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

Getting Personal

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

Getting Personal

Article excerpt

One of the greatest strengths of the Internet is the way it levels the playing field. Anyone can make a personal Web site and give their voice the same worldwide exposure as Focus on the Family or the White House. And today, it seems that everyone has a cool way to introduce themselves. Here are some of our favorites:

Christian McLaughlin, author of Sex Toys of the Gods and creator of MTV's Spyder Games, has a personal site awash with bizarre stories of celebrity encounters and a childhood of trashy Jackie Collins novels. Don't miss the "Unauthorized Shit List" section of http://www.christian-mclaughlin.com, where McLaughlin trashes the mean teachers that terrorized his formative years.

If the dishyness of McLaughlin's site is too much, visit http://www.geocities.com/distractiongir/, a low-key look at the tumultuous inner workings of an 18-year-old lesbian named Valerie. Explore the intimate site and its surprisingly insightful journal: Recent entries range from ramblings about working retail to touching and honest thoughts on friendship, love, and changing the world. …

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