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.

Today marks the 17th annual Day of Silence, where LGBT students and allies sustain a vow of silence calling attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. A record 8,000 schools are participating, but that doesn't mean every student knows how it works, or what it all means. The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, has been helping schools and students organize the Day of Silence for more than a decade. With their help, thousands of students have learned about the effects of bullying.

April 20 2012 2:30 PM

Perez Hilton will open up to Oprah Winfrey about the positive direction he's consciously taken in his career and lifestyle during an episode of Oprah's Life Class: The Tour.

April 20 2012 10:22 AM

Last week Zach Wahls, a student from Iowa who was raised by two lesbian moms, was scheduled to speak at my alma mater — Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.—but he never got the chance.

Wahls, whose February 2011 testimony before the Iowa state legislature defending marriage equality was the most-watched political video of 2011, became an icon for children of LGBT parents. Wahls opened the eyes of many who were torn about that aspect of same-sex marriage.

His event was ultimately canceled by the administration of Canisius College, a Catholic institution. Directly or not, administrators risked advocating for same-sex marriage. And I suppose that by now I shouldn’t be as surprised as I am that they didn’t want to hear from Wahls.

In August 2007, I arrived at Canisius College, like many modern-day college students, at a time when I was becoming politically active for the first time and starting to make my own decisions.

Canisius, one of 28 Jesuit institutions in the nation, is a beautiful campus on the east side of Buffalo, which is nestled in the historic Hamlin Park district. I was drawn to the college for a variety of reasons, but most important to me, was the demeanor and attitude of the students I came across during my visits. Unlike atother places, the students seemed lively, happy, and friendly; there was an unspoken acceptance that I felt even as a prospective student.

Another thing I noticed about Canisius, and it would be hard not to, was that the “Catholic” aspects of the school were evident. Priests walked throughout the quad. A massive, beautiful chapel stood in the middle of campus. Still, the college seemed progressive and liberal, an impression that proved true during my time at Canisius. That isn’t to say, though, that I wouldn’t go on to face many roadblocks as a gay student.

Simply put, I was raised agnostic. My parents talked about “God” from time to time, but we never spoke of a religion. We certainly never went to church, except on a few random occasions. On a political level, my parents spoke of their beliefs and shared thoughts on the economy and social issues. And as a son of blue-collar parents, I suppose, when it comes down to it, I was raised in a Democratic household without the label.

April 20 2012 10:07 AM

Here’s what Eileen Myles, poet, prolific literary activist, and author of 18 books, plays, and libretti (including her new double volume, Snowflake/different streets), is passionate about this month.

April 20 2012 2:00 AM

Bettie Naylor, a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign and the National Women's Political Caucus died Thursday. She was 84.

April 19 2012 6:06 PM

 The 2006 documentary Apparition of the Eternal Church, which will be screened Thursday at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, asks nonreligious musicians such as the Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic how they are affected by a super Christian and well-regarded organ composer.

"What does this passionately Christian music sound like to those of us who are not Christian?" wondered director Paul Festa in his book based on the documentary.

The music itself, from famed composer Olivier Messiaen, is often described as apocalyptic and isn't the easiest thing in the world for some to hear, often noted for chords stacked on top of chords.

On the following pages, see the expressions of some of the 31 participants as they heard his music for the first time. 

April 19 2012 2:46 PM

You love your gadgets, but you may love the environment more. Now you can have it both ways with this fun and functional eco swag.

April 19 2012 4:00 AM

Dick Clark died Wednesday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 82.

 TMZ reports that Clark was in the hospital following an outpatient procedure performed at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. The site reports that Clark suffered the heart attack shortly after the procedure. Hospital attendants attempted to resuscitate Clark but were unsuccessful.

April 18 2012 6:18 PM

A community in Ohio has rallied around the mother of a Tiger Scout who was ejected from her position as a den leader because of her sexual orientation.

April 18 2012 5:49 PM

An Air Force staff sergeant who was discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" in 2008 will officially return to active duty in May.

April 17 2012 5:12 PM