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. 999, December 18

A Bigger Boat: Feminist and Lesbian, Gay and Trans: Different Eras, Same Fight for Inclusion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT WAS 1977 WHEN Bella Abzug--the redoubtable U.S. congresswoman from New York and one of the sparkling lights of the feminist movement--organized the first National Women's Conference, held in Houston. According to the conventional...
All Apologies: Tired of That Annual Lump of Coal? Two New Films Teach That It's Never Too Late to Start Making Amends
ATONEMENT DIRECTED BY Joe Wright STARRING Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, and Vanessa Redgrave FOCUS FEATURES THE KITE RUNNER DIRECTED BY Marc Forster STARRING Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi, Ahrnad Khan Mahmoodzada, and Zekiria...
Ava's Eyes: For Lesbian Photographer Ava Weinstein, Pictures Are More Than Visual. They Have to Be-She's Legally Blind
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] THE STEELY METTLE of the New York City--bred Weinstein belies her romantic portraits and tranquil nature shots. After struggling through school, Weinstein moved to Los Angeles and worked two jobs--restaurant manager and teacher...
Beautiful Books: Give Your Favorite Coffee Table What It Deserves-Arresting Photographs and Riotous Remarks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mapplethorpe: Polaroids Before Robert Mapplethorpe became famous for his explicit homoerotic photographs and celebrity portraits, he was taking countless Polaroids. This treasure trove of more than 1,500 snapshots, most of...
Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: What to Buy and What to Skip
CHRISTMAS MUSIC CALLS TO MIND that old chestnut: "Those who can't teach, teach gym." Every season, artists who already elicit ill will simply by opening their mouths-like Michael Bolton or Celine Dion--feel compelled to grace the public with a holiday...
Don't Tick off Trans: Transgressive Questions Likely to Be a Transgender Conversation-Ender
LET'S SAY YOU'RE AT WORK, a social setting, or political event, and a real live transgender person says "Hi!" You don't want to say anything wrong since you recall the tedious questions and responses you've endured about your sexuality, but you want...
Dumbledore Is Lonely
It's a crazy sign of the times when the fictional headmaster of a school of witchcraft and wizardry can come out but The Chronicle of Higher Education can identify fewer than a dozen openly gay top officers of U.S. institutions of higher learning....
Gay vs Trans in America: Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. in the Aftermath of ENDA, Can't We All Just Get along? an Advocate Round Table on the State of the Community Now
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE LGBT "COMMUNITY" has never seemed less communal than in the last few months. When Barney Frank decided in September to move forward with a federal Employment NonDiscrimination Act that covered sexual orientation and not...
I'm Voting for ... about 80% of Gays and Lesbians Cast Votes in the Last Midterm Election. So Is It Any Surprise That Presidential Candidates of Both Parties Have Courted LGBT Support along with the Usual List of Celebrities and Politicos? Here, a Look at Who's Backing Whom
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton OF NEW YORK [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * BILLIE JEAN KING, tennis legend * STEVEN SPIELBERG, director and producer * ERIC SCHMIDT, CEO of Google * GREG BERLANTI, film and TV producer...
Invisible Man: Gay Senior Robert Harkabus Hid from View When He Was Younger and Has to Fight to Be Seen Now
LGBT PEOPLE HAVE HAD A LOT of practice being invisible. For gays like me, who came of age in the 1940s and '50s, the straight world was a place where we had to stay hidden. Society was much more repressive than it is today, and either people were more...
Jamal Airs His Dirty Laundry
Maurice Jamal first blipped on the pop culture radar in 2003 as a recurring player on Chappelle's Show, the deliciously politically incorrect variety and sketch show on Comedy Central. A year later Jamal broke into film with The Ski Trip, a campy black...
Jason Bateman
Four years after his queer sitcom fizzled, Jason Bateman earned a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination for playing the quintessential straight man on Fox's Arrested Development; even so, gays are still some of his best friends. So with Mr. Magorium's...
Now, That's Smart: The New Fortwo: Think of It as the Anti-Hummer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SMART FORTWO RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) $11,590 STANDARD ENGINE 1.0L 3-CYLINDER HORSEPOWER 70 @ 5,800 RPM TORQUE (LB-FT) 68 @ 4,500 RPM FUEL ECONOMY, CITY (MPG) 34 HIGHWAY (MPG) 40 TIRED OF...
Sharper Focus: Did AOL Downsize Its Popular LGBT Site QueerSighted for Political Reasons or Simply Business Ones?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OCTOBER 22 WAS A CURIOUS DAY at QueerSighted, the LGBT Web site launched by AOL with much fanfare last February. Inaddition to the usual fun stuff regular visitors had come to expect--viral video clips, "Aberzombie" hotness,...
The Gift of Travel: News Flash: All the E-Mails and Text Messages in the World Can't Replace Quality Face Time. Why Not Road-Trip off the Retail Route This Gift-Giving Season and Deliver a Present That Promises Serious Bonding Opportunities? We're Willing to Bet That the Resulting Travel Memories Won't Ever Go out of Style
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Out in Africa Gay2Afrika, part of New York-based travel company 2Afrika, custom-designs safaris for LGBT travelers and their families, including gorilla treks in Rwanda, private game lodges within South Africa's Kruger National...
The Gigolo Grows Up: He Made De Niro a Taxi Driver, Gere an American Gigolo, and with His Latest Film, the Walker, Writer-Director Paul Schrader Refashions Woody Harrelson as a Gay D.C. Socialite
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IMAGINE a MIDDLE-AGED MAN with this unlikely resume: In his 20s he was a taxi driver; in his 30s, a highpriced male prostitute; and in his 40s, an insomniac drug dealer. As the man enters his 50s, where would an employment...
Top Gay Chef? out Kitchen Maestros Have Thrived on TV Shows like Top Chef. but in the Real-Life Restaurant World? Not So Much. Rebecca Marx Looks at Why
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I'M A BIG GAY CHEF and I'm gonna outcook your ass!" So declared Dale Levitski, the memorably driven Chicago chef with the fauxhawk on season 3 of Top Chef, the Bravo reality series that has fueled many a foodie's addiction....
Where the Boys Aren't: Finding Old-School Gay Shame Is More Difficult Than Ever. Even at Christmas
"YOU HAVE TO WORK on Christmas Eve EVE?" wailed my husband. "People not having conniptions call it December 23. But yeah, I have to work." "But that's White Christmas night!" We had planned to go see White Christmas. I know, dorky. But we...
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