As a freshman Democratic member of Oregon’s state house in 1975, Ted Kulongoski introduced legislation to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. It didn’t pass. Now, as the state’s governor, the 65-year-old Kulongoski is still fighting for equality. Citing the refusal by the Republican house speaker to bring a gay-inclusive antidiscrimination bill to the floor for a vote in 2005, he recently established the Governor’s Task Force on Equality to advance the bill next year and to rally the public against any further antigay Republican positioning.
The mysterious death of rural gay activist Nathan Christoffersen has had an unexpected effect: bridging the gap between gay and antigay. Could Nathan’s life and death offer gay activists a path to reaching religious fundamentalists? Part 2 of a special Advocate investigation
The Academy Awards may have marked a “maverick year,” but Oscar voters still felt more comfy with a movie about racism than with one depicting gay sex. So maybe they’re not so “out of touch” with mainstream America after all