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. 971, September 26

A Gay Winner & a Sore Loser
Patricia Todd clearly won. Joe Lieberman clearly lost. That's how direct elections work. Todd, an out lesbian candidate, won two primary face-offs to be one of Birmingham's Democratic candidates for the Alabama state legislature--virtually assuring...
Aussie Bum: The 27-Year-Old Queensland "Jackeroo" (Aussie for "Cowboy") and Former Model Made It to the Final Four on Australian Big Brother This Summer, Just Months after Surviving a Vicious Gay Bashing
When I was 19 I went to Sydney with my mates, and everywhere we went model agents came up and gave me their card. My mates said, "Look, this is an opportunity to do something and get off the farm." A week later I was in Italy doing the catwalks, surrounded...
Band of Brothers: In October Gay Identical Twins Jacob and Joshua Will Rock Logo in a New Reality Series
Reality TV has produced many a gay icon, and the upcoming Logo reality series Jacob & Joshua: Nemesis Rising (premiering October 16) gives us two for the price of one. Jacob and Joshua Miller are gay identical twins attempting to establish their...
Dance Dance Revolution?
Basement Jaxx * Crazy Itch Radio * XL Soulwax * Nite Versions * Modular Staying on the cutting edge of dance music is tough in the 21st century. The days when getting your mitts on the next Madonna remix early bestowed automatic cool are...
Equal in Adversity
New York State recently upheld its ban on same-sex marriage. The author of the decision, Judge Robert S. Smith, argued that the limiting of marriage to opposite-sex couples was primarily for the protection and welfare of children. The cruelty and ignorance...
Indie Music Preview
September Basement Jaxx, Crazy Itch Radio (XL Recordings) The latest outburst of crazyass dance madness from this Brit duo includes the pairing of Swedish pop sensation Robyn with a Balkan chorus, an orchestral interlude sung by oddball folkie Linda...
Life and Death on the Waiting List: States with Drug Waiting Lists for Low-Income AIDS Patients Are Getting Some Relief from the Bush Administration's New Prescription Drug Program
The letter David Woods received from the state of Kentucky in July contained some surprisingly good news. The 52-year-old AIDS patient, who has been HIV-positive for 16 years, was being taken off the waiting list for the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance...
On the Wild Side: Julian McMahon Has No Sexual Hang-Ups, and He's Not Afraid to Say So
It's probably just a testament to his scalpel-sharp performance on TV's naughtiest drama, Nip/Tuck, but the idea of meeting Julian McMahon on a street corner in Hollywood without a chaperone, even in broad daylight, seems a bit dicey. He's more than...
Outspoken / Julius Berman
I recently graduated from Deerfield Academy, a prestigious New England prep school, where I came out in the spring of my junior year. At this point I am finding it bewildering to turn back and survey the path I took. I came out to the 600 students...
Overhead and Underrated: Andy LeMaster, Front Man for Now It's Overhead, Is the New Gay Darling of Indie Rock
Move over, Stephin Merritt. Step aside, Conor Oberst. It's time to anoint a new pinup boy for gay fans of indie rock. "I'm actually really happy to be talking to the gay press," laughs Andy LeMaster of the Athens, Ga.-based outfit Now It's Overhead....
Putting the "Adult" in Adultery: A Gay Couple's Open Relationship Is Put to the Test in Christopher Bram's Probing New Novel, Exiles in America
Christopher Bram's latest novel, Exiles in America, is so compulsively readable it's easy to overlook its brimming wisdom. The story follows Zack and Daniel, a long-term openly nonmonogamous couple, and Daniel's fiery affair with a married Iranian...
Queens of the Closet: Middle-Aged Men Who Don't Know They're Gay Are All the Rage This Season
It has been almost 30 years since Jodie Dallas sashayed out of the closet on the series premiere of Soap in 1977, and you'd think that the upcoming crop of primetime television offerings would feature more than just a few closeted fags begging the...
Quietly to Victory: Congress Passed and President Bush Signed into Law New 401(k) Benefits for Same-Sex Couples. How Did the Human Rights Campaign and Others Win This Fight? Very Quietly
How did this happen? This is something that we have worked on for four years. Why do we want to get married? Well, let's look at the 1,100 economic inequities that we suffer from. We looked out across the legislative landscape and saw this pension...
Rated G for "Greedy"
This Film Is Not Yet Rated * Directed by Kirby Dick * IFC Films In his new documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Kirby Dick goes well beyond indicting the top-secret rating system of the Motion Picture Association of America. His real subject...
Rubicon Roundup: Jeep's Revamped Wrangler Rules on the Infamous Rubicon Trail
As a Jeep owner myself, I've traversed my share of rugged terrain. But when Jeep invited me to drive its all-new, reengineered 2007 Jeep Wrangler over the notoriously difficult Rubicon Trail in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, Calif., I knew I was in...
Sandra Oh
Oh, Sandra! She steals her scenes in Sideways and the show in Greys Anatomy. Emmy-nominated and a fixture in indie movies--see her this December in Thorn Fitzgerald's AIDS-related drama 3 Needles--Oh never fails to delight and surprise us.--Michele...
Targeted by Death Squads: An Escalating Campaign of "Sexual Cleansing" in Iraq Has Led to the Executions of Many Gays and Lesbians. Some Have Managed to Flee. Those Left Behind Hide from Public View
"Every gay and lesbian here lives in fear, just pure fear, of being beaten or killed," says Ahmad, a 34-year-old gay man, via telephone from his home in Baghdad. "Homosexuality is seen here as imported from the West and as the work of the devil." ...
The Best List: What the Advocate Will Be Watching This Fall
Best sitcom Ugly Betty (ABC, Thursdays at 8 P.M., premieres September 28) El Diablo Wore Prada? Adapted from a Colombian TV serial (Yo Soy Betty, la Fea), this much-buzzed-about comedy follows an ugly duckling, Betty Suarez (America Ferrera of Real...
Wal-Mart Puts on a Gay-Friendly Face
Wal-Mart offers no domestic-partner benefits and has been known to decline to sell certain LGBT-oriented products. So it wasn't surprising that a national debate erupted August 21 when the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership...
Wasting Away: What's Driving Young Gay Men to Starve, Binge, and Purge?
"I realized I had an eating disorders after I chipped my tooth while binge-eating," says Jamie Mattson, a 24-year-old gay Seattle man. "It was erosion of the enamel from throwing up two or three times a week for the past three years. I had to undergo...
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