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The Advocate December/January 2018-19

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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TRACY E. GILCHRIST, who interviewed Keira Knightley and Chloë Sevigny this issue, is The Advocate’s first feminism editor. She writes about the intersections of women’s and LGBTQ equality and pop culture. Gilchrist also cohosts The Advocates, the 50-plus-year-old brand’s first podcast. She previously served Advocate’s sister digital properties Pride.com (as deputy editor) and SheWired.com, leading the site for queer women as editor in chief for eight years. (@TracyEGilchrist) Former Advocate news editor DAWN ENNIS, the first out trans staffer in a major TV network newsroom and first out trans editor at The Advocate, spoke to two up-and-coming artsts: Kaia Naadira and Ty Defoe. The native New Yorker continues her award-winning (including two Emmys) 30-year media career, hosting the YouTube talk show RiseUP With Dawn Ennis, and writing for a wide range…

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editor’s letter

I love end of the year issues, because they gives us a chance to look back at the best things that happened in the past 12 months. And, despite the political dumpster fire this year has been, there’s always something worth celebrating. In this issue, it’s our Best of 2018—an entertainers of the year celebration of sorts (see page 42). Since we completed the issue this fall, it’s too soon to say what the rest of the year will bring, but here’s who and what has impressed us so far. By the time you read this, we’ll be rolling out our Person of the Year feature on Advocate.com, one of the favorite pieces we do all year. You can argue that folks like Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Alex Azar, and Betsy DeVos…

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editor’s pick: associate editor desirée guerrero

Now on DVD and streaming, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a raw and revealing portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential women in fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood. However, the celebrated designer was famously unhappy with the final cut, because it didn’t include enough of her environmental activism. Visual artist and filmmaker Lorna Tucker says her intentions were to make an honest documentary about an artist, not a “propaganda piece” about Westwood’s activism, a topic the two butted heads over. Tucker, who still has nothing but love and respect for Westwood, takes the punk icon’s criticism with a grain of salt: “If it was anyone else I’d be upset, but with her, I’ll take it.” (VivienneWestwoodFilm.com)…

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what i’m loving now

THIS T-SHIRT. PrEP activist Damon Jacobs is sporting the smart, sexy “Shoot Loads” Tee ($30, AdamsNest.com). A portion of sales goes to Gays Against Guns. When pics from the NEW SHE-RA, by queer artist Noelle Stevenson, came out, some fanboys were hysterical. Kristy Puchko, managing editor of Pajiba.com, said it best: “The first images of Netflix’s She-Ra reboot have hit the web. And fans are divided. And by divided, I mean a lot of people are stoked, and some dudes have decided their boners matter more than the show’s intended demographic of young girls.” I was thrilled when Sugar Land (Red Hen Press) arrived. Author TAMMY LYNNE STONER wrote for me at Girlfriends and Alice magazines (two magazines I cofounded) when she and I were both little baby dykes. Sugar Land follows…

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the year of #metoo and the story you didn’t hear

This year, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements permeated all our lives. From the Women’s March to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, discussions about sexual assault, consent, and harassment reached the highest office in the United States. Previously accused of such behavior himself, it was little surprise that President Trump failed to launch initiatives to protect Americans from sexual assault or misconduct. Despite the ramifications survivors face for coming forward (public embarrassment, hate mail, death threats) they continue to rise and confront their abusers. Meanwhile The Advocate has been in the thick of things, reporting on stories that impact the LGBTQ community in particular. Queer activists have been some of the leading voices in this movement, particularly Rose McGowen (with support from partner Rain Dove). Like McGowen, out bisexual actresses Angelina Jolie and…

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a very sexy new year

Internationally renowned United Kingdom-based Warwick Rowers have continuously shared their brawn (and brains) to challenge homophobia in sports. And they’re not stopping any time soon. In a gay-straight alliance project that dates back to 2009, the Warwick Rowers—an all-male crew team at the University of Warwick Boat Club—team up with producer and photographer Angus Malcolm to create a fundraising calendar like no other. Each year, the team has chosen to tastefully bare all in their epic calendar that has gained the club global recognition (they deliver their calendars to over 80 countries) and enabled them to put together massive fundraising initiatives and public awareness campaigns. This year’s 2019 edition not only features the University of Warwick’s Boat Club, but also includes 2017 World Rowing Cup champion Robbie Mason (bottom on right) to celebrate…