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 30

A Gay Old Divorce: Want the Full Rights of Marriage? Get Ready for the Full Cost of Divorce: From $1,000 to $100,000 to ... Well, the Sky's the Limit
Jack Venzer and Joseph Barri disagree about a basic detail of their relationship. Venzer says it lasted 20 years Barri says 18. But they agree on one fact: Their breakup was nasty. Venzer, 49, who describes himself as a stay at-home "classic 1950s...
A Mother's Pain and Defiance: Sylvia Guerrero, Mother of Slain Transgendered Youth Gwen Araujo, Faces the Trial of Her Daughter's Accused Killers with Anxious Resolve
When 17-year-old transgendered youth Gwen Araujo was bludgeoned and strangled to death by three men who discovered she was biologically male at a party in October 2002, her death took a heavy toll on her mother, Sylvia Guerrero. A former legal assistant,...
Civil Marriage, Civil Rights
The uproar over same-sex marriage is the greatest, thing to happen to the Republican Party since Richard Nixon's handlers perfected the art of demonizing the black underclass in 1968--a strategy that helped the Republicans win five of the next six...
Coming on the L Word
On Super Bowl Sunday, hereafter known as National Wardrobe Malfunction Day, we had the gals over to watch the game. Despite the halftime bodice-ripping and the odd completed pass, the first real tension at the party arose when one of our guests pointed...
Culture Clunk: The Stendhal Syndrome Artlessly Revives Two Terrence McNally Playlets about Our Reaction to Art
The Stendhal Syndrome * Written by Terrence McNally * Directed by Leonard Foglia * Starring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas * Primary Stages, New York City (through March 27) Hollywood screenwriters get big bucks for churning out dialogue...
Digging out of Debt: For Gay People, Especially 20-Somethings, Getting Ahead Financially Can Be Painful. Here Are Three First Steps
At first glance, openly gay New Yorker Jason Courson, 26, rakes in a pretty good living: $42,000 per year at a design job that's boosted by an extra $15,000 from bartending. But he can count on sizable expenses that come with living in one of the...
Finely Aged Indigo: The Indigo Girls Return to Their Vintage Sound-While Keeping It Fresh-On Their Terrific New CD
All That We Let In Indigo Girls * Epic The musical tastemakers have never known quite what to make of the Indigo Girls, unapologetically gay women with unyielding idealism and an imperviousness to fashion and musical trends. As forerunners of third-wave...
Gavin's Gay Gamble: Mayor Gavin Newsom Makes San Francisco a Mecca for Gay Marriage. What Was This Straight Guy Thinking?
There is no doubt that in the weeks since San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, he has become something like a rock star to many gay men and lesbians. The hunky 36-year-old Newsom--who is...
Gay in the Navy: Openly Gay Troops Who Fought in the Iraqi War Say They Were Accepted in Their Units. They Wonder Why the U.S. Still Has "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
In February 2003 openly gay Royal Navy lieutenant Rolf Kurth, 37, was in the Persian Gulf helping the international coalition of forces invade Iraq. In February 2004 the British man accepted a vastly different but no less stressful mission to Washington,...
Happy? Go Lucky: Melissa Etheridge's Joy over Her Love Life Shines through Just about Every Track on Her Latest CD
Lucky * Melissa Etheridge * Island From the opening line, "I want to see how lucky Lucky can be," the tone of Melissa Etheridge's eighth and arguably most radio-friendly studio album is set: It's hopeful, upbeat, and downright happy, in sharp contrast...
Legally Wed in Colorado, 1975: Pioneering Gay Couple Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams Didn't Just Get Legally Married 29 Years Ago; They Stood Up and Demanded to Be Recognized
AS they watched the thousands of same-sex couples line up at San Francisco's City Hall in February, Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams couldn't help but feel that the past had finally caught up with them. "I would like to give every one of those couples...
Log Cabin Fever: The Nation's Largest Gay Republican Organization Says Bush's Call for a Constitutional Marriage Ban Has Only Strengthened Its Resolve
Do gay conservatives still have a place in the Republican Party after President Bush's February 24 endorsement of a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage? Absolutely, says Patrick Guerriero, head of the gay group Log Cabin...
Marry Me and Save: Gays and Lesbians Who Can Legally Marry in May Could Enjoy a Financial Boost
Gary Chalmers and Richard Linnell of Northbridge, Mass., celebrated their anniversary at Disneyland, cried on daughter Paige's first day of kindergarten, and watched her fret over what to wear for her first middle-school dance. But after 15 years together,...
Sparks on Fire: He's Angry with the President. He's Tired of Being Misunderstood. and He's Ready for Another Season of Making out with Robert Gant. Queer as Folk Star Hal Sparks Lets Fly with an In-Your-Face Interview
Michael Novotny, the protagonist of Showtime's Queer as Folk, is so convincingly mousy that you forget he's fictional--until you meet the man who plays him. When I greet Hal Sparks, he's carrying a Chinese sword. It's his own, not some fake from a...
Stronger Than Ever: Cult Dance Princess Kristine W Whipped Leukemia on Her Way to a Triumphant New CD and Tour. Next Stop: Dinah Shore Weekend
"My mother said, 'Well, your first two albums were called Land of the Living and Stronger. You wrote the words. Now it's time to walk the walk,'" explains dance diva Kristine W. She's talking about her three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia,...
The Gamblers: Guinevere Turner and Kevin Smith on the Long, Strange Decade It's Been since the Premiere of Go Fish and Clerks
The 1994 Sundance Film Festival featured two low-budget, salty-dialogued comedies that would forever change the face of independent cinema. Rose Troche's Go Fish--starring and cowritten by breakout star Guinevere Turner--was the sassy, sexy, irreverent...
The Wonder of It All: Two Gay Creators and a Bitterly Funny Lesbian Character Make Wonderfalls Queer Must-See TV
TV writer Bryan Fuller still remembers the moment 2 1/2 years ago when his agent called to tell him that award-winning director Todd Holland (Twin, Peaks, The Larry Sanders Show, Malcolm in the Middle) had read his work and wanted to meet him. "I was...
What Can You Do?
Fired up about President Bush's endorsement of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage? Want to know how to help stop the president and his far-right cronies? Go ahead and write your congresspeople--but then take it a step further,...
Winning It All
As a person who has had a same-sex wedding, I have followed the marriage debate closely. As a former Boston resident and ongoing Red Sox fan (even post-A-Rod debacle), I have noticed an interesting parallel between hometown baseball and the same-sex...
You Can't Take It with You. Why It's Never Too Soon to Get a Will and an Estate Plan
For gay men and lesbians, setting up a plan to divide their worldly assets once they kick the bucket ranks right up there with a trip to the dentist. But now's the time to sit down with a lawyer, regardless of your age, your relationship status, and...
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