The Advocate

The Advocate

February - March 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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editor’s letter

I LOVE TO TRAVEL. When I was in grade school I would get on the city bus and just ride it as long as I could after school. When I returned, I never told my parents what I did. In high school, I evolved into taking long car rides on back country roads into cities bigger than my own. Today, I’m flying more than driving (though I still love an Amtrak trip across the country). If you look at my Instagram page you’d think I’m vacationing half of my life. But as my favorite Instagram artist @TheFemaleWarhol writes of social media: “The grass isn’t greener. It’s fake.” Honestly, I’m never on vacation. I haven’t had a trip I didn’t write about in over a decade at least. When I am…

big love

Children make a lot of excuses. They do a lot of judging based off of appearances. It’s troubling, particularly when it’s dinnertime. My youngest, Tristan, won’t eat meatballs for these reasons: They look boring, they’re not square, and they look like cooked zombies. Recently I was told the worst excuse ever—though it had nothing to do with food and everything to do with my oldest son, Titan, who is 7. “Miss Tiffanie,” my son’s best friend began one day while over after school. “I invited the boy down the street to come play with us. But he said he can’t be friends with Titan, because you’re a little person and he doesn’t like little people.” My heart sank. I made an excuse of my own to enter the kitchen, where I cried…

monster among us

The recent arrest and conviction of Reynhard Sinaga, a gay serial rapist living in the United Kingdom, has ignited heated discussions around issues of prejudice and discrimination in both Western and Eastern cultures. The 36-year-old Indonesian national was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration, against a total of 48 victims—making him the most prolific serial rapist in the U.K.’s history. Beyond the unfathomable effects this type of violent crime has on its victims and their mental and emotional health, what kind of global impact do such crimes have on the advancement of civil rights for immigrants and LGBTQ people worldwide when the perpetrator is from within these communities? Many activists argue that problem number one…

crime waves

According to data from the FBI, nearly one in five hate crimes in the U.S. are motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias. Of that number, 60 percent targeted gay men. Transgender women of color were most likely to be murdered as part of a hate crime. Additional research released by Transrespect versus Transphobia, a project of Transgender Europe, shows that over 330 trans and nonbinary people were killed across the globe in 2019 alone. An overwhelming plurality of reported trans murders happened in Brazil, totaling 130, while Mexico had 63, the United States had 30, the United Kingdom had one, and nine were killed across Europe. As 2020 begins, hate-crime deaths have not diminished. Here are a few that have happend prior to us going to press. Nikki Kuhnhausen The body of 17-year-old Nikki…

when harry met sam

Late last year, queer social media blew up with anticipation in response to Freeform announcing that Grey’s Anatomy’s Jake Borelli was slated to star in The Thing About Harry, a bona fide romantic comedy featuring two men falling in love. After all, despite the progress in LGBTQ visibility over the past few years—in films like Love, Simon, Booksmart, and Call Me By Your Name; and on TV, in Pose and Freeform’s own Good Trouble—an old-fashioned queer rom-com with missed connections and giant overtures has by and large eluded LGBTQ viewers. Borelli, who plays the sweet nerdy intern Levi on the long-running ABC medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, came out publicly in 2018. He’s the perfect guy to play The Thing About Harry’s lead character Sam, a witty, intellectual gay man who is forced into…

year of the queer

The annual, international LGBTQ photography competition, Round Hole Square Peg 4, will be showcasing work by queer artists with a special focus on transgender awareness, people of color, and underrepresented minorities. The exhibition will be judged by a panel of six jurors (Claudia Bartlett, Paul Bridgewater, Rubén Esparza, Danny Fuentes, Bert Green, and Phil Tarley) with proceeds from live art auctions benefiting Trevor Project and ONE Archives Foundation. Bartlett, director of Photo LA, and Chris Davies, publisher of Fabrik magazine and director of Fabrik Projects Gallery, will be selecting the artists in the competition for two special recognition awards. This year the exhibition debuted at Photo LA in January, and has now transferred to the City of West Hollywood’s Plummer Park Gallery until March 4, with a special opening and…