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The Advocate

The Advocate

July - August 2020

The Advocate has been the definitive news source for America’s LGBT community since 1967. Every issue, The Advocate keeps you involved and informed on everything that’s important to you in LGBT news, politics, culture and entertainment. You’ll enjoy our intriguing interviews with important gay and lesbian newsmakers, plus you'll enrich your life with our regular coverage of gay travel, finance, fitness, and style. Now available with the cool convenience of digital delivery. Now expanded with exclusive video and slide show in every issue.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Here Media
Periodicitat:
Bimonthly
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3 min.
editor's letter

ON JUNE 26, THE ANNIVERSARY of the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized marriage equality in the United States in 2015, and the day in 2013 when the High Court overturned California’s discriminatory Prop 8 and the long-standing Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a photo from a rally in West Hollywood appeared in Tracy’s Facebook memories (see above). The picture taken in 2013 was of co-editor in chiefs to be David Artavia, Tracy E. Gilchrist and our then-colleague Michelle Garcia celebrating those momentous wins for LGBTQ+ people. Little did we know back then that David and Tracy would eventually helm The Advocate together and that Michelle would move on to become such a leading voice in media at Vox, Vice, and our sibling publication Out before landing her latest position as the…

3 min.
guest editor's letter

TO ME, THE Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ rights movement are intricately intertwined. About seven years ago, when I was The Advocate’s commentary editor, I had been consumed by the case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was gunned down by a vigilante who thought this Black child wearing a hoodie looked too “suspicious” to be in his neighborhood and therefore needed to die. Martin’s young life, with all the potential ahead of him, did not matter. I didn’t have a son yet, but I looked at Trayvon and saw a son, a brother, a childhood friend. It enraged me, and yet looking back, I don’t know if I was really all that surprised. I saw a deep connection between Martin’s death and the murder of college student Matthew…

4 min.
meet the artist behind the cover

Tell us about the inspiration behind the cover. The inspiration comes from my deep admiration I have for the queer and trans people in my life, who know what it’s like to be marginalized and show up in such beautiful and profound ways for social justice, challenging the boxes that society tries to confine us all in. I am also particularly inspired by what we are seeing emerge on the streets in cities across the U.S. where Black trans women are taking the lead letting folks know that when we say Black Lives Matter, we must include all Black lives. It’s heartbreaking that trans Black women, in particular, are being murdered at a crisis-level rate. We as a society need to come together to build a safer world in which…

4 min.
parenting in a world gone mad

My son can’t play with toy guns. That was a rule from when he first joined my family as our foster child, and it wasn’t in place just because my husband and I had loaded firearms pointed at our faces in two separate, equally harrowing encounters. The decision to not have “blasters” in the house is a necessity—my son is Black, and he could be shot for holding one, especially by a police officer. The concern for his immediate safety wasn’t originally a concern at all when it came to toy guns, at least for me. As a small, white, blond, obviously gay man, I’m rarely seen as a threat by anyone, including cops. It was my dark-skinned Latinx husband who initially worried that our toddler could be murdered for playing…

4 min.
10 things to keep you smiling

YOU DIRTY BIRD Love Dirty is a new hand sanitizer that also moisturizes and protects your hands so they’re not dry or irritated. Created by Palm Springs, Calif.-based queer entrepreneur Jason Daniels, Love Dirty has a portable, sexy package that slips into your pocket seamlessly. Get rid of the basic plastic squirt containers and go for a more chic look perfect for any room. Who says you can’t be sanitized, sleek, and stylish? (LoveDirty.com, $13) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO Iconic all-female ‘80s punk-pop band the Go-Go’s have released their first new single in nearly 20 years, “Club Zero.” The catchy, call-to-action chorus joins the ranks of the band’s esteemed catalog of classics like “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat.” A live version of “Club Zero” is featured in…

5 min.
doom & gloom

Astream of stressful news is causing millions of Americans to check the latest developments via their social media feed, giving rise to the term “doomscrolling,” i.e. the act of continuing to scroll through bad news even though it’s disheartening or depressing. As protests against white supremacy and police brutality continue to loom over our news feeds, the impact of doomscrolling is becoming increasingly personal. For queer men of color specifically, the effects of mental health issues can be invisible and are often magnified by the impacts of status, competition, and racism within the LGBTQ+ community itself. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and led by John Pachankis, an associate professor of public health and psychiatry at Yale University, men from cultures…