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The Advocate

June/July 2019

3 issues FREE with your subscription (extra issues already included in the subscription) 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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Language:
English
Publisher:
Here Media
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contributors

SAM WHITE SWAN-PERKINS is a freelance journalist, musician, and pop culture fanatic who currently lives in Chico, Calif. His work has previously been featured in News from Native California, HuffPost, Powwows.com, and KQED Arts. When he is not writing, he enjoys attending punk shows, running amuck in the Bay Area, and finding ways to help his town rebuild after the devastating Camp Fire. LAUREL TUOHY is a Bangkok-based writer who focuses on unusual travel, culture, and lifestyle stories that appear in places like The Wall Street Journal, BBC Travel, and Vice. Whether traveling for work or pleasure, she usually sleeps in and misses the hotel breakfast. GERALD GARTH is the manager of programs at Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease (AMAAD) Institute, and former editor in chief of Chill, Pride Media’s start-up…

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the advocate

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Diane Anderson-Minshall EDITOR IN CHIEF Zach Stafford EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Neal Broverman DEPUTY EDITOR Jacob Anderson-Minshall MANAGING EDITOR David Artavia FEMINISM EDITOR Tracy E. Gilchrist COPY CHIEF Trudy Ring DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL VIDEO Allison Tate ASSOCIATE EDITOR Desirée Guerrero ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR Donald Padgett EDITORIAL INTERN Ashley Scheibelhut CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Charles Stephens, Tyler Curry-McGrath, Zachary Zane CONTRIBUTING WRITER Boris Abrams ART CREATIVE DIRECTOR Raine Bascos ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR Patrick Madison INTERACTIVE ART DIRECTOR Christopher Harrity ONLINE PHOTO AND GRAPHICS PRODUCER Michael Luong DIGITAL EDITORIAL VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT Eric Bui FRONT END DEVELOPER Mayra Urrutia MANAGER, DIGITAL MEDIA Laura Villela PRIDE, EDITOR IN CHIEFT Raffy Ermac STAFF WRITER, PRIDE Taylor Henderson SENIOR EDITOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS Jeffrey Masters PRODUCTION PRINT PRODUCTION DIRECTOR John Lewis CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Argus Galindo OPERATIONS OFFICE MANAGER Heidi Medina EVP, PUBLISHER Joe Valentino ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Paige Popdan ADVERTISING ASSISTANT VP, INTEGRATED SALES Stuart Brockington EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS, INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIPS Adam Goldberg, Ezra Alvarez SENIOR DIRECTOR, AD OPERATIONS Stewart Nacht AD OPERATIONS MANAGER Tiffany Kesden SENIOR COORDINATOR…

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editor’s letter

WHO READS MAGAZINES THESE DAYS? You’ve heard that question before, I’m sure. I hear it all the time, usually accompanied with a lecture about how “kids these days” do all their reading on their phones. The thing is, that’s not universally true. I’m reminded of that every time we get the kind of phone call we did last week—from a teenager in a small Midwest town who felt all alone until he discovered a print copy of The Advocate at his local library. I don’t know why he didn’t find comfort on YouTube or through the queers of Instagram or on Advocate.com, but I do know that he reached out, feeling all alone, wanting to find connection through our pages. Finding community is only one reason why magazines rule. At Mr.…

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readers talk back

In “Are Queer People Making Marriage Better?” (May/June 2019) editor in chief Zach Stafford (above) posits consensual nonmonogamy is key to changing the institution. A 2005 study showed more than 40 percent of gay couples were openly nonmonogamous (vs. fewer than 5 percent of lesbians and heterosexuals), but it was gay men who responded the most to Stafford’s piece. Here’s a few (read more at bit.ly/qrmrgbtr): MARK LASTRA If you are not going to be monogamous why get married? We have been faithful for 35 years. Neither one of us wants it any other way. JERRY BREAULT Each relationship is unique. I won’t tell you how to run your relationship. In return, don’t tell me my more traditional version is less valid. JORGE MORALES To each to their own. How about stories of…

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the crown

The world’s most famous transgender pageant, Miss International Queen, has been drawing contestants from around the globe to Thailand for the last 15 years. This time, the pageant made history by honoring its first winner of African descent. Miss USA Jazell Barbie Royale, a passionate full-time HIV awareness advocate from Orlando, took home the crown and gained a valuable platform for furthering her mission. First runner-up and second runner-up (pictured above) were Miss Thailand, Kanwara “Esmon” Kaewjin and Miss China, Yaya, respectively. This year’s theme was World Equality, and the pageant saw 20 semifinalists representing countries such as Canada, Peru, Brazil, and Vietnam. Royale, 31, became emotional when she heard her name. Just 24 hours earlier, as The Advocate chatted with her over a Thai lunch in the seaside town of Pattaya,…

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madam mayors

this spring, several out lesbian mayoral candidates made history in sizable U.S. cities. The big prize was Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, which is now the most populous American municipality ever to have an out LGBTQ mayor after Lori Lightfoot’s groundbreaking victory. Beyond being the Windy City’s first queer mayor, she is also only the second female mayor and third African-American to hold the position. (Read more about Lightfoot in our annual Champions of Pride section, which begins on page 50.) Madison, Wis., also saw a major victory when lesbian Satya Rhodes-Conway became the first out gay mayor in Madison city history, beating incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin. The state’s capital is home to the main campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is known for its progressive politics. It’s also…

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