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The Advocate

August/September 2019

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Here Media
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s letter

WHEN I FIRST MET OUR cover star Isis King, she was still a teenager. I saw the same spark in the model that Tyra Banks did, and like Banks, I was sure Isis would become a star. It took a little longer than I expected, but 15 years later I’m thrilled King is getting the attention she deserves, wowing America with her role in the remarkable Netflix series Now They See Us. Speaking to Isis reminds me that when it comes to social justice issues, be it around race or gender or sexual orientation, everyone is playing the long game. We all got here on the shoulders of the previous generation, but the thing is, we don’t typically realize it until we become the shoulders that younger LGBTQ activists are now…

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letter to the editor

The Advocate recently published a story by filmmaker Robert Camina in which he claims to have identified one of the three unidentified victims of the 1973 Up Stairs Lounge fire (February/March #1101). “It is time to officially acknowledge Larry Norman Frost,” he writes, “as a victim of the Up Stairs Lounge arson.” As authors of a pair of deeply researched histories about the fire and its aftermath, we were sincerely hopeful that Camina had, indeed, identified a victim. Although Robert Camina has produced a fine documentary about the Up Stairs Lounge fire and he has been a powerful advocate for all those whose lives have been affected by the fire, in calling for an official revision of the record, he has, in our opinion, overstepped the available evidence and mismanaged…

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in his defense

ROBERT L. CAMINA, WRITER AND DIRECTOR OF UPSTAIRS INFERNO, RESPONDS: I have spent the last six-plus years of my life researching and telling the story of the UpStairs Lounge tragedy. I made a documentary that not only brought attention to its history, but also honored the victims with the dignity they deserved. So when Larry Frost’s family asked me to help find answers and closure, I agreed. After extensive research and analysis, I determined there was overwhelming evidence to reasonably identify him as one of the unknown victims. In their attempt to invalidate my findings, Delery and Fieseler repeatedly refer to a single typewritten document as “evidence.” When doing my due diligence, I determined that the information in the document, including material connected to Larry Frost, could not be verified. The document…

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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 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Desirée Guerrero ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR Donald Padgett CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Charles Stephens, Tyler Curry-McGrath, Zachary Zane CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Boris Abrams, Gerald Garth, Dimitri Moise, Allison Tate ART CREATIVE DIRECTOR Raine Bascos INTERACTIVE ART DIRECTOR Christopher Harrity DIGITAL EDITORIAL VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT Eric Bui FRONT END DEVELOPER Mayra Urrutia MANAGER, DIGITAL MEDIA Laura Villela PRIDE, EDITOR IN CHIEF 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 Greg Brossia ADVERTISING ASSISTANT VP, INTEGR ATED SALES Stuart Brockington EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTEGR ATED PARTNERSHIPS Ezra Alvarez SENIOR DIRECTOR, AD OPERATIONS Stewart Nacht AD OPER ATIONS MANAGER Tiffany Kesden SENIOR COORDINATOR Michael Tighe INTEGRATED MARKETING DESIGNER Michael Lombardo DIRECTOR, BR ANDED PARTNERSHIPS Jamie Tredwell ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS, INTEGR ATED…

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10 things to make you smile

1 I’M OK, ARE YOU? Queer television streamer Dekkoo released the third (and final) season of its popular series I’m Fine, which tackles themes of identity, monogamy, shame, and the gay generational divide. Creator Brandon Kirby says, “This series began over a break-up…. I used my heartbreak as a creative outlet to create Nate, a fictionalized version of myself brought to life by Perry Powell, who imbued the character with so much unexpected depth that I soon realized this character and this story would go quickly go beyond any real life touch points.” @mydekkoo 2 HOT SHOTS Geena Rocero became the first transgender, Asian-Pacific Islander Playmate in Playboy history. The beauty queen-turned-model looked majestic in a beachy pictorial in Playboy’s gender and sexuality issue (which is on newsstands through September). @geenarocero 3 THE SMALLEST…

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varsity vogue

Emerson College in Boston is making history, and we are living for it. The 139-year-old private, well-heeled (and predominantly white) institution is now home to the first official collegiate vogue ballroom house in the U.S. The Haus of Emerson was established last fall by Christopher Henderson-West, “a poor, Black, bisexual, gender-fluid male from the Midwest” who struggled to find his community on campus. In 2018, Henderson-West took over as president of the school’s student-run LGBTQ organization, EAGLE (Emerson’s Advancement Group for Love and Expression), established in 1991 with a goal of promoting the visibility and acceptance of queer culture throughout the Emerson campus and greater Boston area. And he quickly “narrowed the organization’s focus to the visibility of QTPOC [queer and trans people of color] at the predominantly white and wealthy…

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