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Scarlet fever
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

Scarlet fever

Advocate.com Editors

“Hey Opie, is all your hair red?” What being a redhead taught the author about being gay—and about the pleasure of being unique.

Annette Bening
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

Annette Bening

Anne Stockwell

Steely tough but alluringly vulnerable—her screen persona had us at The Grifters. Now she’s Augusten Burroughs’s deliciously mad bisexual mom in Running With Scissors.

Spying on you
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

Spying on you

Advocate.com Editors

You can delete Internet files and erase online profiles, but there is no hiding what you do, where you go, and whom you talk to online, says Christopher Faulkner, a cyber security and online safety expert and CEO of CI Host, which calls itself the world’s number 1 Web-hosting company.

Dude worship on YouTube
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

Dude worship on YouTube

Jason Rowan

Images of puffed-up bodybuilders made popular in 1950s publications are alive and well as videos on the Internet. Only now they’re creating a new connection between gay and straight men.

More human than Truman
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

More human than Truman

Alexander Cho

Infamous reassembles the gay love story between the lines of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

Perez is burning
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

Perez in burning

Advocate.com Editors

The Los Angeles gossip hound (real name: Mario Lavandeira) hit the big time this year, posting People magazine’s Brangelina baby photos before the actual issue arrived. Then he laid claim to forcing Lance Bass out of the closet with his relentless coverage of the pop star’s public romance with Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.

The return of free love
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

The return of free love

Sean Kennedy

Queer auteur John Cameron Mitchell’s new film Shortbus depicts graphic sex, but it’s not porn—it’s a political manifesto.

The preacher lied
October 09 2006 11:00 PM ET

The preacher lied

Michelangelo Signorile examines the case of Andrew Marin, a lay minister who exploited his lesbian friends to promote himself as a “bridge” between gays and evangelicals. After HRC and others bought into his pitch, his true antigay colors began to shine through.

Our readers' favorite blogs
October 08 2006 11:00 PM ET

Our readers' favorite blogs

When it comes to blogs, some gays like hard news; others want only hard candy. We asked our readers to tell us which blogs they visit regularly.

The Foley scandal and the power of the public closet
October 05 2006 11:00 PM ET

The Foley scandal and the power of the public closet

Sean Kennedy

As Beltway insiders and the media elite obsess over the Mark Foley scandal, no one's talking about the story's blatant gay overtones—just as no one ever talked about Foley's sexuality in the first place. The silence speaks volumes about the continuing power of the public closet.

Foleys pathetic blame game
October 05 2006 11:00 PM ET

Foley's pathetic blame game

Karel

Hey, Mark Foley! Stop using sexuality to explain away why you're so screwed up. You're screwed up because you were a mess to start with, not because you drink too much (allegedly). You're a creep. Live with it.

Rep Barney Frank talks about the Foley scandal
October 03 2006 11:00 PM ET

Rep. Barney Frank talks about the Foley scandal

Matthew Link

One of the few out politicians on Capitol Hill, Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts (who survived his own scandal involving a male prostitute in 1989) gives us his take on Foley and on being a gay politician in Washington.

Transgender success stories
October 01 2006 11:00 PM ET

Transgender success stories

Joanne Herman

Varying degrees of “stealth” have allowed many transgender people to be quite successful in spite of the challenges. The 12th and final installment in The Advocate’s Transgender 101 series

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