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. 1065, February-March

2013 Gayest Cities in America: Being a Great LGBT City Doesn't Just Mean Having a Raucous Nightlife, So If You Expected to See Hell's Kitchen or the Castro, You're Reading the Wrong List
ARE YOU SHOCKED that Los Angeles and New York didn't make the list in our fourth annual accounting of city life in America? Then listen up, honey. As much as we love fabulous soirees and mimosa brunches, there's much more to LGBT life than that. We...
Alan Cumming Has Never Been Better
George Arthur bloom lived in Brooklyn in the late 1970s, back when it was a rough-and-tumble area. He was inspired by a larger-than-life character everyone seemed to know, Rudy, who developed a fatherly relationship with, as filmmaker Travis Fine puts...
Almost Paradise
At 60 miles per hour the wind whips your face and the water crashes over you with such fury that it feels like you're on a rocket shooting atop the ocean-that's what it's like to Jet Ski through Mission Bay, an inviting inlet in Southern California...
American Horror Story: Fourteen Years after Boys Don't Cry, Director Kimberly Peirce Tells the Tale of Another Outcast, This Time with Telekinetic Powers
IT's no secret that director Kimberly Peirce became an overnight sensation when her debut film, Boys Don't Cry, about a murdered transgender man in Nebraska, became the most acclaimed film of 1999. In it she teased out an absolutely transformative...
Busy Work
After spicing up the cast on Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek, Busy Philipps brings sass and sunshine to the wine-guzzling gang in Cougar Town. Returning for the sitcom's fourth season, which begins January 8 on TBS, the 33-year-old actress reveals...
Caribbean Queens: St. Martin Delivers on Rum, Recreation, and R&R
Upon announcing plans for trip to St. Martin, a cultured colleague corrected my pronunciation and informed me that it's actually St. Marteen (with a long e sound and emphasis on the last syllable). As it turns out, both are correct, as the half-French,...
Coming out but Staying
Does New York need a gay hotel? No, but it works regardless THE ARRAY OF CHIC, LGBT-friendly hotels naturally makes one wonder, as I did, whether there was a need for a gay hotel in Manhattan. I wondered until the moment I checked into my room at...
Editor's Letter
Big changes are afoot. The Advocate, after several years away, is returning to the newsstand and will now be publishing bimonthly. Our media landscape is changing, and The Advocate has always changed with the times to offer our readership the content...
Eyes on the Sparrow: Out Chef Monica Pope Is Doing Her Part to Affix Houston to the Culinary Map
Though she's been a fixture on Houston's foodie scene for two decades, written a memoir with recipes called Eating Hope, and competed on Top Chef Masters in 2010, Monica Pope admits she didn't know what her next venture would look like when she closed...
Fighting Back in Brazil: Violence Mars Brazil's Ascendance, but Activists and the Government Take Action
Hosting the 2016 Olympics and emerging as an economic powerhouse, Brazil is headed swiftly toward a more prominent place on the world stage. But the country can't shake off an epidemic more indicative of smaller, often poverty-stricken nations: pervasive...
Here's to You ... Decorated Army Veteran Allyson Robinson Has Some Major Plans for the Country's Only Organization Dedicated to Serving LGBT People in Uniform
Allyson Robinson is a decorated veteran, an ordained Baptist minister, a working mom, and now the executive director of OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the recently combined advocacy organization for LGBT people in the nation's armed...
It's a Nice Place for a White Wedding: Why Couples Are Tying the Knot amid Rock Royalty at Hard Rock Hotels
When it comes to dream destinations for lavish weddings, tropical locales like Hawaii and the Caribbean are likely to top the list. But for those couples who want an elaborate special day befitting the biggest celebrity, the 16 Hard Rock Hotels around...
It's Pat! after Conquering Fashion-And Helping Turn Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Priestly into Cultural Touchstones-Patricia Field Plots Her Next Act
As designer and stylist Patricia Field is ushered into the administrative offices of the upscale Crystals at CityCenter, a glitzy luxury mall in Las Vegas, a small army of millennials encircles her, holding up clothes and asking her thoughts on everything...
Meet the Class of 2013
The 113th Congress has the highest number of openly LGBT members in the body's history, with six in the House and, for the first time, an openly gay senator. Each politico here brings something unique to the table. They're all Democrats, and all were...
Northwest State of Mind: Cosmopolitan Seattle: Come for the Same-Sex Weddings, Stay for the Food
NOW THAT WASHINGTON State has joined the marriage equality club, you may soon find an invitation to a Seattle wedding in your mailbox. If so, lucky you; it's the perfect excuse to visit the Emerald City and eat your way through one of the country's...
Orlando Cruz: Lord of the Rings: Coming out Certainly Changed Him, but Will It Change the Sport of Boxing?
WHEN ORLANDO CRUZ stepped into the boxing ring to meet Jorge Pazos on a Friday night last October, he had everything to prove. "I had to win that fight," says the fourth-ranked featherweight in the world, who had announced just two weeks earlier that...
Poppers Are Dead. Long Live Poppers: Is Alkyl Nitrite the Gay Peyote or Just a Vestige of a Different Time That We No Longer Need?
At a gay engagement party the happy couple discussed an upcoming announcement in the society pages and unveiled their wedding color scheme: evergreen and cream "to intimate freshness." In their kitchen I pulled an ice tray out of the freezer to find,...
Telepathy and Tap Dancing: The Gay Electronic Maestros Behind Matmos Used BDSM Supplies and Mind-Reading Experiments to Create Their New Album
IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY enough to the song "Aetheric Vehicle" on electronic duo Matmos' latest album, The Marriage of True Minds, you might be able to make out the sound of a kinky accessory jangling in the background. Matmos' Drew Daniel acquired a...
We Are Here LGBT Life in Uganda
Uganda's parliament is once again considering the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would prescribe the death penalty for many LGBT Ugandans and call for imprisonment of friends and family members who do not turn known LGBT people over to the authorities....
What a Mezzo: Life Hasn't Been Easy for Blind Opera Singer Laurie Rubin, but She's Got the Fortitude to Power Through
The mezzo-soprano, says opera singer Laurie Rubin, is "the soprano with balls." She giggles as she explains that mezzo-sopranos like her don't get to play the pretty young girl or even the damsel in distress with the "juicy, sad arias that make you...
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