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 March 16

A Family Fight: Will the Battle for Adoption Rights Get More Difficult as Same-Sex Marriage Advances?
Now more than ever, the battles for marriage and adoption rights for gays and lesbians are intimately interconnected. Three gay couples--from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland--were dealt a major setback on February 4 when a Richmond, Va., judge...
"All the Requirements of Marriage": A Long Island Man Continues His Fight to Have His Vermont Civil Union Recognized in New York Two Years after His Partner Died in a Hospital
Neal Conrad Spicehandler and John Langan cherished their 15-year partnership, sanctioned in a civil union ceremony in Vermont in November 2000, celebrated by 40 friends and relatives. Then tragedy struck. In February 2002, Spicehandler, 41, was injured...
Barred from the Games
For me, the most moving moment of the Sydney Gay Games in 2002 was during the opening ceremony, when the participants from India and Pakistan--two nations long at war--decided to walk together, hand in hand, into the stadium. This gesture showed that...
Bigmouth Strikes Again: Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart Seems to Be Channeling the Exquisite Angst of Morrissey on the Group's New CD
Fabulous Muscles * Xiu Xiu * 5 Rue Christine Anyone with any amount of gay-dar ought to pick up on the way-fey, Morrissey-like, tragic artfag pose--with a plush toy kitten--of openly bisexual singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart on the cover of Fabulous...
Bloody Crystal
As research for my current novel, I interviewed a West Hollywood, Calif., sheriffs deputy who told me a story that chilled my blood. Recently he and his partner responded to a complaint from a cab driver who couldn't get rid of a particularly obnoxious...
Crystal's Destructive Path: Gay Men Continue to Be Systematically Ravaged by the Deadly Drug as Officials Try to Stop an Epidemic
"It is hard for me to address this now, after the four years of hell it wreaked on my life," says Charles, 34, who was nearly killed by one of the most inexpensive and addictive chugs known to humanity. "I did not understand the science of addiction....
French Flop: The Always-Stunning Catherine Deneuve Can't Save This Limp and Unnecessary Retread of Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Dangerous Liaisons * Written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt * Directed by Josee Dayan * Starring Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Leelee Sobieski, Danielle Darrieux, and Nastassja Kinski * WE * March 15 and 16, 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific A moviemaker better...
Gay Wedding Bells for ABC? Set in Massachusetts, the Sitcom It's All Relative Could Be Network TV's First Series with Legally Married Gay Characters-If the Network Pops the Question
It's too early to say whether ABC's Boston-set sitcom It's All Relative--in which the daughter of an upscale gay male couple falls in love with the son of a working-class straight couple--will be renewed for a second season this fall. But it isn't...
Her Splendor: Gavin Lambert's Page-Turner of a Biography Captures the Magic of Hollywood Legend Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood: A Life * Gavin Lambert * Knopf * $25.95 "I first met her in the fall of 1956, when I was working as Nick Ray's personal assistant and living with him in his Chateau Marmont bungalow," Gavin Lambert notes matter-of-factly on page 220...
House Rules
Holy shit. I'm buying a house. I'm in escrow. A year ago I didn't even know what escrow was. It was too big, too grown-up a word, like amortization or triglyceride--nothing that would ever remotely pertain to the likes of silly gay me! I'm reckless...
If They Could See Me Now: The New Season of High School Reunion Features Daniel, Who's out, Proud, and Up in the Face of His Texas Classmates
For his high school reunion, he makes his entrance in a cowboy hat, tank top, barely-there underwear, and so-sheer-why-bother-wearing-anything pants. Call it the Revenge of the Gay Nerd ensemble. And it's all being televised, as the WB's hit show High...
It Takes a Fairy: Paul Rudnick's Hilarious Valhalla Explores Gay Men's Historical Imperative to Make Something Pretty
Valhalla * Written by Paul Rudnick * Directed by Christopher Ashley * Starring Peter Frechette and Sean Dugan * New York Theatre Workshop (through April 4) Science has more or less given up on trying to determine the origin of homosexuality, but...
Lesbians' Weight Debate: Research Shows That Lesbians May Face a Greater Risk of Heart Disease. but Are the Findings Skewed against Larger Women?
For Shira Stone, like many lesbians, sexuality and size oppression are tightly linked. "My parents thought I became a lesbian because I wouldn't be able to find a man," says the longtime "fat acceptance" activist and board member of the National Organization...
Life after Gay Marriage: What Happens Now That Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Get Hitched in San Francisco and Massachusetts? the Political Backlash Has Already Begun, but the Battle for Equality May Be Won in the Newlyweds' Everyday Lives
It may be hard to imagine in the midst of the same-sex marriage firestorm that's engulfing the country, but if the people who predict public opinion are correct, in another two decades gay men and lesbians will likely live in a world that won't think...
New England Nuptials? A Little-Known Law Restricting Marriage in Massachusetts Could Prevent Nonresident Gay and Lesbian Couples from Getting Hitched. Here's What You Need to Know to Get Married in the Bay State
Planning on getting married in Massachusetts? If you're not from the Bay State, you may want to check with your local gay rights group before buying your plane tickets. Years ago Massachusetts passed a law requiring out-of-state couples to provide...
Openly Bey: At 64, Master Jazz Vocalist Andy Bey Is out and Proud-And He's Just Made One of His Best Records Yet
"Jazz is not a music that everybody can get into. It's a music that takes time to hear," says singer Andy Bey. And he should know. Having begun his career at age 12, Bey has spent over five decades in a world that can seem like a private club, a world...
Reason Enough to Be Out
When people meet me they can't tell that I am a lesbian. They know me before they know my sexual orientation; thus I show them that those who are "different" are really quite the same. Because of this, I originally decided to attend ray high school...
Renaissance Woman: A Female Artist Finds Sanctuary in Marriage to a Gay Man in the Medici-Era Novel the Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus * Sarah Dunant * Random House * $21.95 Alessandra Cecchi is an ungainly girl of 16 with a passion for drawing. She has talent as well, "truth" in her eye and hand, according to the young painter her father has hired to decorate...
Return to Fabulous: Season 5 of Absolutely Fabulous-New on DVD-Marks a Return to Form for the Wonderfully Wicked Britcom
Absolutely Fabulous: Series 5 * Written by Jennifer Saunders * BBC America/Warner Home Video In trying to figure out why the fourth season of Absolutely Fabulous was so weak and why the fifth is so funny, a friend suddenly figured it out: "Real...
Snuffing out the Butts: Campaigns to Convince Gay Men and Lesbians to Ditch Cigarettes Try to Cut through a Long-Held Addiction
In the past year antismoking campaigns have grabbed attention in gay bars, coffee shops, and community centers throughout California's Orange and Santa Clara counties. One features a reformed smoker proclaiming, "I didn't survive gay bashing so I could...
Straight Cops' Gay 101: A Canadian Police Force Asks Heterosexual Recruits to Take a Crash Course in Being out and Proud
Last December, two men held hands and walked down bustling Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Canada. Never mind that they were in a liberal-minded neighborhood; onlookers still stared and whispered nasty comments. The couple sauntered past a construction site,...
The Outlook for HIV Meds: A Whole New Class of Anti-HIV Drugs Is on the Horizon, but Some Patients Are Running out of Time
For Jeff Getty, 45, lime is of the essence. The Joshua Tree, Calif., man was diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago and has tried every drug combination available since. But in his case, the virus eventually has become resistant to new treatment mad his medication...
Voodoo in the House: What Do You Get When You Mix a Voodoo Priestess Who Happens to Be Gay with a Passel of Mismatched Housemates? Mad, Mad TV
Hollywood voodoo isn't real," says Ta'Shia Asanti. "The whole sticking pins in dolls thing--I don't know any voodoo priest or priestess who would do harm to anyone." Asanti knows what she's talking about. She's an iya, or priestess, in the Vodun...
Why the Federal Marriage Amendment Will Fail; the Battle over a Federal Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage May Be Waged in Congress This Summer. but History Suggests It Isn't Going to Be Easy to Pass
Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, sighed in relief after President Bush's much-hyped interview on NBC's Meet the Press in February. Rumor had it that Bush would tell host Tim Russert that he supports an amendment...
Witchiepoo Made Me Gay! the DVD Reissue of a Gen X Classic Reminds Us How Very Queer H.R. Pufnstuf Always Was
H.R. Pufnstuf--The Complete Series Starring Jack Wild and Billie Hayes * Rhino Home Video * $39.95 "When those other hags see you, they'll eat their hearts out!" It sounds like a line that Karen might cackle to her boobs on Will & Grace, but...
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