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 No. 976, December 5

Across the Gay Divide
If you're a young gay man who finds your dating life in a shambles, my advice is, go out and find a gay man over 40 for whom your attraction is not primarily sexual. After you tell him your story, shut your mouth and listen to the sound of your life...
A Day without a Gay? in Wedding Wars One Gay Wedding Planner's Inspired Activism Prompts a Nationwide Walkout. but Could It Happen in Real Life? We Rang Up a Handful of High-Profile out Gay Wedding and Events Planners to Find Out
DAVID TUTERA David Tutera Inc.; Discovery Home Channel's Party Planner With David Tutera; author of The Party Planner and America Entertains: A Year of Imaginative Parties, among other titles Credits: He's the man behind Jennifer Lopez's Still...
Demanding Healthy Love: Isolated and Ashamed No More: Gays and Lesbians Abused by Their Partners Are Finally Speaking Up and Getting Help
"If you two girls don't get along, you should just stay away from each other." That's what a male judge told Emely Ortiz in 2001 when she petitioned the court for a restraining order against her ex-girlfriend. Over the course of their relationship,...
Glad My Boss Is Gay; despite Potential Complications, Young Gays Say They Are Much Happier and More Comfortable with Openly Gay Bosses
When gay man Josh Blye, now 22, got a job at ages 16 with the Gap, he found himself working for a straight man who largely ignored him. For a year and a half "we never spoke to each other," says Blye. Whether because of discomfort, latent homophobia,...
Great Escapes: Our List of Holiday Movies to See When You Absolutely Have to Get Away from Your Family
Casino Royale (MGM/Columbia, Nov. 17) Pierce Brosnan, we still love ya, but we're starry-eyed over the new Bond, Daniel Craig (it doesn't hurt that he canoodled with Truman Capote in Infamous). This franchise reboot, based on creator Ian Fleming's...
Hate Has Left the Building
In the late 1940s, Thomas A. Brady, then a vice president at the University of Missouri-Columbia, led a campaign to purge gays from campus. Today, the school keeps his legacy alive with a student commons building named in his honor. Now UM has decided...
Here's What We'll Say
History is always written by the victors, but now you can hear the other side of the story. In A Fictional History of the United States: With Huge Chunks Missing (Akashic), T Cooper and Adam Mansbach have edited a collection of groundbreaking fictional...
I Can!
How does an activist make a difference in this world a quarter century after HIV was discovered? With passion--and without apology for a thriving existence, of course. Whether they're running their own organizations, crisscrossing the nation on speaking...
It Takes an Island: Biology Teacher Michael Migliori Was Worried That the Conservative Catholics of the Tiny Micronesian Island of Rota Wouldn't Accept That He Is Gay
What was I thinking? Moving to a remote Micronesian island only months after coming out seemed like lunacy. But I needed to do it to advance my nascent career as a marine biologist and educator. Rota is a small island in the commonwealth of the...
John Stamos Pops Our Cork! John Stamos Is Having a Hell of a Second Act: The Former Sitcom Babe Has Sparkled Up His Nipples in Cabaret and Pumped Life into ER. Now, in the A&E Movie Wedding Wars, He Goes on Strike for Our Right to Marry
John Stamos and I have a mutual friend who does penis tricks. By "penis tricks," I am referring to this particular acquaintance's habit of dropping his pants at parties and forming his privates into various unexpected and admittedly impressive shapes....
Katharine Hepburn: Leading Man: How Do We Know Kate Hepburn Was One of the Greatest Actors Ever? Because Inside Her Soul, She Was a Boy Named Jimmy. Biographer Bill Mann Explains
We all know Katharine Hepburn was the woman who wore the pants. But was her iconic embodiment of the independent-spirited American woman really a carefully cultivated image that masked something else? "I would consider 'transgender' a better way...
Looking to the Sky: Saturn's New Roadster Proves That American Car Companies Can Deliver Exciting, Dynamically Designed Vehicles
Imagine closing your eyes, freeing your mind of all distraction, and breathing a steady rhythm. It's quiet around you. Then you open your eyes toward the clear blue sky. You soar. Your heart begins to pound. Adrenaline rushes as you downshift and accelerate...
Outspoken: David Idol
From September 2005 through the end of this year's primary season, I worked on Sean Patrick Maloney's unsuccessful campaign to win the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general. I started as an intern and finished as a political assistant...
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz has a brilliant boyfriend, a brand-new baby, and an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener. We should hate her, right? But we can't. She's too delightful. She tells The Advocate her dyke dreams and how she met her b.f., Darren Aronofsky,...
Red Scare: Years after His Arrest for Spreading "Propaganda of Sexual Perversions," out Photographer Slava Mogutin Returns to His Native Russia to Shoot Lost Boys, a Voyeuristic Tour of Young Men on the Margins of Russian Society
Slava Mogutin is surrounded by contradictions. Known mainly as a writer in his native Russia--as a pop culture journalist, poet, and respected translator of Baldwin and Burroughs--he has gained acclaim in the United States as a photographer whose work...
Short Answers: Rick Casey
When Houston landscapers Sabrina and Todd Farber, owners of Garden Guy Inc., recently refused to work with a gay couple because they "choose not to work for homosexuals," Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey called them out in decidedly sarcastic...
Snap Judgment: Gay-Porn King Nicholas T. Boyias Is No Friend to the Democrats-But That Doesn't Mean He's an Enemy of the Gays
We don't often find ourselves in alignment with fervent Republicans, and we're surprised that a gay-porn distributor would, politically speaking, climb into bed with them. But we feel compelled to defend the rights of Nicholas T. Boyias. During the...
Special Jersey Edition: We Asked a Sampling of LGBT and Straight People in the Garden State What They Thought about October's Court Ruling in Favor of Marriage Rights but Not Marriage Itself
MICHAEL REYNA, 24 STUDENT "I don't think I'll be satisfied until gay marriage is reached. I think we deserve equality." MELANIE RICCARDI, 25 STUDENT (STRAIGHT) "I figured New York would have done it first because there's more people in New...
Staying Alive 101: The Latest Book by Transsexual Writer Kate Bornstein Offers Youths Creative Alternatives to Suicide, Including Sex and Drugs
Get laid, please. Bake a cake. Come out, come out, wherever you are. Be your own hero/ine. Transsexual author Kate Bornstein wants you to do all of these things, or none of them--whatever you need to do to stay alive. These ideas are included in her...
Still Kicking in New York: On World AIDS Day, December 1, the Executive Director of New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center Celebrates 20 Years at the Helm, from the Devastating Early Years of the Epidemic to the Vibrant Tableau of Gay Life Today
How would you describe the center's mission? The center, first and foremost, is an engine of queer liberation. It is also a place to celebrate queer culture, a place to have wedding receptions and art openings, a place to connect and find a community....
The Bitch Is Back
From the moment Joan Collins walked into a courtroom in the opening moments of Dynasty's second season, she sent gay hearts fluttering with her over-the-top portrayal of Alexis Carrington, a 40-something bitch on wheels. Now Collins is touring the...
Wanting Answers
In the well-observed new film Come Early Morning, Ashley Judd plays an Arkansas woman who confronts her family baggage the only way she knows how: by getting drunk and giving in to it. So sure is she that she could never have a happy relationship that...
Will New Jersey Stop at Civil Unions? the State Supreme Court Says Gay Couples Deserve Equality in Marriage, but It Gave the Legislature 180 Days to Define What That Means. If Lawmakers Offer Civil Unions, Don't Expect Much of a Celebration
If the 1999 court ruling that led to civil unions for gays in Vermont was an occasion for champagne, New Jersey's late-October decision granting same-sex couples rights equal to marriage--but not the name marriage--called for a bottle of beer. Seven...
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