Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Angels at the Advocate

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Angels at the Advocate

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THIS MAGAZINE WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT WHEN I ARRIVED FOR A JOB INTERVIEW IN 1993. The offices were musty rabbit warrens, mismatched desks shoved together and everybody in everybody else's face. The editor in chief quizzed me from behind a pine desk with a shaky leg. Afterward, I stopped across the street and communed with Judy Garland's footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. She brought me gay luck, and I got the job.

Everybody brought their dogs to work. There weren't enough computers to go around. In the back of the room where I sat, cordoned off behind a makeshift screen, the news editor brooded on a sagging couch. Through his and other editors' conversations-usually heated-I learned the ABCs of the gay movement.

AIDS stalked us. One of the staffers I loved most had to give up his job when his T cells dropped to nothing. For his farewell gift a coworker and I bought him a red feather boa from Frederick's of Hollywood. Nobody imagined that he'd regain his health thanks to the protease cocktail and that today, he'd be handsomer than ever and working down the hall from me all over again.

For a lot of years, nobody would return our calls. …

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