Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

Mass Effect, the wildly popular series of sci-fi action role playing video games from BioWare, has had the option of having same-sex romances in the past, but according to BioWare writer Patrick Weekes, Mass Effect 3 characters Samatha Traynor and Steve Cortez “represent the first time BioWare has written full romances that are exclusively for same-sex characters.”

Weekes and Dusty Everman, who wrote these relationships, talked about the experience on the BioWare blog

May 09 2012 2:00 PM

Students at American University got a big surprise when the most recent student body president stepped down from the position last week. Students had elected Tim McBride to serve last year, without realizing that McBride identifies as a woman. She came out as transgender publicly after serving her time as student body president. 

May 09 2012 1:24 PM

Lead singer of the punk band Against Me! comes out as a transgender woman in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. Laura Jane Grace, who used to be known as Tom Tom Gabel, tells writer Josh Eells about her transition, her experience with gender dysphoria, and what this means for Against Me! (a band that Grace started when she was just 17 years old, in 1997, in Naples, Florida).

May 09 2012 11:31 AM

The 2011-2012 Broadway season has officially ended, the Tony nominations have been announced, and our man on the New York theater scene has now seen every show. Here’s a look at his quick and queer-skewed impressions of the busy season’s complete offerings — thriving and shuttered, honored and snubbed.

May 09 2012 9:37 AM

Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO's hit comedy Girls, says she may have inherited her knack for attracting boyfriends who later come out as gay from her mother, according to an interview with NPR.

May 08 2012 3:28 PM