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. 1006, April 22

2008 Road Trips: Three Ultimate Routes: Geneva to Zurich San Francisco to L.A. Auckland to Wellington
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE SWISS ALPS Story by MATTHEW LINK Photograph by ALEX TREBUS Linking the diplomats of French-speaking Geneva to the bankers of German-speaking Zurich, the awe-inspiring Swiss Alpine route tunnels into the rugged...
A Change Is Gonna Come: Thalia Zedek Returns with Another Solo Album. This Time She's Got Backup
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THALIA ZEDEK Liars And Prayers THRILL JOCKEY CHANGE IS HEALTHY, for artists and others. Fans may have wailed when Dylan plugged in, but he broke new ground. Marianne Faithfull and Alanis Morissette matured from teen...
A Pinker Shade of Chinese Red: On the Eve of the Beijing Olympics, China Is Experiencing a Full Lavender Revolution
Right in the heart of Beijing, a stone's throw from the seat of government, is Manifesto, a gay underwear store aimed at "men with spunk." Yes, the times, they are a-changin' in the Middle Kingdom. The People's Republic of blue Mao suits and bicycles...
Audiophile: The Gadgets and Gear That Make Your Sound Sing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH A NEW AUDIO GADGET hitting the shelves seemingly every day, the life of the modern music lover is full of decisions. Zune or iPod? Sony or Bose? And where to find those wireless earbuds that deliver the sounds of Britney...
Barney Frank's Take on Washington, D.C
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The most powerful gay politician in America has called our nation's capital his second home for going on 27 years, serving as the representative for Massachusetts's fourth congressional district. His journey from closeted...
Bicycle Trips 101
I'm Andrew Broan, and I'm a bikeaholic. I've got 11 bikes in my garaqe, and whenever I see a map I devise fantasy tours. After a two-year round-the-world cycleganza with my ex-husband in the late '90s, I began leading dozens of LGBT bike tours with...
Cheyenne Stands Tall: Most Leading Men Are Afraid to Be out and Proud. Cheyenne Jackson Is Bigger Than That
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I'VE ACTUALLY NEVER TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE because it s a little bit twisted, whispers Cheyenne Jackson across a corner table at Sardis in New York City, where a caricature of his handsome head has just been added to the...
Dynamic Duo: With a Retrospective Currently at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and a Tour Slated for Later This Year, the Controversial Art Team Gilbert and George Are about to Remind America of the Beauty of Bad Taste
POLITE, WELL-SPOKEN GENTLEMEN, Gilbert and George paraded dirty graffiti, pricks, profanity, and splashes of semen before a reluctant art world during the past 40 years. In 1969 they designed a preemptive strike on their critics titled George the Cunt...
End to U.S. Ban on HIV-Positive Travelers?
Members of Congress are trying to repeal a section of U.S. law that bars HIV-positive immigrants or foreign visitors from entering the country unless they get a special waiver. Those waivers usually are granted (or denied) on a case-by-case basis,...
Field of Dreams: In the Broccoli and Strawberry Fields of Central California, LGBT Farmworkers Face Everything from Violence to Cuts in Pay Simply for Being Who They Are. How One Woman and a Cutting-Edge Legal Project Are Leading the Fight for Justice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TWO HOURS SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO in the agricultural hub of Salinas, Calif., a Mexican immigrant worked as a foreman in a produce packing plant, supervising nearly 100 people for eight to 10 hours a day, sometimes seven days...
From RV to Rock Star Bus: Move on from Ancient RVs to Live like a Celeb in Your Own Road Trip Tour Bus
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] On your next road trip, to avoid at least the appearance of following in Uncle Horace and Aunt Mildred's tire treads a generation (or two) earlier--or to put your own ultraluxe twist on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (sans...
Gay Retro Motor Lodges: Who Needs Motel 6 When You Can Shake off Road Fatigue at These Stylized Gay-Owned Digs?
WESTERN PASSAGE Queen's Inn by the River, Oakhurst, Calif. No need to feel lonesome on the highway through California's wild and woodsy interior: Respite awaits at the lesbian-run Queen's Inn by the River (559-683-4354; QueensInn.com; from $139")....
Gus Van Sant's Portland Visions: West Coast Urban Evolution Documented through the Viewfinder of a Local out Filmmaker
While sizing up the queer streets of San Francisco's Castro District for his latest film, Milk--the story of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, expected to hit theaters in late 2008--indie auteur Gus Van Sant was asked his opinion of the City by...
I Have a Dream ... Ticket: Clinton and Obama Say They Won't Run Together. but LGBT Voters Can Hope
IN THE DAYS LEADING UP to the second Super Tuesday on March 4, a fascinating narrative emerged that contrasted the presidential candidates' comfort levels on gay and lesbian issues. In one corner was the new front-runner, Sen. Barack Obama, who...
Inclusive Exclusivity: Out W Hotels President Ross Klein Explains How Gay and Lesbian-And All-Guests Should Be Treated in a 21st-Century Hotel
Since 2003, Ross Klein, president of W Hotels Worldwide, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, and the Luxury Collection, has redefined what a hotel experience is all about. His background in corporate marketing for Ralph Lauren and Polo brought an outside-the-box...
It's Lovely at the Top: Out Journalist Randy Lovely Takes over as Editor at the Conservative Arizona Republic and Learns Firsthand What It Means to Be a Novelty
RANDY LOVELY is trying hard not to think about how many Weight Watchers points he just blew. Days before our interview he indulged in a newsroom potluck of chili and chicken wings. Still, it was worth it, particularly since it helped fuel a marathon...
Jack Kerouac's Long and Winding Road Trip: The Revolutionary 1957 Travel Memoir on the Road Ignited a Generation and Flung Open the Floodgates of Hip "Otherness." at Its Core Is a Heartbreaking and Oblique Queer Romance
Jack Kerouac's famed coming-of-age travel novel--and subtextual gay love story--On the Road turned 50 last year. The pioneering book traces the journeys the author took across America by bus and car both alone and with his best friend and inspiration,...
Kimberly Peirce and the Art of War: With Stop-Loss, the Queer Director Comes of Age
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SHE'S INTENSE, WITH BIG DARK EYES that come right at you. As a writer-director, Kimberly Peirce has put that intensity to work. Her 1999 debut, Boys Don't Cry, about the rape and murder of a young trans man named Brandon Teena,...
Listen Up! There Are Gay Musicians and There Are Musicians Who Happen to Be Gay. These 10 Emerging Artists Span a Range of Genres Including Punk, Folk, Rap, and Everything in between. but It's Not about Who You Sleep with for These and an Ever-Growing Generation of Musician. in the End It's All about the Music
THE SHONDES ICONIC QUEER JEWISH PUNK ROCKERS are a rare lot. In fact, with the exception of Phranc (in her pre-Folksinger Los Angeles hardcore days), the field was wide open when the Shondes burst on the scene in 2006. The Brooklyn, N.Y., quartet--some...
Moby
After Moby spoke out against Eminem's misogynistic and homophobic lyrics at the Grammys in 2001, the rapper called him a "36-year-old bald-headed fag" and declared "nobody listens to techno" in his single "Without Me." Turns out that the angry 8 Miler...
Odyssey to Cambodia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We recently sent the out Ugly Betty actor to one of the world's up-and-coming travel destinations to explore the intensities of its ancient history and recent past. His uncensored travel diary: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 OMG!...
Philadelphia's Funky Queen Village
Despite its name, Queen Village isn't the official Gayborhood of Philly. That's about 10 blocks away, officially called Midtown Village and decorated with rainbow-colored street signs. But Queen Village (named for Queen Christina of Sweden) is gay-popular....
Posh Happenings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. SAN FRANCISCO GLAAD Media Awards May 10 GLAAD.org Star sightings are guaranteed at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's glam cocktail reception-dinner-auction-awards show combo at the landmark downtown...
Prelude to a Kiss? the Chaste Gay Couple on as the World Turns Frustrates Fans, Enrages Religious Zealots, and Lends the 52-Year-Old Show Some Much-Needed Buzz
NO ENTERTAINMENT STORY of late has ignited the gay blogosphere like the never-ending drama--or more accurately, lack of drama--of As the World Turns's Luke and Noah, daytime TV's first ongoing gay male romance. After two passionate kisses last fall,...
Si'a's Quiet Side: Chatty and Chirpy When She's Talking about Her Career as an Uber-Inside Musician, Sia Downplays Her Sexuality
THIRTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD SIA FURLER is the blond pixie asphyxiating herself with a plastic bag, panty hose, and other devices in the viral video for her bubbly song "Buttons." The Australian-born singer is also the ethereal voice accompanying the wrenching...
Soft-Core Catholics
As Pope Benedict XVI arrives this month for his first visit to the United States, lobbyist group Catholics for Choice continues its mission to drag him into the 21st century. Created in 1973, the year of Roe v. Wade, CFC pushes the Roman Catholic...
The Best Inland Gay Beaches
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. LAKE MEAD Las Vegas A 45-minute drive from the glitter of the Strip, the north shore of massive manmade reservoir Lake Mead-with its rainbow-hued rocks and vast desert vistas-is a must for local gay sunbathers. Summer...
The Gay Map of the Orthodox World
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Most of the world's approximately 240 million Eastern Orthodox Christians reside in Eastern Europe, a region still closeted and reactionary toward gays and lesbians. All Orthodox countries (except Greece and Cyprus) were...
The Man Who Broke the Mold: Bob Mould Is What Every Young Musician Aspires to Be-Versatile Successful, and Beloved. How One Man Became a Legend by Defying Definition
ONE OF THE MOST enduring figures in underground music, Bob Mould first garnered attention as a member of Minneapolis '80s hardcore-punk trio Husker Du. The group, known at first for their short and fast songs (which were nonetheless highly melodic...
The Motor City Finds Its Mojo: Despite Tough Economic Times, Downtown Development Is Making Detroit a Diamond in the Rust
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why would anyone want to visit a former murder capital at the rusty end of the fly-over belt? Detroiters would reply, "Let us show you," and that's the key to discovering Motown--you need a guide to plumb its richness. Founded...
The New Guard: Will Hollywood Really Let Unlikely Ingenues like Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood Ascend to the A-List?
SMART PEOPLE DIRECTED BY Noam Murro STARRING Ellen Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Dennis Quaid MIRAMAX THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES DIRECTED BY Vadim Perelman STARRI NG Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, and Uma Thurman MAGNOLIA PICTURES...
The Present Past
My 1994 book tour for the 15th-anniversary edition of The Lure in Germany changed my feeling of immunity to history. I was on a seven-city expenses-paid summer jaunt. I was looking for book sales, newspaper interviews, fame--and long romantic bike...
To Be Young, Gifted, and Out
You may think that on Broadway it's easy to be out. Actually, it depends on what you mean by "out." In theaters and elsewhere, I've heard a lot of half-measures, put forward in all sincerity, from "my friends know" to "it's not an issue." They usually...
We Build These Cities
Richard Florida's 2002 best seller, The Rise of the Creative Class, boldly charged that to be successful, cities must embrace, among other things, the LGBT population. Florida's insights turned heads, and so will his latest read, Who's Your City?--which...

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