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The Advocate February/March 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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VIC GERAMI says, “Italy’s Lake Como region is one of the most spectacular destinations I have visited—breathtaking scenery, spectacular landmarks, and LGBT friendly locals.” (Discover more on page 48.) Editor of The Blunt Post, Gerami has written for numerous publications including Frontiers Magazine, L.A. Weekly, WeHo Times, and The Pride L.A., and won the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award in 2017. MILES W. GRIFFIS is a travel and adventure writer “in an open relationship with the American West.” He writes about Thailand (page 54), a place where Griffis says the “locals smile as wide as the cyan horizons of the Andaman Sea.” He’s hoping to one day trek the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and return to South America in search of the legendary Andean cock-of-the-rock. Griffis…

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editor’s letter

CRAZY RICH ASIANS may have just been a blockbuster to some fans, but as director Jon M. Chu told an audiences of Asian-Americans in Hollywood, “We made a little movie this year and we made a big movement….” In fact, Asian-Americans were suddenly everywhere (compared to years past when the word “invisible” best described their roles in film and TV). I was struck by how Chu thanked supporters because he was “truly experiencing and understanding what pride means for the first time in my life. Thank you for showing me that community is power, and we are powerful. We don’t need to ask for permission ever again.” While the Asian-American experience has some parallels with the queer and trans experiences (around finding power in community, at the least), there’s a group that…

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side dish

We loved watching our cover stars NICO SANTOS, JAKE CHOI, AND VINCENT RODRIGUEZ, get hammy on set. They’re more than pretty faces! ON ADVOCATE.COM Don’t think our cover stars are the only Asian-American LGBTQs you should know. See our interview with Life-Size 2 star HANK CHEN and our slideshow of “100 Badass Asian-American LGBTQs We Love” on Advocate.com. Photographer Luke Fontana (far left, center), associate editor Desiree Guerrero (left, far left) and deputy editor Jacob Anderson-Minshall (left, far right) on set with our sexy cover dream team! LUKE FONTANA (ANDERSON-MINSHALL, GROUP SHOTS); YVES BRIGHT (CHEN)…

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the rainbow wave

The mid-term election saw a shakedown of the heteropatriarchy with a record-breaking 117 women and over 150 LGBTQ-identified candidates winning offices across the country. Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema (left) beat out opponent Martha McSally, making history by becoming the first out bisexual elected to the U.S. Senate. She also became the state’s first female senator. Jared Polis also made history, becoming the first out gay man to be elected governor in America. People of color won big too: Democrats Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Deb Haaland (New Mexico) became the first Native American women elected to Congress (Davids is also a lesbian), while Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) have become the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Nevada’s Kelvin Atkinson also made history becoming the first black LGBTQ state senate majority leader…

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hate crime victim identified after 45 years

Last year marked the 45th anniversary of the deadly arson fire at popular New Orleans gay bar UpStairs Lounge that killed 32 people. It was the largest mass killing of gay people in U.S. history for over four decades—until the Pulse massacre that claimed 50 lives in 2016. Three victims of the 1973 fire were never positively identified and remained “unknown white males,” buried in unmarked graves at a New Orleans cemetery. Their namelessness has haunted the community for decades. I made UpStairs Inferno, the full-length documentary about the fire and its aftermath with the mission to honor the victims and give them the respect and dignity they were denied at the time. In 2018, I received a message from 54-year-old Lynette Moreland who believed her uncle was one of the unnamed men…

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trans muse

Zach Manzi’s impetus for reaching out to the trans community came from questioning what his own identity as a gay man meant, in the context of the larger LGBTQ community. When trans rights filled the news cycle, thanks to policies like the trans military ban or “bathroom bills,” which mandate folks use the restroom associated with the sex they were assigned at birth, Manzi realized he “never saw trans people speaking on camera.” Up until that point, Manzi admits, he never had an in-depth conversation with a trans person, either. “If I’m fighting for LGBTQ rights, that means that I’m fighting for trans people as well,” Manzi says. “So, I wanted there to be an opportunity for people who are not queer, people who are not trans, to understand a little…