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In defense of Jay Leno
May 01 2006 12:00 AM ET

In defense of Jay Leno

Jim David

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

The surgery you never wanted
April 28 2006 12:00 AM ET

The surgery you never wanted

Joanne Herman

Born somewhere between male and female, intersex people face unique gender identity issues, especially if “normalizing” surgeries were imposed on them at a young age. Part 3 of The Advocate’s ongoing transgender series

Stop the antigay Iraqi killings now
April 27 2006 12:00 AM ET

Stop the antigay Iraqi killings now!

Scott Rose

LGBT Iraqis are being slaughtered with the blessing of Islamic religious leaders. How can you help? Start by speaking up—in particular, by demanding that U.S. politicians do their duty to protect the people of Iraq

Silence is part of speaking up
April 25 2006 12:00 AM ET

Silence is part of speaking up

Brent Hartinger

The author of the gay teen novel Geography Club and a resident of Tacoma, Wash., hails Wednesday’s Day of Silence—and questions whether all the talking expected on the Christian right’s “Day of Truth” on Thursday can really counter the power of silence to support equality for LGBT students

Standing up for immigration reform
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Standing up for immigration reform

Advocate.com Editors

In struggling for a way to move forward on the issue of immigrant rights, the African-American community should reflect on the compassionate words of civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, who was both black and gay

Youth center closes
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Youth center closes

Brandon Nowalk

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 Youth center closes By Brandon Nowalk Austin’s Out Youth center has served the LGBT youth of central Texas for longer than some of

The next Brokeback
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Coastal disturbances

Christopher Rice

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 Coastal disturbances By Christopher Rice Here’s my advice to all of you who are still broken up about Brokeback Mountain 

Multitasking millionaire
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Multitasking millionaire

Suzanne Stroh

Can’t decide on the right career? Take a lesson from out entrepreneur Lisa Thomas: She built Clif Bar into a huge business, produced a Grammy-winning CD, and is just getting started

Q&A: Tommie Watkins
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Tommie Watkins

Advocate.com Editors

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.

One mom, 569 miles
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

One mom, 569 miles

Jennifer Schumaker

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 One mom, 569 miles By Jennifer Schumaker You can follow Jennifer’s progress online here . Supporters are encouraged to wear rainbo

We who are left behind
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

We who are left behind

Advocate.com Editors

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 We who are left behind By the Reverend Irene Monroe There’s something mean-spirited and wholly sinful about a church that would sh

Outspoken: Kaleena Newman
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Outspoken: Kaleena Newman

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 Outspoken: Kaleena Newman Newman lives in Phoenix Kaleena Newman came out at age 11.

Eight years of great laughs
April 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Eight years of great laughs

Jim Colucci

Commentary 962 2006-05-09 2006-04-24 Eight years of great laughs By Jim Colucci In a memorable 2002 episode of Will & Grace, Jack becomes Kevin Bacon’s personal assist

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