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. 966, July 4

A Club for All Poles
I'm a 27-year-old Polish black man. This is an explosive combination in itself--Poland has a very small black population, so I stand out. Of course, being gay in a Catholic country isn't a bed of roses either. Many straight people in Warsaw have...
A Love of Camp: Think Gay Camp Is All about Roasting Marshmallows and Telling Campfire Stories? Think Again
As a child in Queens, N.Y., Star Robinson was shy, quiet, and withdrawn. "In group discussions I wouldn't ever say anything. I'd simply be off on the side observing." All that changed after Robinson attended Youth Enrichment Services' summer camp...
A Man Who Mattered
Jeff Katzoff had been my close friend for over 30 years when he vanished from my life May 19. Jeff suffered a linear separation in his aorta, a condition revealed by CAT scans at a Long Beach, Calif., hospital just hours before he died. Several of...
Caps, Gowns, and Rainbows
Cap, gown, and ... gay pride? That's the checklist for many LGBT students attending lavender graduation ceremonies at an estimated 50 universities nationwide this year. Some even provide rainbow tassels. "[At graduation] LGBT students are often...
Kelis
Your late father was a minister. How would he have felt about your sex symbol status? My father was very supportive of me as a musician, but any daddy is going to be a bit uptight with his little girl. I'd like to think he'd see that I'm a lady...
Leaving the Log Cabin Fight: After Four Years, Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Guerriero Is Stepping Down to Run the Newly Formed Gill Action Fund. So Was He Able to Make a Difference in a Time When the Far Right Seemed to Be Taking over the GOP? and Shouldn't He Be Staying on during an Election Year?
You're leaving Log Cabin when the GOP needs all the help it can get in the run-up to the midterm elections, Are you still a Republican, or have you given up the fight? I am still a Republican and do believe that there will be a resurgence of the...
Logo Turns I: MTV's Gay Network Gets Set to Blow out Its First Candle. Has the Channel Changed the Game for Queer Visibility on TV? and Can It Stay Afloat in a Cutthroat Cable Universe?
As Logo approaches its one-year anniversary on June 30, it looks like MTV's gay and lesbian cable channel is getting some respect: At this year's presentation of new programming to advertisers in May in New York City, MTV parent company Viacom featured...
Man with Insight: Meet Michael Connor, the Editor Who Chooses the Titles for Queer Book Club InsightOut Books
While Amazon has made finding and purchasing LGBT-interest books easier for nonurban residents in recent years, InsightOut Book Club has made it a specialty. Founded in 2000, InsightOut stocks 300 to 400 titles at a time, highlights new works monthly,...
Outspoken
Life should have been perfect for me. Life was supposed to leave all the doors open to me. Why were they closed? When I was younger I knew I was different, yet I also knew inside I had the potential to conquer the world. I was praised for being a great...
Project Lesbian: Ever Wonder What Gets Edited out of Reality Shows? in the Case of Project Runways Second Season-Now on DVD-It Was the Fact That Designer Zulema Griffin Has a Longtime Female Partner
There was plenty of gay male drama in the second season of Bravo's Project Runway, which comes out on DVD June 27, but all references to contestant Zulema Griffin's lesbianism got left on the cutting-room floor. As she prepares to show her debut collection...
The Power of Mayors: Republican or Democrat, Man or Woman, Gay Mayors Are Making a Difference at City Halls across the Nation
In the thick of the 2004 presidential campaign, Gina Genovese and her partner, Wendy McCahill, threw a fund-raising soiree for Democratic contender Howard Dean in their affluent and mostly Republican suburb of Long Hill Township, N.J. At the time Genovese,...
The Sexy Professor: Doug Spearman, the out Actor Who Plays Buttoned-Up Chance on Noah's Arc, Swears He's Nothing like His Character. Well, except for That Part about Driving His Car into a Cheating Boyfriend's House
Unlike a lot of actors who play gay characters, Doug Spearman doesn't waste any time being coy about his sexual orientation. "You know I've been in The Advocate before, right?" he says at one of our meetings in Vancouver, Canada, where the second season...
Tune in, Turn on, Eat Chips: Will and Grace Are in Rerun Heaven While the Desperate Housewives Have a Few Months off. but There's No Shortage of Queer TV Offerings for When the Summer Heat Drives You Indoors
Bravo Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List The ex--Suddenly Susan star's unscripted new adventures include attending a gay prom and (gulp!) touring the red states. (Tuesdays) Queer Eye Vegas The Fab 5 try their luck in Sin City as they continue...
Unleashing the Big Audi
Can you fight HIV/AIDS by test-driving a hot car? Actually, yes, thanks to a promotional partnership between Audi of America and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. From now until December 31, if you test-drive a 2007 Audi Q7 in the metropolitan New York,...
What's My Line? It's a Bumper Crop of Camp Classics, with New DVDs of Valley of the Dolls, Mommie Dearest, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? See If You Can Match the Dialogue to the Right Movie
Some elements of queer culture come and go--anyone worn a caftan without irony lately?--but certain gay faves never go out of style. Three classic movies that have tickled generations of gays are currently featured on swanky new DVD editions: the Bette...
Yes to Phelps, No to Bush
When notoriously antigay Kansas preacher Fred Phelps's clan picketed Matthew Shepard's funeral, we were angry and deeply offended. But we recognized that Phelps was exercising his constitutional right of free speech. After all, it's that same right...
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