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. 1020, December 2

A Holiday Guide to Political Disaster: The Key to Staying Sane No Matter What Happens? Ask, What Would Yoko Do?
BECAUSE YOU'RE READING this column in the middle of November, you already know how it all turned out. You're in the future. Me? I'm way back here in October, a world away, writing this thing. So between the yesterday when I wrote this and the tomorrow...
American Lesbian: With a Career Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Catherine Opie Takes Her Place among the Greatest Artists of Her Generation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CATHERINE OPIE'S DAD wanted her to get a real estate license. He hoped she'd settle down in San Diego, where the family lived. Cathy, as friends and colleagues refer to her, had other ideas, though they did include a license,...
A Night at the Museum: A New Gallery Preserves History in a Changing Landscape
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The late afternoon of October 11 was gloriously sunny, though the crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the One Archives Gallery and Museum in West Hollywood was distinctly gray. With his jet-black hair and unlined...
Aussie Bums: Summer Heights High-A Faux-Reality Series That HBO Imported from Australia-Gives Little Britain USA a Run for Its Money
THOUGH HE'S THE STAR, writer, and coproducer of Summer Heights High, one of Australia's most popular TV series, comedian Chris Lilley isn't all that comfortable being a celebrity. In fact, he's more likely to appear at awards ceremonies and charity...
High School Musical: With Charm and Imagination to Spare, the Magic of Were the World Mine Is Worth Singing About
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WERE THE WORLD MINE DIRECTED BY Tom Gustafson STARRING Tanner Cohen, Nathaniel David Becker, and Wendy Robie LOGO QUEER CULTURE MAY BE "FABULOUS," but the world of gay independent film hasn't lived up to that glittery...
No Shrinking Violet: Killers Front Man Brandon Flowers Kinda Likes the Gay Rumors but Has Yet to Seal the Deal with Rufus
SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT, because the Killers are on the attack with their third proper album, Day & Age, which drops November 25. Singer Brandon Flowers has been a gay-fan favorite since the 2004 release of his Las Vegas-based band's Grammy-nominated...
Pipe Dreams: Bedazzled in Swarovski Crystals and Playing an Instrument of His Own Design, 27-Year-Old Organ Virtuoso Cameron Carpenter Could Very Well Be the Brightest Star since Liberace
THE MIDDLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH, across the street from a Jewish bakery on Second Avenue in New York City's East Village, was built in 1872 and features stunning Tiffany stained-glass windows that depict both abstract images and Christian scenes. While...
Pretty, Unpretentious: Dido's First Album in Five Years Delivers More Feel-Good Lyrics and Laid-Back Style without Sounding Stale
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DIDO Safe Trip Home RCA LET'S BE HONEST: Plastic butter knives are edgier than Dido's music. Were it not for her affiliation with Eminem--the rapper sampled her song "Thank You" in his hit single "Stan," and she portrayed...
Rece$$ionary Tremors: Forgive Us for Stating the Obvious, but the Economy Is Tanking. Meet Eight Gay People Caught in the Debris
HOW'S THIS AS A RECIPE FOR RECESSION? Start with a handful of Wall Street titans falling (requiring a $700 billion bailout by the government) and U.S. companies slashing jobs and downgrading financial forecasts. Add rising house foreclosures, tepid...
Renaissance Faire: A New Book Claims That America's on the Verge of a Renaissance in Culture and Business-And, No Surprise, Gay People Are Ahead of the Trend
IN HER BOOK RenGen: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer--and What It Means to Your Business (Platinum Press/Adams Media), Chicago marketing maven Patricia Martin, president ofLitLamp Communications Group, argues that America is entering a renaissance...
Sex. Gender. Employment Discrimination: One Woman's Successful Lawsuit against the Library of Congress Could Spell More Legal Victories for Transgender Employees across the Country
DIANE SCHROER WAS OFFERED a job as a terrorism research analyst by the Library of Congress in December 2004--but she was known as David Schroer at the time. Yet when the decorated Army veteran told her would-be boss that she was about to undergo sex-reassignment...
Smart Money: In a Time of Economic Calamity, One Voice Rises above the Panic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WE'VE NEEDED SUZE ORMAN MORE? With marriage changing the financial equation for thousands of gay couples and the world economy teetering on collapse, the money guru's sage counsel has become required...
The Couple That Directs Together ... with a Television Show in Development, a Documentary Nearly Wrapped, and Their Feature Film Lake City-Starring Sissy Spacek-Released This November, Hunter Hill and Perry Moore Are Building a Media Empire
HUNTER HILL AND PERRY MOORE are proof that opposites attract. The executive director of Paper magazine, Hill is lean and angular, dressed in a crisp black dress shirt, jeans, and a gray blazer. Sitting at a table at Bar Pitti in Manhattan, he clutches...
The Gay Cobain: Eighteen Years after His Death, the Music World Honors "Upchuck," the Man Who Set Seattle on Fire
IT'S A RECENT SATURDAY night in the Emerald City and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is doing what he does best. There's one twist: While grinding out the music, he's dolled up in heels, lipstick, and a spaghetti-strap dress. He slipped into the...
The Moment of Truth
THERE'S SOMETHING SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE about the truth, even though hearing it can sometimes feel like you've ripped a Band-Aid off an old scab. Perhaps that's why we Americans gravitate toward the sting of "just the facts, ma'am" truth-tellers...
The New American Classic: Rachel Maddow's Not Only Bringing Thinking Back to TV News, She's Assuring Herself a Spot on the Mount Rushmore of Broadcasting, Right Next to Murrow, Cronkite, and Brokaw
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S DECEPTIVELY QUIET at 9 o'clock on a weeknight in the MSNBC studio at New York City's Rockefeller Center. Shoulder-to-shoulder workstations rest on a rat maze of tables, and a smiling jack-o'-lantern sits atop the first...
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