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 October 29

AIDS and the Black Death: A New PBS Documentary Connects HIV and the Plague through People like Steve Crohn, Whose Ancestors' Immunity to the Black Death Has Made Them Resistant to HIV. (Television)
Few people can say with certainty that their ancestors had immunity to the black death that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages. New Yorker Steve Crohn can. What's more, the genes he inherited from those fortunate forebears may have made him largely...
Almond's Joy: Marc Almond Is Thrilled That Soft Cell's First New Album in over 18 Years Is No Exercise in Nostalgia. (Music)
Marc Almond blushes slightly when he thinks back three years to the first time he phoned former Soft Cell partner Dave Ball after roughly 15 years of musical estrangement. "I was quite nervous, actually," he says, stuffing. "It's hard to say why,...
A Man's Man: Sexy Leading Man Dennis Quaid Talks about Surviving Drama Club, What Went Wrong with Meg, and Playing a Married Gay Man in Todd Hayne's Acclaimed New Film, Far from Heaven. (Cover Story)
Some studio mogul or other once said that Clark Gable was a star because he was a man whom men wanted to be and women wanted to be with. Dennis Quaid exudes that same sort of easygoing appeal. Ever since he was discovered by gay director James Bridges...
Baby Bills: A Crop of Candidates from the Clinton Administration Could Add New Life to Gay Political Causes. (2002 Election Watch)
In his capacity as a senior adviser to President Clinton, Rahm Emanuel tangled repeatedly with David Mixner, a Clinton friend and gay activist, at one point deeming him "persona non grata" for publicly crossing swords with the president. Nearly...
Ballot Battlegrounds: As the Fall Campaign Advances toward Election Day, These Are the Races in Which Gay Issues Are Shaping the Fight for Votes. (2002 Election Watch)
With the war on terrorism and a looming conflict in Iraq, it might seem that gay and lesbian issues are the furthest thing from voters' minds as the November 5 general election approaches. But don't be so sure. Debates over workplace protections,...
Belle Toujours: Catherine Deneuve Sings and Dances and Kisses Fanny Ardant in 8 Women-And Talks about Her Relationships with Women Onscreen and off. (Film)
Catherine Deneuve smiles as she opens the door to her hotel suite, and there's just no way to be jaded about being in the presence of this legendary screen goddess. Attending the Toronto Film Festival in connection with gay director Francois Ozon's...
Bittersweet Charity. (Reader Forum)
I can't help but be saddened by the demise of Pallotta TeamWorks ["End of the Road for the Ride," October 1]. I was a participant in the first Twin Cities to Chicago AIDS Ride and was well aware, as were the people who supported me, of the cost...
Bleacher Bummers. (Reader Forum)
In response to your story "Hoops and Kisses" [October 1], I am totally confused by these "Lesbians for Liberty" who hold up signs that say LESBIAN FANS. My advice? Stop thinking that the New York Liberty couldn't live without you or that the Liberty...
Building Ford Tough: Allan Gilmour Left Ford Motor Co. after More Than 30 Years as a Closeted Executive, but Now the 67-Year-Old Is Openly Gay and Back at the Top of the Company. (Where to Work)
When Allan Gilmour, the retired vice chairman of Ford Motor Co., came out six years ago in the pages of a Detroit gay newspaper after nearly 35 years in the corporate closet, it was a decided victory, for gay rights advocates. It forced the business...
Can Matthew Win Votes? with a TV Spot Featuring Matthew Shepard and His Mother, U.S. Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon Becomes the First Major-Party Candidate to Use His Support for Gay Rights in Campaign Advertising. (Politics)
Four years after his murder, it isn't just gay people who remember Matthew Shepard. The blond-haired, blue-eyed young man is being increasingly cited and memorialized in places and contexts you'd never expect--such as the Miss America Pageant on...
Costume Drama: Photographer Fergus Greer Talks about Capturing the Bold, Pioneering Work of the Late Performance Artist Leigh Bowery. (Books)
He was a very big guy--somewhere around 6 foot 6, and in some of his outfits nearly 7 foot 6," says Fergus Greer, remembering gay Australian performance artist Leigh Bowery, who was his friend and collaborator. "He could be a very imposing figure,...
Cranky over Claire: Now out in a Special Anniversary DVD Package, Claire of the Moon Is Still Polarizing Lesbians after 10 Years
Claire of the Moon * Written and directed by Nicole Conn * Starring Trisha Todd, Karen Trumbo * Wolfe Video * $24.95 Ten years after its release, Nicole Conn's Claire of the Moon still gets lesbians talking and fighting. (You too have probably...
Down-to-Earthlings: With an Amazing Cast and Her Own Life to Draw upon, the Creator of Showtime's Upcoming Lesbian Series Earthlings Offers a Sneak Peek of How She Plans to Make It Real and Keep It Sexy. (Television)
Ever since Showtime premiered boy-a-licious Queer as Folk, gay girls have been asking, "Where's the lesbian version?" Showtime is coming up with what could be a very hot answer. It's called Earthlings, although the only earth it refers to is that...
Hetero, Homo, Bio. (My Perspective)
When I was growing up, my father was the ultimate ladies' man. After my parents divorced, he moved to Atlanta and rented an apartment in a "singles colony." With his open-necked shirts, gold chains, and visible tufts of chest hair, he attracted...
In Good Companies: The Advocate Adds 10 Firms to Its List of the Top Gay-Friendly Employers in the Country. (Where to Work)
By any standard, 2002 has been a challenging year. The nation is still recovering from the shock of last year's terrorist attacks, and the economy remains in the dumps. Nevertheless, there seems to be no slowing in the steady advances in workplace...
Innes's Impact. (Reader Forum)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to see ER's Laura Innes on the cover of the October I issue ["Woman on Top"]. I fell hard for Laura and her character (Dr. Kerry Weaver) the first time I saw her walk into...
Native Son: Arizona Activist Jack Jackson Jr. Has Championed Native American and Gay Causes for Years. Next Year He'll Have a New Role: Lawmaker. (Behind the Headlines)
Last year Jack Jackson Jr. successfully lobbied his father, a Democratic member of the Arizona state senate, to support a statewide gay rights bill that was ultimately defeated. Next year the openly gay Jackson Jr. will have a chance to vote for...
Pataki's Predicament: An Unfulfilled Promise Could Stand in the Way of Gay Support for the New York Governor's Reelection Bid. (2002 Election Watch)
Near the end of rousing speech to a gay political group shortly after last year's terrorist attacks, New York governor George Pataki delivered a surefire applause line. "America is the greatest place in the world," he intoned. "But once we pass...
Separate and Unequal. (Last Word)
Recently I went to three activities that made me marvel at the intersections of age, class, and race embedded in the broad phrase gay community. First, I saw a triple-bill all-ages show by queer-friendly girl punks Le Tigre and Thalia Zedek, emceed...
Still Dressed to Kill: Actor-Comic Eddie Izzard Talks about Cross-Dressing against the Nazis with Matt LeBlanc in Their New Film, All the Queen's Men. (Film)
Good luck trying to pigeonhole Eddie Izzard, the 40-year-old British comedian, actor, and transvestite icon. Known as much for his plum-red lipstick and painted nails as his surreal stand-up routines, Izzard has played a horny Charlie Chaplin (The...
The Lost Language of Crane: Greg Kinnear and Director Paul Schrader Talk about the Homoerotic Tension Behind the Bob Crane Biopic Auto Focus. (Film)
Paul Schrader's Auto Focus begins with Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) landing the lead role in an unlikely sitcom about Allied soldiers in a World War II German POW camp. When Hogan's Heroes becomes a runaway hit Crane becomes a household name--and an...
The Truth about Cats & Ferrets. (Frames of Mind)
I spent the summer far away from my wildlife-free San Francisco neighborhood in Toronto's trendy Annex in a charming coach house. It was ideal except for one thing. The fine old manses in the hood all had multiple points of entry for swaggering...
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