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The Advocate June - July 2018

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


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editor's letter

WHEN I WOKE UP APRIL 17TH, I found out my long-time friend, legendary lesbian activist Donna Red Wing, had died. Named Woman of the Year by The Advocate in 1992 and dubbed “the most dangerous woman in America” by the far-right Christian Coalition around the same time, Red Wing was an activist for over 30 years. Former executive director of One Iowa, she previously worked for GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, the Gill Foundation, and with Howard Dean and former president Barack Obama. Oregon queers owe her thanks. In the 1990s, as head of Oregon’s Lesbian Community Project, she led successful efforts to defeat Measure 9, a ballot initiative that would have amended the Oregon constitution to ban gay-inclusive civil rights laws, while also declaring homosexuality “abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.” While I’m…

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what i’m digging now

READING: Luke Williams’s zine Cave Homo premiered last year at New York City Pride, with a hit gallery show and a feature on just-out pro skateboarder Brian Anderson. Its second issue (debuting June 23 at Fierman Gallery in N.Y.C.) features Lacey Baker (above), the gender non-conforming queer skateboarder, with sights on the 2020 Olympics. Proceeds from the event go to The Trevor Project. (CaveHomo.com) CARRYING: I’ll be carrying the myCharge Limited Edition PRIDE Power Bank to every march and parade this year since it doubles my phone’s battery life, and five percent of its sales go to The Trevor Project.(MyCharge.com) MARVELLING: Howard Schatz’s astonishing new tome, KINK, features photos from a booth Schatz has manned at San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair every year for a quarter century. KINK is a groundbreaking, humanizing…

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con tri but ors

Toshio Meronek and Erica Meiners spent over a year investigating for our special report on gay and bi men locked up in civil commitment (page 38). The story was produced in collaboration with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. TOSHIO MERONEK has also reported for Al Jazeera, The Nation, andTruthout. His work appears in several anthologies, including Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility. ERICA MEINERS, The Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University is the author of For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State, and has written articles for a wide range of media outlets. The Investigative Fund’s mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. It serves the public in enabling independent journalists to bring underreported stories to…

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because i am

Umber Ghauri is making a name for herself as an activist makeup artist—and if there wasn’t such a thing, there is now. The talented 26-year-old has already worked with many queer, trailblazing people of color, including Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors; multi-gendered American rapper and poet Mykki Blanco; and English gender non-conforming trans activist, writer, and artist Travis Alabanza. It’s a path Ghauri chose consciously, after a bit of soul searching. “That’s kind of an example of my niche,” she says, “working with people who are feminist, who are activists, who [need] services like makeup… And there’s a lot of them doing really well, so there’s a clientele.” Surprisingly, Ghauri wasn’t always so confident about going into a creative field. She explains that she once struggled with “a kind of internalized…

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is punk the new f-word?

I HAVE ALWAYS associated creativity with a sense of pleasure, and simultaneously, a sense of danger. Self-expression in my mind conjures feelings of the forbidden. Perhaps much of this comes from my Southern black boyhood, as I started to get the sense there was safety in assimilation and considerable risk in being too free. “Don’t be a punk,” I was told. I imagine many others like me heard this as well. The phrase served as both correction and warning. Around 7 or 8 years old, I first started hearing other things like, “Don’t laugh too hard” or “Don’t smile too much.” I was commanded, “Don’t sit that way” and “Don’t speak with a lisp.” And the most epic one of all: “Don’t cry.” Being forced to withhold emotion early on stunts us for…

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removing regret to rediscover my pride

THIS ESSAY ISN’T for the casual drinker, the person who can “just have one,” or anyone who doesn’t know what it feels like to regret the night before. But if you often find yourself disappointed after a night when you had more to drink than you wish you would have, keep reading. Who would you be if you weren’t always spending time regretting decisions you made while drinking? I asked that question a lot in early 2017. Too often I was regretting going to that last bar, having that last shot, and caving into peer pressure while failing to do the things I told myself I’d do before the hangover kicked in. At 33—with a great job, a beautiful boyfriend, and a life I didn’t deserve—I was still on a rinse,…