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. 1009, June 17

A Bakery Grows in Detroit: When a Lesbian Couple Opened a Bakery in a Blighted Motor City Neighborhood 11 Years Ago, They Prospered-And So Did Their Customers, Employees, and the Local Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JACKIE VICTOR REMEMBERS the first two customers to show up when she and her business and life partner, Ann Perrault, opened their Avalon International Breads shop 11 years ago in Detroit: Thomas Gumbleton, a now-retired Catholic...
Advocate.com Top 10
This year, more than ever, you've come to us for breaking news and smart entertainment. Here are our 10 most clicked-on stories 1. Labor of Love The story that captivated the world tops our chart. Trans man Thomas Beatie shared his first-person...
An Archbishop for All: Desmond Tutu Sees Gay and Lesbian Rights as Part of the Larger Struggle in the Fight for Freedom and Dignity for All
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It looked like bad math: four reporters and five cameramen wedged into a small conference room with one renowned South African Anglican archbishop and only 15 minutes for questions. Desmond Tutu was at Grace Cathedral in San...
BBQ Season: It's Time to Spark Up the Grill
IF YOU'RE THE KIND OF GUY who's passionate about meat (and we know you are), then you already know there's more to barbecuing than pig, slaw, and sauce. Barbecuing is an art form, but you don't need to invest in a sacred fire pit to achieve magnificent...
Boom over Miami: Sunny Miami Is Home to Pristine Beaches, Dynamic Nightlife, and the Nation's Most Glutted Condo Market. What's a Local Gay Real Estate Agent to Do? We Asked 38-Year-Old Bryan Halda
With about 25,000 condo units for sale and counting, as another 25,000 are under construction, South Florida has seen real estate prices sink and foreclosures swell. The rampant flipping that took place a few years back only made the current situation...
Cat Scratch Fever: London's Calling with the Sultry, Tech-Loving 2009 Jaguar XF
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2009 JAGUAR XF BASE LUXURY MODEL RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) $49,975 STANDARD ENGINE 4.2 V8 HORSEPOWER 300 @ 6,000 RPM TORQUE (LB-FT) 310 @ 4,100 RPM FUEL ECONOMY, CITY (MEG) 16 HIGHWAY (MPG) 24 EVERY CAR LOVER...
Class of 2008: Most Likely to Succeed: The Advocate Honors Two Students Graduating This Spring Who Are Making a Solid Mark in the Gay Rights Movement Locally, Nationally, Worldwide
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] SAMANTHA CANNON, 18, ROBERT D. EDGREN HIGH SCHOOL, MISAWA CITY, JAPAN With both parents employed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Samantha Cannon spent high school on the Misawa Air Base in Misawa City, Japan. In the...
Don Bachardy: With Two Recent Gallery Shows and a New Film about His Life with Christopher Isherwood, the Artist Enjoys the Rewards of a Gay Life Well Lived
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] DON BACHARDY, one of America's most respected portraitists, has captured the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Natalie Wood, and Bette Davis on paper and canvas. Yet Bachardy's most persistent identification remains his partnership...
Global Pride Warriors: In the Spirit of Widespread Change, Meet Four International Gay Rights Activists from Nepal, Russia, Nigeria, and Chile
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SUNIL PANT PRESIDENT OF THE BLUE DIAMOND SOCIETY When Nepal's supreme court ruled last year that the government had no right to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, Sunil Pant, president of the Blue Diamond...
It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... No, It's Super Queer! the Alter Ego of One Ohio Student Prefers Activism Dressed in a Rainbow Cape and Rollerblades
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A SMALL MIDWESTERN college town like Bowling Green, Ohio, is the last place you might expect to find a gay superhero in Rollerblades decked out in a rainbow shirt with a long rainbow cape billowing in the air behind. But stopping...
L.A. Schools Add Queer Cinema to Curricula
The administrators of E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, Calif., have taken a lot of flak lately. Their school was where 15-year-old Lawrence King was shot to death in February by his classmate Brandon McInerney, allegedly because King was gay....
Let's Get Spiritual: Deemed Sinners or Simply Made Invisible by Their Childhood Religions, Many Gays and Lesbians Are Embracing Alternative Faiths That Unabashedly Embrace Them. Here Are Three People Proving God and Gay Aren't Mutually Exclusive
"HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG." For many gay people, the first time they heard their sexuality condemned was as kids in their houses of worship, and it instilled a deep sense of shame that took a lifetime to undo. It's no surprise then that members of the...
Meet the Brave Ones: Our Pride Issue Celebrates an Extraordinary Group of LGBT People Whose Courage Is Changing the World
As we edit and lay out the stories on these pages, we always absorb a little of the spirit of the people we write about. In our office we've been calling this issue "The Brave Ones." I won't belabor the reference, but you get it. Making the Pride issue...
Moment of Truth: You May Remember Coming out, but How Much Do You Think about the Moment You Realized You Were Gay? A New HBO Documentary Lets Real People Tell Their Stories of When They Knew
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVEN THOUGH HE SPENT nearly two years adapting it from Robert Trachtenberg's book, Randy Barbato still can't quite believe he's made the heartwarming documentary When I Knew, airing on Cinemax June 25. "I have to tell you,...
Patricia Cornwell: The Famed Crime Novelist Has Kept Us Spellbound with Her Fiction. Now She's Telling Her Truth-As a Happily Married Lesbian Who's Speaking out for Equal Rights
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING," says Patricia Cornwell, fixing me with her Carolina-blue eyes. We're sitting in the living room of a bird's-eye suite on the 53rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Manhattan,...
Patrick Dempsey
It's somehow fitting that his new wedding-themed romantic comedy is titled Made of Honor, because during a heated argument on the set of ABC's hit series Grey's Anatomy in 2006, Golden Globe--nominated star Patrick Dempsey reportedly defended his gay...
Rants & Raves
"I'm-a make you straight / Make you sweat / Just to see how funky you can get." --Shemar Moore of CBS's Criminal Minds, rapping to Ellen DeGeneres on her show, April 15 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "While I recognize that marriage equality in New...
Sally Kern: A Star Is Boring: What Happened When This Antigay Wingnut Was Exposed on YouTube? She Saw It as Her Big Break
THANKS TO YOUTUBE, anyone anywhere who does something idiotic can become famous whether they deserve it or not. Behold the Miss Teen USA contestant who mangled a question about maps; Chris "Leave Britney Alone!" Crocker; or hapless beauty queen Stacey...
Second Nature: Does the Gay Community Have a One-Track Mind? Three Activists Move beyond Sexual Identity and Find Their Greater Selves in Nongay Causes
WHEN WE FIRST COME OUT, MANY OF US ARE INCLINED TOWARD ALL THINGS GAY: gay friends, gay rights, gay pride. Like adolescents who have just discovered sex, we giddily cling to the culture--becoming schooled in the merits of circuit parties or revving...
Sticks and Stones: When This Lesbian Comic Uses the F Word, Friends Know She's Speaking with Love. but What about Her Son?
WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, I was in the marching band and a bit of a nerd, so was considered a "band fag." I always embraced the term as if it were one of endearment--like I was a member of a secret club. To me, the words "fag" and "queer" just meant...
The Believers: Three Years after the Furor over a Teenage Boy Who Was Forcibly Sent to One of Its Camps, the Ex-Gay Movement May Be Losing Steam. Meanwhile, Ex-Gay Survivors Are Gaining Strength. but Are the Two Groups Really That Different?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FEW WHO FOLLOW THE CULTURE WARS WILL FORGET the summer of Zach. In 2005 the parents of Zach Stark, a 16-year-old Tennessean, forced him to go to Refuge--a two-week day camp run by the Christian group Love in Action, which...
The Man Who Freed Wall Street
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 1994, WALTER SCHUBERT CAME OUT to become the first openly gay member of the then--notoriously straight white male New York Stock Exchange trading floor. It may not seem terribly long ago, but it was a time when few Fortune...
They're Here, They're Queer, and They Don't Need Us ... or Do They?
THE NEW GAY TEENAGER THE WARP SPEED AT WHICH GAY RIGHTS has moved in this country has left me--along with many LGBT adults--feeling hopelessly out of touch with LGBT youths. Two years ago I returned to my high school to speak about gay rights. I...
Unconditional Love: The Host of a Popular Christian TV Show Comes out of the Closet and Finds His Calling in the Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FIRST TIME that someone called me "gay," I was in kindergarten. I was at a young, impressionable age, and I was new to being around strangers. One morning I woke up to go to school, and I remember that everything around...
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