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. 974, November 7

Audi's New Rocket: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of a V-8
Having grown up in the hills above Santa Cruz, Calif., I learned to drive on the winding, twisting mountain roads that connected the famous beach city with Silicon Valley. So when I recently had the opportunity to drive the new Audi RS 4 sport sedan...
A Very Gay November
While Patricia Todd, Al McAffrey, and Kathy Webb are all important "firsts" in their state legislatures, they are not the only ones who have essentially won their seats by winning their primaries. After winning the August primary in her heavily Democratic...
Boy Behind Bars: The Gay President of the Stop Prisoner Rape Human Rights Lobby Bares His Soul in a Remarkable New Memoir Recounting His Four Years in Prison-Beginning at Age 17
After holding up a Fotomat with a toy gun in 1978, T.J. Parsell was convicted of armed robbery and spent four years in Michigan's correctional system. On the first day spent with the general prisoner population at Riverside Correctional Facility, Parsell...
Fighting the Christian Fundies: Mel White, 66, Has Stepped Down as Head of Soulforce, the Gay Activist Group He Cofounded, to Get Back to the Front Lines against Antigay Christian Fundamentalists. His New Book Is Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right (Tarcher/Penguin)
From the successful Equality Ride to the current Right to Serve campaign against the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, this has been a breakout year for Soulforce. Why? It took some time to warm up--we've only been alive since 1999, and...
First in Their Houses: Victory Is All but Assured for a Number of out Candidates Running for Their State Legislatures This Year. Meet Three Who Have Already Scored Important Firsts in Not Always Gay-Friendly States
Kathy Webb Arkansas house of representatives Kathy Webb has been interested in politics her whole life. In fact, she has worked on every presidential campaign since sixth grade, when she was John F. Kennedy's campaign manager at her elementary school....
Gays on a Plane: Two Guys in Love Snuggle in Their Seats. A Flight Attendant Reprimands Them. an Ugly Incident Ensues. Dreading This Kind of Embarrassment, Many of Us "Cover"-Hide Our Love in Public. but If We're Hiding, How Can We Make Progress?
We all have a breaking point. One American Airlines purser found hers on August 22 on Flight 45 from Paris to New York City. I imagine it was like Snakes on a Plane. Only it wasn't snakes; it was gays. I envision her paraphrasing Samuel L. Jackson's...
Going Grey: Backstage with Grey Ant-L.A. Designer Grant Krajecki-At His First New York Fashion Week Show
Grant Krajecki began designing in high school, in the gloriously overwrought days of the mid '80s, when women's shoulders were padded like linebackers'. Later, a move to Los Angeles from Chicago offered the opportunity to design costumes for soft-core...
Going Steady with Antonio: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Is Being Described as a Rising Democratic Star, Maybe Even a Future President. but Will He Keep His Vision of Total Equality for Gays and Lesbians Alive?
Less than one week after his inauguration as the mayor of the nation's second-largest city in July 2005, Antonio Villaraigosa surprised his gay fans by opening Outfest, a renowned LGBT film festival. As he stepped onto the stage the crowd rose to its...
Gore Vidal Is (Still) Smarter Than You: At 81, the Great American Curmudgeon Is Sharper Than Ever. Which Is Good, Because We've Never Needed Him More. Gore Vidal Dishes Bush, Garbo, Jesus, Hillary, and His Own New Memoir
Gore Vidal has been famous-and justifiably so--since before most of us were born. A man who defies categorization, who broke ground in politics, film, literature, and life, he has been gifted with fearlessness, divine intuition, and brains. Humility...
Majoring in Discrimination
Parents sending queer children off to college for the first time, beware: Your child's education could be guided by the agenda of the Christian right. Far-right activists are working to reshape the academic landscape of colleges and universities from...
My Mom Comes Out: Mom Had Gotten the Role of Aunt Cora, an Elderly Southern Lesbian, in Our Movie as a Personal Favor to Me. and Not Only Was She Not Weirded-Out by Kissing Another Woman on Film, She Was Actually Good at It
So moved by a bridesmaid's speech comparing the groom to an "unexpected Christmas present," 72-year-old Aunt Cora spontaneously rose from her seat. With all eyes on her, she proclaimed with an open heart, "Millie has been my unexpected Christmas present...
Pokemon's Cool Kitty
With her animated voice and a smile that says she's up to something, it's easy to forget that Maddie Blaustein is not a cartoon character--she just plays one on TV. Blaustein has been invited into the living rooms and kitchens of countless homes across...
Proudly Political
As the midterm election looms, GenQ recognizes the young gays and lesbians working their butts off behind the political scenes. They're interns knocking on doors, political staffers paying their dues, and recent grads carving a place for themselves...
Ripping Hollywood's Closet: As His Savagely Funny Hit the Little Dog Laughed Moves to Broadway, out Playwright Douglas Carter Beane Proves His Bite Is as Big as His Bark
With The Little Dog Laughed, which begins performances October 26 at New York City's Cort Theatre, gay playwright Douglas Carter Beane (As Bees in Honey Drown) explores one of Hollywood's favorite taboo topics: closeted movie stars. A sensation off-Broadway...
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Movin' on is a chance that you have to take/Any time you try to stay together/Say a word out of line/And you find that the friends you had/Are gone forever, forever." So sang Billy Joel in his '70s ballad "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," a song one editor...
Short Answers: Louis-Georges Tin
The Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will launch a global campaign in November for a United Nations resolution to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide. The proposal is the brainchild of IDAHO's founder, Louis-Georges Tin, 32,...
Thanks a Lot, Foley: Every Day, Gay and Lesbian Folks like Me Are the Ones Who Suffer the Consequences of Foley's Self-Destruction
I had been out of high school only a short time when The Advocate ran a story about Florida congressman Mark Foley and the congressional closet in 1996. I don't remember it. Nor do I recall similar reports that followed on his alleged homosexuality....
The OC? Oh, Please: Featuring TV's Only Lead Lesbian Teen Character, Cable's South of Nowhere Is the New "It" Soap
In an era when teen dramas bring up the big issues--sexuality, drugs, race, class--only in one-time "very special episodes," TV producer Tom Lynch set out to make a realistic series exploring the lives of LGBT teenagers in which "every episode would...
Tripping with the M6: When You Get Behind the Wheel of a BMW M6, Get Ready. This 10-Cylinder Brute Will Take You from L.A. to Palm Springs before You Can Say "Beamer." Here's the Story of One Weekend with Friends and BMW's Newest Mythmaker
In Palm Swings, Calif. September is still high summer, with triple-digit temperatures and wispy waves of heat rising off the pavement along Interstate 10. Standing there a few Saturdays ago, you might have seen a shimmery white dot in the distance,...
What Happened on Flight 45? the Couple at the Heart of the Controversy Tell Their Story
As veteran travelers, Stephan Varnier, 34, and George Tsikhiseli, 29, were baffled when they were singled out by a flight attendant on an August 22 Paris--New York City American Airlines flight and told to stop touching. "I had my head on George's...
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