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. 996, November 6

5 Gay Hawaii Secrets
1. Although this is rarely referred to, the revered King Kamehameha didn't hide the fact he slept with young aikane (which literally means "sex with man," but now means a male friend). You can visit this perhaps bisexual king's sacred birth site on...
5 to Drive in 2008
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Once upon a time, there was something called "the new model year." Get this: Enthusiasts used to gather at their local dealer's showroom and wait for the car salesmen to take the wraps off Detroit's latest sheet metal siren....
Cool Blue Islands in Seas of Red: Contrary to Popular Myth, Many Red States Harbor Bright Blue Spots of Tolerance and Acceptance for LGBT Travelers. Our Pick of 10 Gay-Friendly Oases:
With the majority of gay Americans living and vacationing in relatively liberal "blue" states, it's easy to forget that even in some of the nation's deepest oceans of conservatism, you can still find numerous islands of tolerance. In fact, some of...
Creature Comforts: Upscale Gay-Friendly Properties That Will Spoil You and Your Precious Pooch
THE ROYAL TREATMENT: RUBENS AT THE PALACE, LONDON Located across from Buckingham Palace in a regal 1911 building that once housed debutantes attending royal parties, Rubens at the Palace (011-44-20-7834-6600; RubensHotels.com; doubles from approximately...
Daniel Karslake
When he was a producer on the PBS gay and lesbian newsmagazine In the Life, Daniel Karslake specialized in the tricky intersection between religion and sexuality. It's an issue he probes further in his new documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So, which...
Dossier Give till It Hurts: The Hardest Decision for Judi Bowne Wasn't Whether to Donate Her Kidney but Whom to Give It to. Then She Met Fellow Lesbian Rosie Murray
TO MEET JUDI BOWNE is to ask why. That's because on May 15, Bowne gave one of her kidneys to Rosemarie Murray, a woman she had met only six months earlier. The story starts in July 2006, when Bowne heard an NPR segment about an organization that...
Driving the Gay Market: In 2006 Ford Motor Co. Slashed Its Advertising Budget for Gay and Lesbian Publications. Was It Fear of a Boycott or Simply Market Conditions? Bernice Yeung Investigates
IN AN AWARD-WINNING AD aimed at gay consumers, a clean-cut 30-something with chiseled features, tousled hair, and the faint air of an Ivy League rowing team captain sits on the edge of a cream-colored couch. His hands are clasped to his chin; his ocean-blue...
Every Man Is an Island-So Which One Are You?
STEP 1: Answer the seven questions below 1. You're packing for your vacation in paradise. What goes in the bag first? A. Glow sticks B. D&G sunglasses C. Compass and hiking boots D. Nothing-who wears clothing on vacation? E. Your...
Five Insider Tips: Ed's Favorite Island Cruise Adventures
ISLAND: MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, BAR HARBOR, MAINE Sail with: R Family Vacations (RFamilyVacations.com) aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn (NCL.com) Rosie's cruise charter company visits this enchanting New England locale next summer....
From ABCs to LGBT: The 1996 Documentary It's Elementary Showed Teachers Talking about Gay People with Their Students. A Decade Later, Its Impact Can Be Seen in Classrooms, State Laws, and the Kids-Now Grown-Who Appeared in It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BRANDON RICE REMEMBERS the day 11 years ago when filmmakers came to his Madison, Wis., school and taped his fourth-grade teacher talking to his class about gay people. Among the topics: whether students were ever picked on...
Getting Real about ENDA: The Furor over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Offers the LGBT Community the Chance to Come of Age. Will We Take It?
In late September the Employment Non-Discrimination Act hit a snag. With a historic yes vote within reach in Congress, we learned that the votes for an all-inclusive ENDA weren't there after all: Although members would support a federal law protecting...
Girl Power: Two Women Redefine the Role of Outcast Companions: One Fat and One Fake
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EARLY ON IN Lars and the Real Girl, the emotionally stunted Lars (Ryan Gosling) tells his brother and sister-in-law that he's planning to bring a date over for dinner. The news sends Gus and Karin into an excited frenzy--after...
Halloween: Is the Party over? Once a Place for Gays to Parade the Outlandish and the Outrageous, Halloween Street Parties Have Been Overrun by College Kids and Gangbangers, Appropriated by Stroller-Pushing Moms and Out-of-Towners, and Regulated by Angry Residents and City Officials. Have We Lost Halloween Forever?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I REMEMBER THE YEAR I NOTICED THE SHIFT," says Jeanne Fleming, a longtime organizer of New York City's Village Halloween Parade. The year was 1989. Downtown Manhattan was a gritty, crime-ridden outpost of artists, homos,...
Hate Crimes in Black and White: It Could Have Been You; It Could Have Been Me
THE DEATH OF 29-YEAR-OLD New Yorker Michael Sandy, resulting from a beating by a group of white men who had intentionally lured him to a parking lot, was cold, calculated, and brutal. Chat messages between Sandy and the men were reportedly found on...
Headbanger's Ball: Otep Gives Heavy Metal a Woman's Touch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OTEP The Ascension KOCH TO THE CASUAL OBSERVER, heavy metal might seem like the gayest music ever. The leather-and-studs getups favored by Judas Priest are pure Folsom Street fare. And no matter how sordid the Behind the...
Jamaica: The Caribbean's No-Go Zone: Should LGBT Travelers Boycott the Homophobic Caribbean Isle, or Has a De Facto Gay Ban Already Occurred?
The Jamaica Tourism Board's new slogan, "Once you go, you know," translates for many queer tourists as: Gays, beware. Not that homophobia is official JTB policy. According to its publicity team, individual vacationers of all stripes are welcome to...
Kiss the Cook: How a New Memoir (and Homemade Doughnuts) Are Bridging the Culinary Divide
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When lesbian chef Gillian Clark opened Colorado Kitchen in Washington, D.C.'s Brightwood neighborhood in 2001. the only other restaurant where you could sit down to eat was McDonald's. There were, however, plenty of places...
Leading the Charge: In October, Aubrey Sarvis Took the Helm at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Will His Rolodex of Political and Business Bigwigs Be Enough to Overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] U.S. ARMY VETERAN AUDREY SARVIS has won his share of skirmishes in Washington. As chief counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee, he helped push through historic airline deregulation; as Verizon's top lobbyist, he fought...
Life in Drive: To Quote a Tinseltown Proverb: You Can Live in Your Car, but You Can't Drive Your House. Let's Hope It Doesn't Come to That. but the Point Is, Your Wheels Say a Lot about You. Gaywheels.com's Joe Tralongo Picks the Cars That Make the Man (or Woman) at Four Distinct Stages Of-Gay Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STAGE 1: Young and single. Forget backseat legroom and trunk space--a man on the prowl needs a car that attracts attention without cutting too deeply into the clothing budget. 2008 VOLVO C30 Small, agile, and starting well...
Magic Man: A Television Writer Proves His Genius Once Again with His Surreal New Show, Pushing Daisies. Now, If Bryan Fuller Can Only Get People to Watch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BRYAN FULLER IS STANDING IN A HUDDLE of grips and production assistants around a corpse laid flat on a morgue table. At well over six feet, the creator-producer of Pushing Daisies looms above the entire crew, which includes...
Maroon Yourself on an Opulent Private Isle: Anyone Can Stay at a Beachfront Hotel-But How Many Travelers Can Claim They Actually Resided on a Resort's Private Island Paradise?
LITTLE PALM ISLAND, FLORIDA KEYS 305-872-2524; LittlePalmlsland.com; from $640 a night Luxe Appeal: Stop 50 miles short of Key West's flotilla of rainbow flags and sashay aboard a wood-lined launch waiting to shuttle you in the presidential wake...
Matt and LoAnn's Beach Reads: Editorial Director Matthew Link and Associate Editor LoAnn Halden Continue Their Freaky Friday Gender-Psyche Swap with a Reading List to Accompany This Issue's "Year of Island-Hopping" Feature. (Really, They Both Just Want to Be Oprah.)
MATT'S LESBIAN BEACH READS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Weight by Jeanette Winterson--pack for Mykonos. The Greek isle is a perfect place to carry Weight, a retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles from this ferociously witty lesbian writer. ...
Minute Rice Queens: When Physical Attraction Collides with Racial Politics the Outcome Is Rarely Pretty
WE MET ON MYSPACE, he was cute, he asked me to dinner, so here we sit in a crowded, noisy restaurant. I feel the race question getting closer. I've developed a sixth sense for it. I wonder if he'll dance around it with euphemisms or ask directly. ...
My Heterosexual Life Partner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first time Emma and I took a trip together, it was spring break of our sophomore year of college and we went camping in the Virgin Islands. We found our other traveling companion difficult, and a tarantula in our tent...
No Fruities with Your Rooty Tooty?
The International House of Pancakes in West Hollywood is located at the city's gay ground zero--surrounded by martinis, pecs, and attitude. So it came as a shock when waiter Gene Piva, who had worked at the IHOP for 7 1/2 years, claimed he was let...
Rants & Raves
"It was awesome at the time. We had a really funny friendship and kind of played with the press and the media. It was before the Internet, and there was still a little bit of allure and excitement and fun to it." --Sandra Bernhard, explaining that...
Readers' Choice Awards 2007
If there's one thing we know, it's that getting gay travelers to all agree on where to stay, play, and spend their hard-earned pink dollars is nearly impossible. Yet when we asked your opinion in our third annual Readers' Choice Awards, everyone stepped...
Sarah Shahi
Sarah Shahi won our hearts playing the ooh-la-la lesbian Carmen, Shane's left-at-the-altar DJ girlfriend on The L Word. Now she's winning our admiration for her post-L Word acting range: She made us laugh in her cameo as a vapid morning-show host in...
Ted Allen's Top Five California Wineries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Former Queer Eye and host of the new DVD and TV series Uncorked! Wine Made Simple (LiveUncorked. typepad.com) Ted Allen traveled through the world's top wine regions in search of the most celebrated vineyards. His top-tier...
The Cedars: The Lone Star State's New Hot Spot
When nighttime falls, a once-forgotten corner just south of Dallas's downtown skyscrapers glows in vibrant neon. Live music and nouveau cuisine beckon metrosexuals and postgays alike. The Cedars (not to be confused with the gayborhood of Oak Lawn's...
The Gayest One
"EVERYONE AGREED THAT YOU RE THE GAYEST PERSON in the department," my best friend from work said to me as we strolled through SoHo. Sara was recapping: a conversation from a happy hour I missed because I had been at a Book reading by Paula Demean,...
The GAY Map of the Pacific
The far-flung nations of the Pacific, often referred along with Australia and New Zealand as the region of Oceania, span nearly half the globe. The islands of the Pacific are broken down into three main ethnic groupings: Polynesia (from Hawaii to New...
The Slopes Are Alive with the Sound of DJs: Our Lowdown on Four Popular North American Gay Ski Party Weeks for 2008
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHISTLER, B.C., CANADA The Event: Now in its 16th year, party-centric Altitude has morphed into the well-rounded WinterPride, with a more diverse apres-ski lineup, including culinary classes and health and wellness symposiums,...
The Vigor of the Mile-High City: An Enclave of Erudition, Style, and Atheleticism Is to Be Found at the Foothills of the Rockies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At first glance Denver can look, well, dull. On the surface, the Mile-High City greets a visitor with sprawl, unassuming skyscrapers, and strip malls--but try to shake off those first impressions. Dig deeper and you'll click...
Travel Advice from a Gay Nurse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I hear more and more about the danger of malaria in tropical destinations. What kind of precautions should I take to avoid getting it on my trip? I heard some pills give you nightmares. -Suzanne Mekler, Sacramento Although...
Traveling with Narciso Rodriguez: The Gay Cuban-American Fashion Designer Behind This Fall's Hot New Fragrance (Called "For Him") Tells Us His Travel Dreams
You were a big fan of the Concorde? It was so convenient. I don't love spending long periods of time on a plane unless I'm sleeping, so to fly somewhere in 3 1/2 hours was incredible. It was like the bus. The service was great until the end, when...
Trying on Sandals: We Sent Bruce Vilanch to One of the Notoriously Hetero Sandals Resorts with Boy Toy in Tow to Test the Company's Recent Queer-Friendly Change of Heart. His View from the Beachy Enemy Camp
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They make you fill out a customs form when you land in the Bahamas. Under "Purpose of Visit" the following choices are listed in this specific order: Honeymoon. Wedding. Renewal of Vows. Business. Pleasure. Evidently none...
Unlikely Lesbians
When you picture two women on the verge of lesbian lust, former talk-show host Ricki Lake and Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri might not leap immediately to mind. But the coupling presumably made sense to writer-director Kurt Voelker. In his directorial...
Your Questions: Our Answers
I am a gay Jewish man looking to go to Israel. I would like to meet other gay men there. Do you know how I can find this? --Avrel, via e-mail MATT SAYS: Tel Aviv is by far the gayest city in the Middle East, with late-night clubs, bars, saunas,...
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