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.

Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka performed a spirited rendition of "You're the Top" at a benefit for the Trevor Project last Sunday.

December 08 2011 11:45 AM

LGBT rights in the United States and Cameroon are among the themes of films screening in the second Flashpoint Human Rights Film Festival, which opened today in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

December 07 2011 6:01 PM

 Ian Harvie, the world’s first FTM transgender comedian, has long been a favorite among other LGBT performers, like Margaret Cho (who once described herself as his number 1 fan). Now his celebrity friends are coming out to help him create Super Hero: Ian Harvie’s Standup Comedy Special.

“I will be the first trans guy with his own standup comedy special on television,” Harvie says of the show, which is filming January 7 at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. “You bet your sweet ass I will!”

December 07 2011 4:25 PM

March 7 is the 25th anniversary of Divine's passing, and here we look back at some of her own travels.

December 07 2011 4:00 AM Updated

Things are about to get even hotter in Cleveland as Sandra
Bernhard and pal Laura San Giacomo make a guest appearance as a lesbian couple on
Wednesday’s episode. Bernhard chatted with The
about the show, her big plans for New Year’s
Eve and about which of the GOP candidates is craziest.

December 06 2011 5:00 AM

From Chris Evans and Bradley Cooper to Seth MacFarlane and Paul Rudd, our favorite male celebs share their same-sex crushes exclusively with The Advocate.

December 05 2011 4:21 PM

One of TV's most flamboyantly campy actors, Alan Sues — who was best known for his turn on the '60s smash hit, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In — has died. Sues, 85, died Thursday in his West Hollywood, Calif. home, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Longtime friend, Michael Gregg Michaud told the Times that Sues was gay but did not come out publicly for fear that it would ruin his career.

December 03 2011 2:00 PM

A college professor is asked by a female-bodied student after class to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to “hir.” A student assigned male at birth takes advantage of the ability to have one’s preferred name, rather than one’s legal name, on the institution’s online directory in order to change a male given name to a culturally female one.

December 03 2011 9:50 AM

[Editor’s Note: When I got my first job running an
LGBT newspaper, I got handed a batch of publications that preceded me. Among
them was Lesbian Tide — the first publicly circulated lesbian
publication in Los Angeles and a national news magazine that lesbians traded
across the U.S. from 1971 to 1980. Lesbian Tide was
co-founded and edited by Jeanne Cordova, a Latina activist, rabble rouser, and
journalist, along with dozens of other brave news folks, who helped usher in
the era of advocacy journalism: a genre of journalism that intentionally
ignores the concept of objectivity and uses fact-based reporting to get across
a social and political viewpoint. It wasn’t propaganda, but it wasn’t quiet,
just-the-facts-ma’am reporting either. At an early age, a man told Cordova that
“writer’s aren’t nice.” She knew she was already too butch, too dangerous
herself to be nice, so being a writer was a journey she wanted.

Many journalists have written from an advocacy angle in the
decades since Lesbian Tide stopped publishing in 1980, but few
of those women have captured their own stories in book form, which is why
Cordova’s hefty new memoir, When We Were Outlaws (Bella
Books), is such an important addition to the literary cannon of LGBT
non-fiction. The book deserves as much literary acclaim as any memoir this
year, both because of the breadth of it and because it manages to be
captivating, heartbreaking, and gratifying all at once.

Cordova is still a fixture in L.A.’s lesbian scene; in 2008, she
co-founded The
Lesbian Exploratorium (LEX), a non-profit cultural guerilla group that explores
art, culture, and politics. But giving Cordova’s book a literary once-over
seemed somehow inadequate so I asked one of Cordova’s
contemporaries, Robin Tyler — a long time lesbian activist and fellow L.A.
rabble rouser who has navigated many of the same paths as Cordova — to give us
her take on When We Were Outlaws. — Diane Anderson-Minshall]


I started to read Jeanne
Cordova’s When We Were Outlaws and was absolutely mesmerized by the book.  I knew that Jeanne
Cordova was a writer. I
had been friends with Jeanne in the early 1970s and knew that she was one of
the best investigative reporters who ever worked for L.A.’s alternative
newspaper, the radical Free Press.
 I knew also that she was the founder and publisher of The Lesbian Tide, which soon became the largest national newsmagazine of
the lesbian feminist decade. And I’d seen with my own presence that she was a
key organizer of the first National Lesbian Conference held at UCLA in 1973.

So I knew the book would be
good.  I was wrong. When We Were Outlaws is not a good book.  It is a great book. Cordova has a literary gift that mixes a journalist’s bold style with smart
sociological overview. And the author’s lesbian butch perspective carries a
rare voice.

Outlaws is a riveting fast paced piece of literature
that takes place in the early to mid 1970s. This true story weaves in and
out of a lighting fast radical time. It goes from Angela Davis to Patty Hearst
to radical lesbians to the Weather Underground to a neo-Nazi party hell-bent on
blowing up any progressive group within its sight.  And Cordova was right
in the middle of everything.

December 03 2011 8:29 AM