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The Advocate

The Advocate

April - May 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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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor's letter

THERE’S THIS GREAT scene in The Paper, a 1994 film about 24 hours in the life of of the hardworking reporters and editors at a financially strapped New York City tabloid newspaper. The newroom’s top boss, Robert Duvall, tells a story of running up a huge restaurant tab he couldn’t afford with friends as a young man and then being unexpectedly rescued by Pablo Picasso. When his number two in command, played by Glenn Close, asks him for his point, Duvall tells her, “Well, the people we cover, we move in their world, but it is their world. You can’t live like them, Alicia. You’ll never keep up. Now, if you try and make this job about the money, you’ll be nothing but miserable, ’cause we don’t get the money—never have,…

3 min.
adopting was my destiny

I AM NOT a religious person. On a good day, I lean toward being an atheist, and on a bad day, I consider myself agnostic. (You just need to ask God what her deal is every now and again, right?) Still, I have always believed in some kind of intelligent design that is far too complex for humans to understand. I guess it’s the human in me to try and figure it out. When I was coming to terms with my sexuality, I often pondered the question of why some people—those like me—are created to partner with the same sex. The shorter, less inspirational answer that I could come up with was that it was nature’s version of birth control, or a sort of cap on population growth. The romantic in…

4 min.
homophobia is losing its power

Homophobia is not gone yet and probably never will be entirely. Racism, misogyny, and transphobia sadly remain with us too, and LGBTQ people remain under attack by Donald Trump’s administration. However, an encouraging takeaway from the primary election season is that appealing to anti-LGBTQ sentiment is no longer a winning political strategy in many parts of the country. The major case in point is that Pete Buttigieg managed to run a viable campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination as an openly gay man. Yes, he’s out of the race now, but the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., made his mark on history. Still, he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. He was criticized for his centrist ideology, for his troubled relationship with African-Americans, and for lacking national experience. But he won broad…

7 min.
my philadelphia story

The town filled the theater. If it wasn’t the whole town, it certainly felt like it. It was winter, in Provincetown, 1993. Crusts of dirty snow lined the parking lot, and it was the time of year when people didn’t leave their houses unless they had to. We were here for the first showing of Philadelphia, which was no small thing for a town that functioned as a safe haven for people with HIV and AIDS. While neither my boyfriend and I believed we were HIV-positive, many people in the audience had struggled with chronic illness, or with the deaths of partners and friends. And yet, in the minutes before the curtain went up, there was a jovial mood in the room. People were excited to be together in one place.…

5 min.
schock and awe

Former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock penned a lengthy coming-out letter to the public, which was posted to Instagram as well as his own website in March. In the letter, Shock expressed “regret” for not coming out sooner and detailed “a difficult and ultimately, now optimistic, journey familiar to many LGBTQ people.” This included being raised in a conservative religious household and, once arriving in Washington, D.C., at age 27, putting “my ambition over the truth, which not only hurt me, but others as well.” Schock also expressed no love for the media. He saw the frequent references of his Downton Abbey fandom, which he debunked as false, and “a dog whistle” about his being a closeted gay man. He added that any “opportunity [to come out] quickly vanished” after a federal investigation began…

2 min.
our stories

Mala Forever is an all female-led film and digital studio based in Los Angeles and NYC. The award-winning studio develops and produces films, new media, and commissioned work that “centers unheard voices,” as stated on its website. “We are redefining the future of filmmaking through equitable production practices, and our growing community-based platform is a cultural hub for the radical femme revolution.” Mala Forever cofounder, Nina Reyes Rosenberg, a mixed-race first-generation Mexican-American and Jewish woman, says there was a “very different media environment when we were younger, [in] the ’90s and 2000s.” “I think we’ve always known that there was a power in being able to share our stories and our experiences and our strengths and our hopes and our lives through imagery, through story,” Rosenberg says. “For us, that has looked…