The Reverend Tommie Watkins knows discrimination. After the aspiring pilot was pressured to quit the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 for being gay, he was refused ordination as a deacon by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2000. Now at age 31 the Miami Beach, Fla., resident heads the Watkins Group LLC, which helps faith- and community-based organizations reach out to men of color. And he has published Living Out Loud, a book about overcoming homophobia in and out of the black community.
We join the Equality Ride in progress… Inspired by the ’60s’ Freedom Riders, 33 young LGBT activists on a bus are invading the nation’s antigay colleges. Here riders tell their stories of inspiration, hope, and getting arrested in their quest to change America
Karen O, the striking singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and queen of the new new wave, is an original in an industry crowded with picture-perfect clones. With the white-hot Show Your Bones CD new in stores and a tour under way, the critics’ fave chatted about the girls she likes and the boys who like her.
Transsexual? Cross-dresser? Gender-queer? Under the “transgender” umbrella are a range of people who deal with gender identity and gender expression in nontraditional ways. A primer on who’s who. Part 2 of The Advocate’s ongoing transgender series