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 November 12

35 Years of Cruising. (Notes from a Blond)
Thirty-five years ago a gay cruise meant a stroll through the rotting docks on the Hudson River, hoping you would find true love and not simultaneously plunge through a floorboard into the icy depths below. Now those piers have been replaced by...
Act Up March 1987: New Yorker Maer Roshan Writes about the Early Days of the Groud That Redefined Street Activism. (Bold Beginnings)
Had Nora Ephron not fallen ill on March 10, 1987, it's safe to say that the course of gay rights may have been set back by at least 10 years. But as it turns out, hours before she was to address an overflow crowd at New York's Lesbian and Gay Community...
After the Beathing: Would Faster Reporting of the Gay Bashings in West Hollywood Have Helped to Prevent Further Attacks There? (Community)
For Trev Broudy, 33, and Edward Ulett, 22, the night of September I passed innocuously enough. As new friends, the two of them spent the evening at Broudy's apartment on Cynthia Street in West Hollywood, Calif.--just hanging out, talking, and joking...
America Online December 1997: The Internet Reshaped How Gay People Interact. It Also Put at Risk the Navy Career of Officer Timothy McVeigh. (Safety in Numbers)
Since the mid 1990s, America Online has led the Internet revolution that has opened vital new lines of communication for lesbians and gays. E-mail, chat rooms, and instant messages have made it a snap for gays to make contact privately and without...
Andrew Cunanan July 1997: A Serial Killer Who Is Gay Ignites a Firestorm of Twisted Media Reports and Assassinates out Designer Gianni Versace before Killing Himself. (Gods & Monsters)
"I will never forget that summer," says Cathy Renna, news media director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Renna is referring to 1997, when Andrew Cunanan murdered five men, including fashion designer Gianni Versace on July 15....
A New Home for HRC: The Eight-Story Building, Once the Target of a Terrorist Attack, Will Be Washington, D.C.'S Most Visible Gay Headquarters. (Community)
The history of the B'nai B'rith building in Washington, D.C., might have been enough to scare the nation's largest gay and lesbian political organization from making it the group's new headquarters. In 1977 six Muslim terrorists took the eight-story...
Anita Bryant January 1977: The Enactment of a Gay Rights Law in Miami-Dade County Mobilizes the Ex-Beauty Queen's Antigay Campaign-As Well as Gays Nationwide, Including San Franciscan Armistead Maupin. (Gods & Monsters)
I actually read about Anita Bryant's Save Our Children campaign to overturn Miami's gay rights law directly from the news wires. It was quite clear to me that this campaign was going to have a galvanizing effect on the gay movement. There's really...
Barney Frank May 1987: U.S. Representative Barney Frank Remembers When He Became the First Congressman to Come out on His Own. (Rebels & Pioneers)
Reaction to my coming-out helped me grasp two important points. First, most Americans aren't homophobic; they just think they're supposed to be. Second, concealing our sexual orientation helps keep straight people ignorant of the personal and social...
Bill Clinton November 1997: Clinton Adviser Richard Socarides Marks the First Time a Sitting President Addresses a Gay Rights Group. (Changing Perceptions)
For me, the moment came at 8:52 P.M. on November 8, 1997, when President Bill Clinton took to the podium at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C., at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala dinner. By doing so, he became the first president...
Birth of AIDS Activism January 1982: Larry Kramer Was among the First to Make on the Growing Health Crisis. (Rebels & Pioneers)
It was already dark outside at 6 P.M. January 12, 1982, when six friends huddled over the round coffee table in the Washington Square living room of New York writer Larry Kramer. The group had been meeting every two weeks for the previous seven...
Born Again. (Reader Forum)
Twenty-six years ago, when I became a born again Christian, my family welcomed me, neighbors embraced me, and friends accepted me with open arms and open hearts. In reality, nothing changed other than I began attending church. Eight years ago,...
Bowers V. Hardwick June 1986: Everyone Involved, Including Evan Wolfson, Was Shocked When They Lost the Groundbreaking Supreme Court Case. (Gods & Monsters)
It was early on the morning of June 30, 1986, when my friend Roz Richter (formerly managing attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, now a New York judge) phoned to give me the bad news: We had lost the Bowers v. Hardwick case. Roz called...
Conscientious Objectors: Yale University Sparks a Protest When It Joins the Growing List of Schools That Are Letting Military Recruiters Back on Campus. (Behind the Headlines)
Yale University is known as one of the gay-friendliest schools in the country, a reputation reinforced by its declaration October 1 that it would challenge the reemergence of military recruiters at its law school. Like many law schools, Yale's has...
Ellen DeGeneres April 1997: Ellen's Star Comes out, Instantly Creating the First Gay-Centered Sitcom and Inspiring Those Who Would Follow, Including Queer as Folks Robert Gant. (Telling Our Stories)
My first speaking role on television, other than commercials, was in 1994 on an ABC show that had just gotten picked up for a full season. It had been on for 11 episodes with the title These Friends of Mine, and they had just changed the name. So...
Happy Birthday to Us. (Letter from the Editor in Chief)
Whenever I've casually mentioned to anyone that The Advocate is 35 years old this year, I'm surprised to find that the conversation skids to a halt. There's either a gasp, a "How can that be?" or a just plain "No way." And I understand why. When...
Lance Loud January 1973: The PBS Documentary Series an American Family Introduces Viewers to Their First Unashamed Gay Person. Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond Recall Television's First Queer Youth. (Rebels & Pioneers)
Susan Raymond: The first time we met Lance we turned on the cameras, walked into the door of his room at the Chelsea Hotel, and just started shooting. Didn't even say hello. Alan Raymond: We were told by [producing station] WNET that he was "a...
Longtime Companion May 1990: Craig Lucas Recalls the Long Road to Getting Longtime Companion to Its Theatrical Debut. (Justifying Our Love)
What I remember most about the making of Longtime Companion is not the struggle we had to find name actors nor all the reasons they gave for turning us down; it is not the battle we had with the Fire Island Pines Property Owners' Association to...
Making Love February 1982: Writer Barry Sandler Recounts the Crafting of a Gay Love Story That Somehow Got Made by a Hollywood Studio. (Justifying Our Love)
Like most gay men, I grew up at the movies. In the `60s that meant being battered by images of gays as freaks, psychopaths, suicides, and swish jokes. The message was clear: Being a homo was bad; having those feelings was sick. Movies have the power...
Maurice October 1971: David Leavitt Measures the Impact of E.M. Forster's Passionate Novel of Gay Love, Published after His Death. (Justifying Our Love)
Although he had written Maurice in 1913 and 1914 (and dedicated it "to a happier year"), E. M. Forster would not allow the novel to be published during his lifetime. His reasons were various. First and foremost, to publish an explicitly homosexual...
Melissa Etheridge January 1993: No Orchestrated Coming-Out for This Rocker. She Just Says, "Yes I Am". (Rebels & Pioneers)
Gays and lesbians everywhere know that Melissa Etheridge came out at the Triangle Ball, the historic gay and lesbian gala in honor of Bill Clinton's inauguration sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and...
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival August 1976: The First Michigan Festival Changed a Lot of Lives, but It Wasn't All Tofu and Tambourines for Alison Bechdel. (Safety in Numbers)
Soon after I came out in 1980, I went with my girlfriend to something called the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival--the fifth time that "womyn" had gathered for four or five days in an outdoor compound two hours outside of Grand Rapids, Mich. I had...
Out and in Harm's Way: The Stabbing of Paris's Gay Mayor Has Some People Asking Whether Openly Gay Politicians Are at More Risk for Attack. (Politics)
"I want Paris to take risks," the city's openly gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, said on October 5. "Otherwise, how is it going to become an international city to attract lovers of freedom and pleasure?" Just seven hours after making the statement,...
Personal Best February 1982: Mariel Hemingway Looks Back on Her Iconic Role as a Young Track Star in Love with a Female Teammate in This Athletic Coming-of-Age Tale. (Justifying Our Love)
Lesbian movie fans still talk about Personal Best for its gloriously frank sex scene between Hemingway and real-life Olympic hurdler Patrice Donnelly. "It was a powerful movie on many levels," says Hemingway. "I mean, I grew up on that film. I ...
Pink Flamingos November 1972: John Water's Trailer-Trash Masterpiece Flabbergasts an Unsuspecting Nation and Launches the Career of Indie Darlings Divine and Mink Stole. (Bold Beginnings)
Part of the legend of Pink Flamingos is that those of us in front of the camera were non-pros. Hah! I say. We may not have been classically trained, and God knows we had no union, but we worked as hard as any Hollywood actors--and under worse conditions...
Reevaluating Reinfection. (Last Word)
For a long time one mystery about HIV transmission was just that: a mystery. Could someone already infected with HIV get reinfected with a different strain that would make treatment more difficult? The reason this was hard to prove was quite simple:...
Rock Hudson July 1985: Liz Smith on Her Friend Rock, Who by Acknowledging His Illness Put a Face on the Aids Crisis for His Fans All over the World. (Changing Perceptions)
Rock Hudson had AIDS! What a concept. I knew Rock long before this happened and became an international scandal in 1985 [Hudson revealed his AIDS diagnosis in July of that year and died October 2]. In the early `50s, when I lived down in Greenwich...
The 1987 March on Washington October 1987: The Largest Gay Gathering to Date Brings Unprecedented Visibility-And Gives Mel White His First Chance to Be out. (Safety in Numbers)
Thirty-five is a number of particular significance to me because for 35 years I was a victim of antigay teachings by religious leaders who believed that gay people abuse children and undermine civilization. Conservative clergy had caricatured and...
The AIDS Memorial Quilt October 1987: Quilt Creator Cleve Jones Recounts the Inspiration for the Most Eloquent Memorial to Lives Lost to AIDS. (Telling Our Stories)
On November 27,1985, my friends and I marched along Market Street in San Francisco to honor Harvey Milk and George Moscone. We did this every year, but this time, with the AIDS crisis in full swing and the government still doing nothing about it,...
The APA Decision December 1973: Declassification of Homosexuality as an Illness, Charles Kaiser Argues, Was the Gay Movement's Most Revolutionary Moment. (Bold Beginnings)
The best day of the 20th century for every lesbian and gay man in America was December 15, 1973: the day the board of the American Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders. It...
The Boy Scouts June 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules against James Dale in His Suit Seeking to Overturn the Boy Scout's Antigay Policy. (Gods & Monsters)
News of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision supporting the Boy Scouts of America's policy of excluding gay members and scoutmasters first reached me via AM radio in New York. In an instant my hope was lost. A few minutes later I approached the front...
The Metropolitan Community Church October 1968: Steve Gunderson Recalls the Founding of the First Chirstian Church Ministering Specifically to Gays. (Safety in Numbers)
Ten years ago, as two of my closest friends battled the AIDS virus, they asked if I knew a pastor who would be willing to serve them "When the inevitable happens." Even worse than the scourge of their disease, as they lay dying they had experienced...
The New York Times December 1990: Michelangelo Signorile Reports How an Editor's Seizure Marks a Turning Point for the Newspaper of Record. (Changing Perceptions)
On December 21, 1990, Jeff Schmalz, an assistant national editor at The New York Times, had a grand mal seizure in the paper's newsroom. Horrifying as it was, the event marked a turning point for Schmalz, for the nation's newspaper of record, and...
Torch Song Trilogy June 1982: The First Tony-Winning Smash to Focus on Gay Lives, Warts and All, Opens the Door for Future Gay Projects and for out Playwrights Such as Charles Busch. (Telling Our Stories)
Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy was a theatrical phenomenon that defied all odds. Who could have imagined that a nearly four-hour comedy-drama about a warm-hearted drag queen's creation of a surrogate family would run three years on Broadway?...
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