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Outspoken: Dani Nyman
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

Outspoken: Dani Nyman

Commentary 965 2006-06-20 2006-06-05 Outspoken: Dani Nyman Nyman is 22 and lives in Tacoma, Wash. For a long time I’ve been active in the caus

Gay shame is a drag
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

Gay shame is a drag Editors

Commentary 965 2006-06-20 2006-06-05 Gay shame is a drag By Q. Allan Brocka On a recent date with a gentleman I met over the Internet—making small talk over udon—we l

Shooting for life
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

Shooting for life: Luna Luis Ortiz

HIV-positive since age 14, this New York photographer reaffirmed his life through his camera. Now he’s giving kids at Harvey Milk High School the same opportunity and helping them see the big picture about AIDS.

The Dixie Chicks
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

The Dixie Chicks

Michele Kort

Three years ago the country music industry pitched a hissy fit when Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said, “Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” The Chicks didn’t just get blackballed, they got death threats. Now they’re back with a rocking new album of self-penned songs, Taking the Long Way, and a fierce first single, “Not Ready to Make Nice.” We spoke to Maines and Robison, and just so you know, we’re proud they’re from Texas.

The right to own 'dyke'
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

The right to own "dyke"

Bob Adams

It’s taken three years and the fight is still not over, but members of the country’s most famous group of biking lesbians are finally winning the right to own their own name.

In honor of Gwen
June 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

In honor of Gwen

Lawrence Ferber

Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl stars in a new Lifetime movie as the mother of Gwen Araujo, with J.D. Pardo as the murdered transgender teen.

Its good to be mutant
June 02 2006 12:00 AM ET

It's good to be mutant


The movie X-Men: The Last Stand is all about whether “abnormal” people should be cured. Great! Cure the crazy fundamentalists, the greedy mega-SUV drivers, the liars and cheats. But leave my gayness alone, thanks. It’s who I am.

Love loss and lots of walking
May 31 2006 12:00 AM ET

Love, loss, and lots of walking

Jennifer Schumaker

Within sight of her goal of walking up the California coastline to San Francisco, our stalwart lesbian mom scares a pothead, loses her beloved dog, and finds old friends and new.

Out of one closet and into another
May 26 2006 12:00 AM ET

Out of one closet and into another

Joanne Herman

Many transgender people choose to live “stealth”—never admitting to being transgender—because of safety concerns, societal stigma, and prejudice. Part 5 of The Advocate’s ongoing transgender series.

The other code
May 25 2006 12:00 AM ET

The other code Editors

While the Catholic Church denounces The Da Vinci Code’s central conceit, that Jesus was married, other secrets about the homoerotic aspects of Jesus’ life are also worth exploring.

Why cant the Democrats be Democrats?
May 24 2006 12:00 AM ET

Why can't the Democrats be Democrats?

Jack Kenny

This TV writer is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. What’s the matter with the party he has supported so long? What’s so difficult about standing up for what’s right? Like, for example, marriage equality. An open letter calling for the ABCs of politics: action, backbone, and clarity.

Is pride good PR?
May 22 2006 12:00 AM ET

Is pride good PR?

Michael Levine

A-list Hollywood publicist Michael Levine assesses the public relations impact of pride festivals and parades.

Fear and loafing
May 22 2006 12:00 AM ET

Fear and loafing Editors

Commentary 964 2006-06-06 2006-05-22 Fear and loafing By Bruce C. Steele Do you feel threatened? Immigrants do. In April and May, in the wake of a proposed federal law that would have tur