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 January 17

Annie Lennox
Since bursting onto the charts with 1983's number 1 synth-pop smash "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics have been confounding showbiz conventions, whether via Annie's gender-bending look or the band's ever-evolving...
Beirut Unexpected: Once Known as the Paris of the Middle East, This Seaside City Fell into Chaos during Lebanon's Prolonged Civil War. Years Later the Arab World's Most Gay-Friendly Metropolis Glitters Anew
Stand in the middle of downtown Beirut, under the big clock at Place de l'Etoile, and look around. There's a pack of Saudi teenagers, some in the traditional white robes and headdresses, others wearing baseball caps and sneakers, and one combining...
Berendt Does Venice: In His Second Unsinkable Best Seller. out Author John Berendt Mines the Depths of a Famously Sinking City
John Berendt turned the world on to Savannah when he published Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilin 1994. The book, which reveled in the mysterious and scandalous details of two gay lovers' murderous quarrel, broke the New York Times record for...
Cocktail All in One: Ten Years after the Introduction of the AIDS Cocktail, Many Lives Have Been Saved, but Some Problems Still Persist. Will a New One-a-Day AIDS Pill Help?
When Nelson Vergel was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, he had few treatment options and faced almost certain death. AZT, the very first drug used to treat HIV infection, hadn't yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. And when it was in 1987,...
Crucial Lessons from Maine: Gay and Lesbian Activists in Maine Waged a Successful Battle in 2005 to Stop Discrimination. Their Win Was a Combination of Good Planning and Changing Times
The television commercial was quintessential Maine. A middle-aged man dressed in a gray button-down shirt sat in a cozy den with a photo over his shoulder of his son at age 2 standing on the beach. Other family photos appeared in close-up as he spoke...
Everygay People
This may have been the year that Mike Nichols was talking about when he said, "Homosexuality used to be the love that dare not speak its name; now it's the love that won't shut up." Although it sounds like a put-down, this remark sticking in my memory...
Father, Forgive Him
For most of the past 30 years, as the gay rights movement has progressed and as Catholicism has undergone profound shifts, a gay Catholic has found herself with a growing conflict but not entirely a contradiction. The church never taught that gay people...
Fighting for Fairness
After she was outed by several peers at Holmdel High School in Holmdel, N.J., as a freshman in 2001, Nancy Wadington says she was taunted and harassed by other students. In one incident she was pushed down a staircase. In another, several students...
Ford Pulls a Fast One: Under Threat of a Boycott, the Car Company Says It Will No Longer Advertise Some Brands in the Gay Media
The antigay American Family Association, claiming a cultural victory in early December, called off its threatened boycott of Ford Motor Co. The next day--as this issue went to press--Ford spokesman Mike Moran confirmed to The Advocate that the company...
Friend or Foe? New Year's Edition
FOE ALAN KEYES, conservative moral watchdog and former presidential candidate, for effectively disowning and refusing to pay college tuition for his daughter Maya when she came out. Keyes is reportedly inspiration for a new WB sitcom, Father Knows...
Gag Reflex: Gays Have Been on Multiplex Screens Plenty Lately-But Usually Just So They Can Creep out the Straight Guys
Warning: the following essay contains plot-spoilers for some really terrible movies. Forget Brokeback Mountain's depiction of widespread 1960s gay loathing, The 40-Year-Old Virgin's gleeful, mocking "You Know How I Can Tell You're Gay" game and...
Good Neighbors: How a Young Gay Texan and His Dad Reunited Thanks to Welcome to the Neighborhood, ABCs Canceled Reality Show
One of 2005's happier TV endings came about thanks to a reality show the public never saw. ABC opted not to go forward with its hopeful-homeowners competition, Welcome to the Neighborhood, afLer groups including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against...
His Favorite Year: An Exhausting, Exciting Year for Nathan Lane Involves Sondheim, London's West End, Injuries, Terrence McNally, Broadway's Sold-Out Odd Couple, and a Little Movie Called the Producers
Like Superman, actor Nathan Lane has been coming to the rescue throughout 2005. First he rewrote the book on Stephen Sondheim's long-neglected musical The Frogs. Then he dashed off to London's West End at a moment's notice to open The Producers--to...
Hot Hot Heath: Heath Ledger's Career Has Caught Fire with Brokeback Mountain. in a Gay-Media Exclusive, He Talks about Making His Acting Debut with a Gay Role on TV and about Going the Distance with Jake Gyllenhaal
For an actor who's not the biggest fan of talking to the media, Heath Ledger's been doing plenty of it of late. It helps, of course, that his breakout performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain--a love story about ranch hands Ennis Del Mar (Ledger)...
Jimmy Carter
Now, here's a real discussion about values. In his new book, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, former president Jimmy Carter argues that those on the far right have hijacked the country: They have tried to squash privacy rights and the...
Lake Tahoe Ski Trip
Straddling California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is the perfect winter escape, a mere day trip from San Francisco. The areas abundant snowfall, rugged mountaha terrain, and endless sunshine are ideal for swishing down the...
Now Boarding
Travel inspires us. ENCOURAGES US TO EXPLORE BEYOND OUR EVERYDAY WORLD and gives us a new perspective and energy when we return to it. With the New Year upon us, we thought it a perfect time to look forward to what new inspirations might be out there...
Nuggets & Bites
"George Michael said [November 29] that he and his longtime partner [Kenny Goss] will make their relationship official [in early 2006] under new British legislation offering gays many of the legal protections available to married couples.... 'We want...
Outspoken: Gabriel Leitner
For years, I lied to those I cared for the most. I could not bring myself to tell them what I perceived to be the horrible truth. I always knew I was different. I didn't act like the boys I grew up with. My brothers were typical all-Americans. I,...
Secret Thailand
If you're looking for a club scene, you've come to the wrong place. Koh Tao, a small island off the east coast of Thailand, remained untouched by the devastating tsunami of 2004 and is a quiet, uncrowded alternative to bustling Phuket and Bangkok....
Singing Her Own Tune: Lesley Gore Is on Her Second Run of Celebrity-From the "It's My Party" Songbird of the '60S to the out Singer-Songwriter of 2005's Quietly Haunting Indie CD Ever Since
Apparently, it was worth the wait. Lesley Gore was a teen sensation, hitting number 1 with her very first single (the thunderous "It's My Party') and scoring with other hits like the protofeminist anthem "You Don't Own Me." She's also been nominated...
Ski Weekend!
1.First things first: Before you can start carving up the powder, you'll need a good set of sticks. The camouflage Teneighty Lab CR alpine ski is ideally suited for aggressive big-mountain freestyle riding, $600 from Salomon. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
The 2006 Gay Agenda: The White House Remains Closed to Gays. So Where Can We Look for Political Progress This Year?
Midterm elections are a mere 10 months away, and Republicans in Congress--as well as lawmakers in various states--are fighting to keep their seats. Their legislative decisions and the cultural battles they pick throughout 2006 will have an enormous...
The Blame Game: 9/11. the Tsunami. Katrina. All the Gays' Fault, According to Certain Far-Right Wing Nuts. Are They Crazy?
New Orleans officials, the federal government, and even residents who did not evacuate in time were blamed for the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when it pummeled the Gulf Coast in August. The Christian right, however, picked a different target....
The Chosen Rabbi: Out Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Has Led New York's Largest LGBT Synagogue through AIDS and 9/11-And Now She's Planning World Pride in Jerusalem. Her New Book Shares Her Loving Message
On a recent weekend Sharon Kleinbaum performed a dual bat mitzvah for a pair of twins born on the same day she was named the first rabbi of the New York City-based Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. The twins are part of a rare and wonderful congregation...
The Closer We Get
In this "best of the year" issue there's one story that, for me, perfectly encapsulates where we are at the start of 2006--and what's "best" about it. "Good Neighbors," on page 69, reports how Jim Stewart, a Texas man at odds with his gay son, learned...
The News of Our Lives: Just a Few of the Many Dramatic Developments That Marked 2005 as Another Year of Dramatic Change
JANUARY JAN. 10: The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an appeal by four men who challenged Florida's law that prohibits adoption by gays, leaving in place the country's only statewide law that does so. JAN. 12: Patric Henn, a man who collected $68,000...
There Won't Be Trumpets: Should We Herald Tab Hunter and Other Celebs Who Come out Late in Life? Not So Much, Argues Novelist and Journalist John Morsan Wilson. Where Have They Been All These Years?
For many years one of my closest gay friends was a Tony-winning actor who'd gained prominence on TV and in movies, appearing in lightweight comedic roles. He was also in the closet, terrified of being exposed. In the 1970s, as the gay revolution...
Top Pick
1 Come Out to Play Feb. 1-28 As if our nation's capital wasn't harboring enough drama, Washington, D.C., is enticing queer travelers to enjoy the city's inaugural theater month. Book a hotel package and get discounts to shows like The Velvet Sky by...
To the Dogs: Mushing a Husky-Powered Sled through the Frigid Arctic Has Rewards Worth Howling About
In January 2005, ignoring the tropical migratory patterns of most winter travelers, I boarded a Finnair plane ("Santa's official airline") bound for Helsinki. Final destination? The tiny town of Kittila, a winter sports wonderland in Finland's icy...
Unsinkable Key West: After Taking a Beating from Hurricane Wilma, the Island Promptly Dried Itself off and Fought Its Way Back onto Our Travel Itineraries
This steamy little island dangles like an afterthought from the tip of Florida--isolated, alluring, and fiercely independent. Whether locals like it or not, Key West will take center stage when MTV's The Real World: Key West airs in early 2006. Those...
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada: After Rolling the Dice with a Lavish Makeover, Sin City Is Making Room for the Glamour amid the Glitz. No Wonder Queer Thrill Seekers Are Showing Up in Spades!
TAKE A CHANCE You're on a roll, your heart is racing, and despite an impending Cirque du Soleil curtain call, time is the last thing on your mind. Roll 2, 3, or 12 and your friends buy you another cosmo. Roll a combined 7 or 11 and the entire entourage...

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