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. 978, January 16

2006 Year in Review: It Was a Roller-Coaster Year in Gay News. Battles Were Won and Lost While Celebrities and Politicians Tumbled out of the Closet. Alonso Duralde Looks Back at This Most Memorable Time
JANUARY At the beginning of 2006, Brokeback Mountain (seems like years ago already, right?) was dominating the news when movie critic Gene Shalit--the supportive father of a gay son--trashed the film on the Today show, calling Jake Gyllenhaal's...
A 2006 Outspoken
Going into 2006, I had a dark cloud over my head--a lingering effect of the last presidential election. When George W. Bush was reelected, it was as if the nation said to me, "There's no place for you here." Since then I've repeated the mantra, Hang...
Bill Maher Doesn't Care If You're Gay and That's Why We Love Him: Our 2006 Advocate Person of the Year Is a Regular Guy Who Speaks His Mind, Makes TV That Matters, and Proves to America That Real Men Don't Sweat the Gay Stuff
He's about as fearless a voice as we have in America right now. If you tell him that, as I did, over drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel--just down the street from where he lives he'll scoff and remind you that bravery involves dismantling bombs. But...
Cheer Up, Reverend Led
Dear Reverend Ted Haggard, I think I speak for a lot of folks when I say, wow--this just wasn't your year. It's one thing to be outed as gay, but to be outed as an adulterous, evangelical, rent boy--soliciting meth head? That's gotta smart. You've...
Coming out of the Virtual Closet: TV Stars and Preachers Aren't the Only Ones Who Caused a Sensation by Coming out in 2006. Enter the Increasingly Gay World of Video Games
It's late on a school night at Bullworth Academy, a boarding school in New England. Young students Jimmy and Trent meet in a dark parking lot. "I've been waiting for this for a long time," Jimmy says, looking into Trent's eyes before telling him he's...
Eric Mabius
With his lanky, buffed-out bod, he wowed Heather Matarazzo in Welcome to the Dollhouse; then we found him in the bedroom doing the dirty with Josh Jackson in Cruel Intentions. Now, after having his looks fail him with the women of The L Word, Eric...
Gay and Green: Meet a Diverse Group of Eco-Queers Who Honor the Same Guiding Truth: Environmental Rights Are Gay Rights. We Share One Atmosphere with the World
The year 2006 may well go down on record as the year of the environment. But before Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth and the mass reawakening of the American consciousness for green living, thousands of gays and lesbians were already pouring their...
Goodbye to the Closet: Back When Mike Signorile First Shocked Society by Outing Gay Celebs, He Insisted He Just Wanted to Normalize the Discussion of Homosexuality. and, like It or Not, He Turned out to Be Right
In 2006 the world became very unsafe for closeted gay public figures. Sure, they could still try to suppress rumors--and there were plenty of denials, cover-ups, and couch-jumping displays of heterosexuality to go around--but 2006 was the year closet-case...
Happy New Year, Science: The Time Has Come for Bush's Willful Rejection of Scientific Research to End
During the 2004 presidential campaign, more than 6,000 scientists, including nearly two dozen Nobel Prize winners, signed a report criticizing the Bush administration's suppression of science. The White House's own scientists were being muffled when...
More Than a White Male Disease: In 2006 When the World Marked the 25th Anniversary of AIDS, It Also Saw the Rise of a New Generation of AIDS Heroes Who Are Taking the Fight to Their Communities
Yesid Barreto might not seem like a typical AIDS activist. "I don't have anybody close to me who is positive, and I'm not," the out New Yorker says. "I don't have a family member who died from it either. But I've found a passion in educating other...
People of the Year: They Range in Age from 24 to 70. Some Were Arrested While Fighting for Equality. Others Broke the Rules by Speaking out When No One Else Would. and a Few Brought Change through Simple Acts of Kindness. They All Deserve to Be Honored
The whistleblowers Lane Hudson Lane Hudson only wanted to protect young people when he decided to post a series of suggestive online exchanges between Florida congressman Mark Foley and a male former congressional page in the fall of 2006. He...
Tending Grey Gardens: In Broadway's Performance of the Year, Tony Winner Christine Ebersole Resurrects "Little" Edie Beale
In the back of New York's Walter Kerr Theatre, above the wine bar and candy kiosk, T-shirts for sale hang high proclaiming, "LITTLE" EDIE BEALE LIVES! That's no overstatement. Christine Ebersole's nuanced performance in the Broadway musical Grey Gardens...
The Best of Everything: The Advocate Editors Choose Their Top 10s in 2006 Entertainment
FILM Hands down the most enjoyable movie of the year. Mary us, Meryl! 1 The Devil Wears Prada 2 Little Miss Sunshine 3 Quinceanera 4 Shortbus 5 The Queen 6 Dreamgirls 7 Volver 8 An Inconvenient Truth 9 Borat 10 Another...
The Cyber Mafia: Gay Bloggers Have Emerged as the Most Influential Voice in a New Wave of Journalists Who Are Redefining the Way the Information Game Is Played
Former White House correspondent Jeff Gannon gets exposed as a phony journalist and a male escort to boot. Mark Foley's aggressive pursuit of young male congressional pages leads to his resignation and a crisis in the Republican Party. Lance Armstrong...
The Evil Lesbian: Judi Dench Breathes New Life into a Stereotype We Used to Hate
Christmas present or lump of coal? That's the question many gay filmgoers may be asking themselves after watching Fox Searchlight's Notes on a Scandal. On one hand, we have a big Oscar hopeful from a big studio with a big star (Judi Dench) playing...
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