology, They'll Rock Your World
A lesbian acrobat demonstrating the principles of geological evolution while pressing her female partner overhead? Sounds puzzling, no? But when choreographer Sarah East Johnson uses virtuosic movement as an analogy for the earth's seismic shifts,...
Spielberg's Star Pupil: After Soaking Up the Art of Film at Steven Spielberg's Side for 14 Years, out Producer Bonnie Curtis Flies Solo with a New Indie Film, the Chumscrubber
Bonnie Curtis learned about filmmaking from one of the industry's most successful directors, Steven Spielberg. After six years as his assistant, followed by eight yearsasa producer on Spielberg's Amistad, Saving Private Ryan. AI: Artificial Intelligence,...
The Actor and the Judge
Chad Allen has amazing energy. In both senses: He's got the stamina and enthusiasm to multitask as an actor, producer, and activist, and he carries with him an intoxicatingly positive aura. If you happen to run into him at a fund-raiser for some worthy...
The Mark of Fairness: With ENDA Stalled in Congress, a Straight Couple Has Stepped Up to Help Stop Antigay Discrimination in the Workplace
In 1979, when Yale economist and author Ian Ayres was an undergrad, he went home for a visit with his girlfriend. As expected, he was told she would sleep in the guest room. Then, Ayres says, "my dad said, 'Your sister is coming to visit next month--with...
The Mumps
How I Saved the World * Sympathy for the Record Industry Why weren't the Mumps huge stars? Lance Loud, the out gay front man (and future Advocate columnist) of the New York 70s punk quintet was already a household name due to his pivotal role in...
The River, Wild! What Happens When a Lesbian Couple Takes Young Kids Rafting Down a River? They Become Cooler Than Cool
I have a rule that every vacation must contain a "big wow." But the principle behind the big wow is that it's always worth it. Leah and I decided to take our 11-year-old niece, Ariana, and her 7-year-old fraternal twin brothers, Aidan and Jeremy,...
Three Dancing Slaves
Three Dancing Slaves * Directed by Gael Morel * TLA Releasing When he made his acting debut in Wild Reeds, Andre Techine's classic coming-of-age drama, Gael Morel's deeply touching portrayal of a young gay man in unrequited love marked him as the...
Traveling with Eyes Wide Open
Once I boarded a Ghana Airways flight from West Africa to the United States--or, at first, I tried to board. I waited an hour in a line that didn't move in the creaky airport in Accra. Mothers held softly weeping children and elderly men stood patiently...
Travelscopes
LIBRA September 23-October 22 Sure, go overboard with finances (and feelings) around Labor Day: Cash flow should flood come fall. So schuss at Libra-ruled Gay Ski Week in New Zealand in early September, happening in appropriately named Queenstown....
Treatment: Hopeful: Newer Drugs and Fewer Pills Are Helping People with AIDS Maintain Their Health. but HIV "Is No Picnic," a Leading AIDS Physician Emphasizes
Kenneth Mayer, MD, has been treating gay men with AIDS since the early 1980s. Today, he's research medical director at Fenway Community Health in Boston and director of the Brown University AIDS Program in Providence, R.I. In the days before the International...
Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood welcomes her GLBT fans to Jasper County, her new CO due out September 13. But right now we're talking snakes. "I have a copperhead problem," laments the country-superstar singer of "The Song Remembers When" and "How Do I Live," calling...
True Tales of a Gay Travel Agent
Confessor: Jonathan Klein, founder and president of Now, Voyager Travel Favorite travel film: Now, Voyager, of course! Pet peeve: "Can Dubya be considered a pet peeve!" Home base: San Francisco How long have you been in the travel field?...
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