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. 980, February 27

Against the "Gay House": A Shooting at the Home of Several Gay Men on Chicago's South Side December 31 Alarmed the Local Community-And Exposed Some Troubling Prejudice
For about 100 revelers at a packed house party in the early-morning hours of December 31 on Chicago's south side, 2006 literally ended with a bang. But it wasn't the shooting and wounding of six gay men at the predominantly black soiree that startled...
A Hero's Journey: Jenny Fulle Has Led a Charmed Life of Her Own Making-With Strength and Smarts, She Went from Preteen Legal Hero to Janitor to Power Lesbian Film Executive
When Jenny Fulle was 18 she scrubbed George Lucas's toilet. It was 1980 and Fulle was already a minor celebrity, half-remembered as the baseball prodigy whose determination forced Little League Baseball to allow girls to play. But Fulle's rubber...
All about Pedro: The Legendary Queer Director Is Getting the Auteur Treatment in a New Boxed Set of His Films. Stephen Rebello Takes a Look at His Life and Work
Pedro Almodovar is a natural-born moviemaker. At least that was my impression when I first saw the writer-director's frenetic, candy-colored, irresistible screwball farce Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown nearly 20 years age. Now thanks...
All on Eyes on Ellen: Our Favorite Trailblazer Already Has America at Her Feet-And Now, as the First Openly Gay Host of the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres Is Ready to Win Hearts All over the World
It should come as no surprise that Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the 79th annual Academy Awards. How could she not? With her warm. welcoming vibe and unparalleled comic timing, she's probably the best performer alive for the job But the occasion is no...
Big Gay Following: Paul Rudd: He's Been the Object of Our Affection since His Breakthrough Role in Clueless. Now, as the Friend In-Law and 40-Year-Old Virgin Veteran Takes the Lead in Two High-Profile Romantic Comedies, Paul Rudd Proves He's Still a Total Baldwin
This may be your gayest interview ever. Ready? Bring on the gayness! Do you think your relationship with Jennifer Aniston's character in the Object of My Affection may have given gay men's straight girlfriends a bit too much false hope? [Laughs]...
Bring on the Fence-Sitters: When It Comes to Supporting Our Interests, Most Players on the Early Slate of Presidential Contenders Are Neither Here nor There-Nor Anywhere. Here's Where They Sit on Our Gray Scale
DENNIS KUCINICH, U.S. representative form Ohio Supports just about every gay right imaginable and at a San Francisco press conference during the 2004 presidential campaign said that he believes same-sex marriage "is a fundamental civil rights issue....
Budapest Is One of Central Europe's Gayest Cities. and in More Ways Than One. as Communist Relics Harden into Cold Museum Pieces, the Hungarian Capital's Dazzling Cosmopolitan Past-Preserved in Stone and Gilded in Gold-Is Heating Up like Never Before
Cracked, soot-covered cherubs climb the facade of a huge blackened building, reaching toward trees that shoot out of decrepit turrets. It's not a public building, so though my guidebook identifies it as the once grand Gresham Palace, I move on. ...
Choose Your Own Way Gay Adventure!: The out Traveler's Second Annual Survey of New Escapes, Bright Ideas, and Hot Global Happenings Will Keep Your Gay Travel Agenda Crammed to Capacity
Here come the gays! When gay travel pioneer Hanns Ebensten--who passed away at the age of 82 last July---started the first gay tour operation in 1972, he felt obligated to "warn all hotels, bus companies, and owners of ships I chartered ... that...
Desert Beauty
Who says you have to sacrifice luxury to have a true outdoor adventure? Join us on five spring getaways set in the deserts of North America--from zooming in a mini convertible across Baja California to trekking through the high desert of New Mexico...
Don't Miss the Boat! Our Roundup of Upcoming Lesbian and Gay Cruises to Hop Aboard
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION GAY CRUISE DATES: February 14 to March 3, 2007 DESTINATIONS: Mexico, Belize COMPANY: Aquafest (800-592-9058, Aquafest.net) CRUISE TYPE: Mainly gay male group on large ship HIGHLIGHTS: Special gay Mardi Gras events,...
Dude, Where's My Ranch? High Up in the Rockies, Head Wrangler Joe Webber Promises to Show You the Ropes at the Powderhorn Ranch
Yes, you can be gay and be a big ol' bona fide cowboy. Take a gander at Joe Webber, head wrangler of Powderhorn Guest Ranch (800-786-1220; PowderHornGuestRanch.com), an 80-acre dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies that hosts not only family and gourmet...
Four More Spa Adventures: P.S. Isn't the Only Gay-Friendly Desert Destination Blooming with Earthly Delights This Spring
PALM SPRINGS THE ADVENTURE Joshua Tree is a world-class rock-climbing destination. The National Park Service offers information, maps, and free guides (760-367-5500). Uprising offers classes, private guides, and half-day climbs (888-CLIMB-ON). Backcountry...
Gay Passion, Gay Pride: America's Most Powerful Gay Magazine Turns 40 This Year. Join Us as We Count Down to Our Gala 40th Anniversary Issue-Because the Celebration Is for You
You could say The Advocate started when the cops pushed around one gay man too many. In 1966 the Los Angeles Police Department was raiding the city's gay bars at will, vandalizing the premises, arresting and roughing up the patrons. One man, Dick Michaels...
Gays Gone Wild: Ready to Shake the Winter Blues? Skip Those Straighter-Than-Thou Spring Break Bashes and Get Your Groove on with the Gays
FORT LAUDERDALE-MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA Bashes South Florida Pridefest, the state's biggest, hits Lauderdale March 10-11. Miami's sexy and sassy gay and lesbian film festival runs April 27-May 6. The sizzling after parties and cocktail mixers are...
Gays in the Ranks: Who Cares? about Three Fourths of Military Personnel Say They Would Be Fine with Serving Alongside out Gays and Lesbians. So Why Can't They?
Brian Fricke wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served as a sergeant in the Marines. So he joined the elite fighting corps in 2000. Fricke knew, even as a teenager, that to join the armed forces meant giving up personal freedoms....
Gray Matters
In lieu of personalities, the characters in the new film Gray Matters have lists. Lists of their likes and dislikes, their favorite films and foods, list upon list proffered so often that they seem to be filling out a questionnaire instead of making...
He Wrote the Songs: Prolific Gay Composer Billy Strayhorn-Who Penned Music for Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington-Finally Gets His Due in a New Documentary and CD
The new documentary Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life tells the story of a great love between two men. But it isn't a romance, and only the titular protagonist is gay. Billy Strayhorn wrote or cowrote several of the 20th century's greatest jazz and pop...
Hong Kong Cooking: Take a Wok around Asia's New Culinary Capital
Chinese emperors traditionally employed palace chefs from the Canton region (the area that includes Hong Kong), and for good reason. In China, Cantonese food is seen as the tastiest, freshest, and finest of all the country's regional cuisines. As Hong...
Lavender Lads Bartone Babes: Long before "Outing," Confidential Magazine Was Printing Gay Rumors about the Stars-Without Wrecking Careers. in Writing about the Tabloid, Samuel Bernstein Wonders: Was '50S America More Tolerant Than We Think?
I've got a giddy crush on Neil Patrick Harris--not in that way exactly. I'm more thrilled that spilling the beans hasn't affected his success as a roguish womanizer on network television. Millions of Americans now know he's gay and don't seem to care....
London Calling
Alright, Still * Lily Allen * Capitol If you haven't heard the buzz about Lily Allen yet, one can only assume you're still living in the dark ages of DOS prompts and dial-up. Since she started posting songs on her MySpace page in November 2005,...
Of Mice and Men: Actor and out Bon Vivant Alan Cumming Kicks off His Quarterly Travel Journal with a Joyride through Disneyland Resort Paris
I recently took three of my boyfriends, five Nazis, and a 60-something to the Disneyland Resort Paris. No, really! And we had the time of our lives. You see, I recently spent four months in London playing Max in the play Bent by Martin Sherman (he...
Patrick Sammon
The last couple of years have been challenging, to say the least, for the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans. President Bush came out in favor of a federal ban on same-sex marriage, forcing the group to issue a "nonendorsement" for president in 2004....
Peachy Atlanta
Whether it's all those blooming peach trees or all that Southern charm and hospitality, spring is in the air in Atlanta. Adding to it these days is the remarkable regeneration of the city's downtown area, with an incomparable new aquarium already pulling...
Safe and Sorry: When the Massachusetts Legislature Voted to Place an Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage on the Ballot, It Sacrificed Minority Rights to Appease the Majority
From the moment Massachusetts began allowing same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004, antigay groups have tried to put measures on the ballot that would amend the state constitution to ban it. Up until January 2, state lawmakers ignored such attempts, using...
The Key to Robert Wilson: His Brilliant Theater Defies Explanation-Yet It's All Based on His Life, How Did a Gay Kid from Texas Become the High Priest of the Avant-Garde?
Don't bother looking for Robert Wilson's gay sensibility onstage: The controversial queer king of avant-garde theater has built an oeuvre of works so surreal that parsing them for gay undertones is almost beside the point. Although he has certainly...
The Real Bangkok: Gaining Entry into the Ever-Evolving Thai Capital's "Boutique" Gay Scene
One the approach to the brand-new Bangkok International Airport, rice fields dotted with scattered temples and canals come into view. Nothing prepares you for the urban mash-up to come. Oozing tropical heat, teeming with some 10 million people, and...
Working Boy: Premier New York City Sex Columnist Grant Stoddard Explored America's Sexual Underworld and Lived to Tell about It
"I was shrink-wrapped in latex by a dominatrix. A 55-year-old woman was rubbing ice on my balls through the latex. I didn't want to do this. I was convinced I was going to die," says Grant Stoddard, the author of Working Stiff." The Misadventures of...
Your Gay Oscar Bash Is a Bore
You just read that headline and thought, No way, mine are incredible. But there's a nearly 100% chance you're wrong about that. I'm going to tell you why. First, your environment is all wrong. And by that, I mean I'm starving. I've latched on to...
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