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. 1105, October-November

All Genders, Period: These Innovative New Products Are Proving That Gender Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Sexual and Reproductive Health
Despite the fact that more and more people identify as transgender, gender-expansive, and nonbinary these days, there's still a noticeable lack of gender-fluid and gender-neutral sex and health products available. Currently, most products within the...
A NEW KIND OF FUSION: Chef Thomas Romero Uses Everything He Knows about the Human Experience and Turns It into a Delectable Dish to Appease All the Senses
Cooking was the last thing on Thomas Romero's mind growing up in Sacramento, Calif. Always one to look for opportunities to learn, his search eventually led him to Oakland, where he lived for seven years. It was only the beginning of a long road toward...
Arriba! Arriba! Experience the Merging of Tradition, Adventure, and Luxury in a New Mexican Getaway near Cancun
There is no greater sense of escape than when you're deep in the jungles of Mexico. All that exists are water, sky, and the warm sun penetrating your soul. You can feel the ancestors of Mayan villagers, who live in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador,...
A STAR IS BORN: Star's Amiyah Scott on Growing Up in the Ballroom Scene and Losing Friends to Transphobic Violence
After being forced to flee New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, transgender starlet Amiyah Scott moved to Atlanta. There she quickly made a name for herself in the ballroom community, where, despite still being a teenager, she quickly dominated the...
Editor's Letter
YOU PROBABLY KNOW that National Coming Out Day is October 11. I've written so many times about coming out in different ways: as a les-bi-queer girl; as the wife of a transgender man; as someone with an invisible disability; as a white-passing woman of...
EXPERIENCE ALABAMA'S COLORFUL HISTORY: These Five Mobile Hotspots Recognize the State's Black History and Celebrate Its Future
"It's complicated." Just about anyone who's ever been in a relationship has uttered that phrase at least once, but it's even more fitting when it comes to American history. The city of Mobile, Ala., founded in 1702, has existed under six sovereign flags...
Faking Hate: Regardless of How You Feel about the Jussie Smollett Case, Faking Hate Crimes Really Does Happen, Making It So Much Harder on the Real Victims
The hate crime had everything that makes generous, good-hearted citizens recoil in horror and brim with sympathy: a noose, violence, antigay and anti-African-American slurs, and some "this is MAGA country!" thrown in. But did it really happen? Empire...
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Losing My Cruising Virginity in Alaska
Gay cruises never held much appeal to me. I love abs, alcohol, and circuit boys as much as the next 27-year-old queer man, but I didn't think my body could handle seven days surrounded by throngs of thirsty men--I'd likely destroy my liver, my friendships,...
Goodbye Prison Blues: After Seven Groundbreaking Seasons, NetfLix's Orange Is the NewBlackls Ending
When Netflix dropped Orange Is the New Black season 1 in the summer of 2013, it changed TV forever. It was one of the first truly bingeable shows to air on streaming--literally altering the way viewers consumed content. But more than its powerto render...
HE DID IT HIS WAY: Famous Character Actor Michael D. Cohen Reveals He's Transgender
You make an important distinction, that not disclosing that you transitioned to everyone is not the same thing as being in the closet. People can get confused about that. I've never lived secretly. My transition's never been a secret. Have I chosen to...
Hey, I'm Just like You: 10 Things to Get You Through
(1) CRISS CRASH We're in love with the new cover of 1996 Dave Matthews Band mega hit "Crash Into Me," an unexpected duet by actor Darren Criss, star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and DJ-producer Steve Aoki. (2) TWO OF A KIND Musician Yungblud,...
Hot Hotels on Advocate.com: A Few of Our Favorite Places to Stay This Fall and Winter
Hotel Maya LGBTQ travelers have discovered what locals know: Long Beach, Calif's Hotel Maya offers a fun and affordable weekend by the ocean that's uniquely SoCal, fusing both Latinx and beachy Cali vibes. Hotel Maya is a waterfront hotspot across the...
HOUSE of the RISING SON
With a new co-authored children's book and newly strengthened bond, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown and son Jason Brown continue to show the world the true meaning of family. FOR ANYONE WHO knows Karamo Brown beyond his role as the warm, sensitive but strong,...
I Beg Your Pardon
Yvie Oddly doesn't care much about fame or mainstreaming drag. For this fierce performer, it's all about art. LOOKING BACK on all the winners of the Emmy Award-winning drag crossover hit RuPaul's Drag Race, it certainly is an eclectic crowd. But there...
INSTAGRAM STAR MURDERED AFTER COMING OUT AS BISEXUAL: Bianca Devins's Death Was "Celebrated" with Biphobia on Incel Sites and 4chan
IN JULY, 17-YEAR-OLD aspiring Instagram influencer Bianca Devins came out as bisexual as part of a Q&A with her followers. The next day she was murdered. Devins met Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, on Instagram and the two started a romantic relationship....
JUSTICE FOR GAVIN: A Federal Judge Rules the School Was Wrong to Deny Him Use of the Boys' Restroom
THE GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va., School Board violated transgender student Gavin Grimm's constitutional rights by denying him use of the boys' restroom while in high school, a federal judge ruled in August. The board violated Grimm's equal protection rights...
Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Why Halloween Is Basically a National LGBTQ Holiday
GIVE ME YOUR fearsome ghouls and your flaming gays, your slutty zombies and your zany queens, for it is time for Halloween. Halloween isn't just a holiday for LGBTQ people-it's an institution. But why? Sure, there are the obvious parallels. Many queer...
Our Chief Storyteller: Giving to HIV and LGBTQ Causes Is Just One Motivation for the Gay Tech Founder Behind the Unfold App
IT MAY BE Spain's number one app (beating out Netflix, Instagram, and YouTube), but that's not the only mission of Unfold. The viral app that helps social media users create engaging Stories on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat is also leading the way...
PUBLIC DANCER: Gay Vietnamese-American Ballet Dancer John Lam Hopes to Inspire Young People to Pursue Their Goals despite Cultural Taboos
JOHN LAM, the first Vietnamese-American to be a principal dancer with a national ballet company and a gay man, is out to inspire aspiring dancers. Lam, who dances with the Boston Ballet, premiered his first short film, Movement in Structure, this year,...
QUEER STORIES FOR KIDS: Trans Author and Legislator Lisa Bunker Shows It's Possible to Have Mainstream Children's Books with Positive LGBTQ Characters
New Hampshire State Rep. and author Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz and Zenobia July, aimed at middle school students, are both heavily populated with strong LGBTQ characters. Felix Yz (pronounced "Felix is") tells the story of a gay middle school boy fused with...
Rainbow Progress: This Activist Is Breaking Down Barriers Facing Asian-American LGBTQ Athletes
ASIAN-AMERICANS ARE the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, but they are still not reflected widely in sports, nor are there widespread support systems for Asian-American LGBTQ athletes to come out. Amazin LeThi has made it her mission...
#Sayhername
It's been another brutal year so far for Black trans women, in particular, so there are many to honor for Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. Founded by activist and journalist Gwendolyn Ann Smith after the 1998 murder of a Massachusetts transgender...
THE SIMPLE LIFE: Just in Time for the Holidays, a Few Tips on Scandinavia's Slow-Living Philosophies for a Good Life
From fast food to instant insurance quotes, Americans place a premium on speed. It seems only in retrospect we lament about not appreciating the time we have. Our addiction to the daily rush of life can blind us to the benefits of a slower lifestyle,...
THE TRAUMA OF LEAVING (OR STAYING) HOME: Two Brilliant Queer Black Female Authors Get Together to Discuss Race, Sexuality, and the Business of Surviving as a Woman in This World
Critics and readers have fallen in love with author Sarah M. Broom's ambitious debut novel, The Yellow House. The Whiting Foundation, which awarded Broom its Creative Nonfiction Grant in 2016, argues that the engrossing story--which covers 100 years...
TRACY FLICK FOR A NEW GENERATION: Out Actor Ben Piatt Is the Perfect Candidate for Netflix's the Politician, Which Highlights Queerness While Examining the Nuances of Running for Offices
Unbridled ambition collides with social liberalism behind the manicured hedges of Saint Sebastian High School in mega-producer Ryan Murphy's take on the political process in the satirical The Politician. Tony-winner Ben Piatt is Payton Hobart, an upper-crust...
When I Knew It Was Time to Come Out
MY FIRST CRUSH on a boy was on Brad in the fifth grade, though I certainly didn't know it was a crush at the time. It was the early days of the internet and he would print out porn pictures from his dial-up connection and bring them into school in a...
WHY I LOVE FAT MEN: The Singer Behind the Hit Song "Bears" Gives Us the Skinny on Fatphobia
Let's face it. Beauty is, in fact, skin deep. It's what we perceive of the surface. Nobody wants to be judged solely on how they look, so we tell ourselves and each other that we must dig deeper, find what makes us special, unique, radiant--you know,...
WINE COUNTRY ACROSS THE GLOBE: An Unexpected Surprise at a South African Boutique Hotel Makes This Gay Traveler Feel at Home Thousands of Miles Away
We had just spent the weekend in the Franschhoek Valley, located over an hour's drive from Cape Town, staying in a stunning little hotel that was best known for its restaurant. The days were spent in private tastings at different wineries and the nights...
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