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. 1051, September

Adoption Absurdity: How Can the Catholic Church Say It's Protecting Children While Throwing out Hundreds of Adoption and Foster Care Cases?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you ask the Catholic Charities officials in Illinois who have decided to limit their role or withdraw completely from the public adoption and foster care business, you'll likely get a pat response: The church should not...
Bad Rep: What Can You Do If an Ex Trashes You (by Name-With Photos!) on His or Her Blog?
KEEPING YOUR REPUTATION INTACT on the Internet can be tricky business. Even if your ex's blog has just one human reader, Google, Bing, Yahoo! et al. will still scour it and dutifully index every character attack, making those remarks no more than a...
Big Difference: A Uncomfortable Comparison between New York's Governor Cuomo and the President on Marriage Equality Underscores the Flaws in Obama's Leadership
Immediately after the passage of marriage equality in New York the comparisons between Governor Cuomo and President Obama began. Andrew Cuomo promised to pass a marriage equality bill during his election campaign and fulfilled the promise just about...
By Any Other Name
Since her 1995 breakthrough role in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, Rose McGowan has trumped up trouble and terror on television's Charmed and in films such as Scream, Jawbreaker, and Grindhouse. Now playing another witch in Conan the Barbarian,...
Gay by the Strait
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The sun shines bright on this 90-mile stretch of Mediterranean seaside villages that has been--for nearly three millennia--the summer playground for Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors, and Spaniards....
Not Just Milk Money: In a Curious Twist, Being "Single" May Ease Some of the Pain of Paying for College
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME has many college-bound kids in a state of excitement. Their parents might feel something more akin to panic. There's good news for same-sex couples, though: The fact that the IRS doesn't recognize same-sex...
Perfect Harmony: A Young Actress Makes Her Mark with a Stunning Performance as a Transgender Teen in the Riveting Drama Gun Hill Road
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE NEW FILM Gun Hill Road, which opens in select theaters in August, a macho ex-con (played by veteran actor Esai Morales) is released from prison after three years. He returns to his family in a tough New York neighborhood...
Reporter Imposters: Lesbian Bloggers Are Caught in the Crosshairs When Two Are Unmasked as Straight Men
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS like The New York Times and the U.K.'s Guardian followed the musings of Amina Arraf, the Syrian-American writer behind the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. So when her abduction in Syria was reported June 6...
Smells like Teen Spirit: A Teenage Lobbyist Fights for Gay Youth in D.C. and Wins over a Few Friends in High Places
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOT MANY PEOPLE get rewarded for their actions with an introduction to the president--even fewer would use that opportunity to ask the leader of the free world for a job. But that's what 16-year-old Caleb Laieski did when...
Soap Dish: In Venues from Soap Operas to Major Museums, Conceptual Artist Kalup Linzy Is Making a Name for Himself Even without the Aid of Collaborator James Franco
SECRETLY, KALUP LINZY wanted to totally queen out the second he spotted Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys. If the performance artist turned soap star had his druthers, he would have jumped up and down and squealed...
State of Affairs: With Circumstance, Her Sundance Award-Winning Debut Feature, Maryam Keshavarz Exposes a Suspense-Filled Love Story between Two Iranian Girls That Culminates in Unexpected Ways
"I'M NOT REALLY A POLITICAL ACTIVIST," Maryam Keshavarz says. "I'm an artist at heart." Maybe, but the 35-year-old Iranian-American director effectively combines the two passions in the bold, sensuous new drama Circumstance, which opens in theaters...
The Cuomo Evolution: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Talks about the State's Recent Marriage Equality Win, the Personal Reasons Behind His Leadership, and His Commitment to Keeping the Momentum Going
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GOV. ANDREW CUOMO wants to make one point very clear about the marriage equality victory in New York. "I was the governor, so I'm sort of the front person, win or lose," he said in early July. "If it had failed, I would...
The Fix-It Man: After a Leadership Crisis, GLAAD Does Damage Control
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The gay and lesbian Alliance Against Defamation often shines the spotlight on a media outlet that has been reckless in its handling of LGBT portrayals. By doing so, the organization can help rehabilitate the outlet's message...
The Innovators
FAR TOO OFTEN IT IS THE GAY CELEBRITIES WHO GARNER THE HEADLINES. BUT IN THE TODAY'S WORLD OF EVER-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY AND BOLD NEW FRONTIERS, THESE GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PIONEERS ARE REALLY MOVING THE COUNTRY ONE BREAKTHROUGH AT...
The Lambda Literary Foundation
Here's what BOB SMITH, comedian and author o/Remembrance of Things I Forgot, is passionate about this month. My brother nicknamed me "Bookworm" ("Worm" for short), so it's no surprise that supporting LGBT literature is a cause that makes my heart...
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