Since competing on American Idol, Kimberley Locke has performed at plenty of LGBT shindigs. “When I started, I asked my manager, ‘What attracts the gay community to a celebrity?’ ” recalls Locke, whose new album, Based on a True Story, hits stores this summer. “He said, ‘We like strong women.’ I thought, OK, I can accept that.”
After she was outed by a national magazine, Rauda Morcos, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, became the most visible lesbian in both that country and in Palestine, where the Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas recently took power. Morcos, a 32-year-old Haifa resident, cofounded Aswat (“Voices” in Arabic) in 2003 as a safe space for Palestinian lesbian women to meet and empower themselves. This month the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is honoring her work.
As one comedy writer to another, Advocate contributor Jim David asks Avenue Q creator Jeff Whitty whether his letter complaining about Jay Leno’s gay jokes was really warranted. Making someone the butt of a joke isn’t the same as bashing them