The Cuomo Evolution
August 08 2011 3:00 AM ET


Julie Bolcer

New York governor Andrew Cuomo talks about the state’s recent marriage equality win, the personal reasons behind his leadership, and his commitment to keeping the momentum going.

See Gagas Self Portrait for Our Cover
July 05 2011 8:00 AM ET

See Gaga's Self-Portrait for Our Cover Editors

While on tour in Germany, Lady Gaga took her first magazine cover self-portrait for The Advocate’s August issue.

193 Reasons to Have Pride in 2011, Part Three
May 18 2011 3:00 AM ET

193 Reasons to Have Pride: Part 3

Advocate Contributors

Including the people who finally care about bullying and straight dudes who are rooting for us.

193 Reasons to Have Pride in 2011 Part Two
May 17 2011 3:00 AM ET

193 Reason to Have Pride: Part Two

Advocate Contributors

From Katy Perry's anti-bullying anthem to potential gay leaders in New York City and San Francisco, this past year has given us much to celebrate.

193 Reasons to Have Pride in 2011 Part One
May 16 2011 3:00 AM ET

193 Reasons to Have Pride: Part One

Advocate Contributors

From hard-fought legal victories to powerful new allies in politics, from iconic entertainers to coming-out stories, this past year has given us much to celebrate.

Forty Under 40 Part Two
April 13 2011 3:00 AM ET

 Forty Under 40: Part Two

Advocate Contributors

A writer, a world traveler, and even a state senator — The Advocate's Forty Under 40 honorees are much more than ahead of the curve, they're out, proud, and changing the world.

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge
April 11 2011 3:00 AM ET

Forty Under 40:Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Ari Karpel

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his boyfriend, Freedom to Marry Political Director Sean Eldridge, are among the saluted on this year's list of forty LGBT leaders and newsmakers under the age of 40.

Match Point
March 08 2011 4:00 AM ET

Match Point


In the past year she’s battled breast cancer and a pulmonary edema scare on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. But on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is still a fighter.

Is This a Face You Can Trust
February 07 2011 4:00 AM ET

Is This a Face You Can Trust?

Andrew Harmon

IT'S ONLY A GARTER SNAKE, dusty brown with rows of black splotches running the length of its slender body. But the faithful who see it writhing on the concrete barn floor of this makeshift church, where snake handling isn’t a part of the service, are justifiably jumpy: A 6-year-old girl was bitten on the foot by a rattlesnake just a few weeks ago, not far from here on the west side of Colorado Springs, Colo., near the United States Air Force Academy. As the snake slithers erratically through the barn, past three large gray buckets stacked waist high to serve as a lectern, past a hand-painted two-by-four reading "no stone zone," and finally past our feet, a young woman yells, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” in rapid fire. Scenarios like these almost always produce a willing hero: An elderly man with thick glasses bends down and grabs the snake just below its head. Triumphant, he walks it out of the barn and into an adjacent field to relieved applause, followed by a smattering of jokes — variations on a theme of an obvious metaphor just witnessed by the new congregants of St. James Church, led by Pastor Ted Haggard. We take our seats and wait for Haggard to finish greeting churchgoers as they drive down the circular paved driveway on Old Ranch Road leading to his home. The setting is instantly familiar to anyone who paid attention to Haggard’s scandal, or “crisis,” as he sometimes refers to it, in 2006. Recall Haggard, then head of New Life Church, in the maroon pickup truck, wearing a blue checked shirt and khakis, as he spoke to a 9News Denver reporter, denying his involvement with Mike Jones, a former gay escort in Denver who now works as a nursing assistant. Haggard spoke with conviction: “I did call him…I called him to buy some meth, but I threw it away.… I went there for a massage.” Haggard’s wife, Gayle, sat in the passenger seat, wearing a pale green sweater. She stared at her husband while he dug himself deeper before driving off. Four years later, in her memoir, Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour, she wrote of the moment: “As we approached the traffic light nearest our house, his confident expression melted, and his forehead dropped to the steering wheel. When he spoke again, his voice came out in tatters: ‘What have I just done?’ [Haggard asked.] ‘You just lied,’ I answered, my tone flat. ‘And everybody’s going to know it.’ ”Everyone did, of course. And yet the man who, fairly or not, has come to embody the evangelical hypocrisy that gay people and their allies rail against daily — whose name comes up every time a man of the cloth or an antigay activist is accused of a same-sex dalliance — has returned to the pulpit.Perhaps it’s no surprise. Ministry is all Ted Haggard has ever known. When I first spoke with Haggard, he was on his cell phone, pacing in the barn a few steps from his home, and seething about a story that had just broken in the news. It was May 2010, only a few days after the Miami New Times published an expose on George Rekers, a University of South Carolina emeritus professor, a founding board member of the Family Research Council, and a proponent of “ex-gay” reparative therapy who was caught with a 20-year-old escort from The young man, Rekers explained, had been hired to carry luggage for him during a 10-day European trip. The timing was terrible for Haggard, who was in the early stages of opening a new church and once again found himself in the news, as journalists compared him to Rekers. “I know exactly what it feels like to have both sides hating you bitterly,” Haggard said about Rekers. In the background I could hear what sounded like his sneakers squeaking as he paced on the concrete floor. “But I’m not him. I was never hateful.… And let me emphasize: I’ve never been through — what do they call it? Reparative therapy? Restorative? Whatever it is. The thing that they say people who are confused sexually go through. I don’t know anything about it.” Two months later, at this Sunday service, Haggard’s a completely different man than I heard on the phone. “All right, let’s get started!” he says with his Cheshire-cat grin as he strides into the red barn in a striped button-down shirt. St. James is a far cry from nearby New Life, which Haggard and his wife started in 1985 and which, by the time they left, had grown to include 14,000 members. Today, only a few dozen people are arranged in semicircle rows of folding chairs to hear Haggard’s sermon.

Madam Secretary
January 10 2011 4:00 AM ET

Madame Secretary

Kerry Eleveld

“Gay rights are human rights.” With that declaration — and the team she has assembled at the State Department — Hillary Rodham Clinton has elevated the dialogue on LGBT rights around the globe.

The Best of 2010
November 16 2010 10:00 PM ET

Gives Thanks

Advocate Contributors

The Advocate gives thanks by remembering 26 of the best stories of 2010.

The Beat Goes On
September 09 2010 3:00 AM ET

James Franco: The Beat Goes On

Benoit Denizet-Lewis

James Franco isn’t a gay man, he just plays one — frequently. The busiest guy in show business takes a break to discuss how he came to play Allen Ginsberg in Howl.

Dangerous Liaisons
August 23 2010 4:00 AM ET

Dangerous Liaisons

Jeff Sharlet

Antigay Americans are losing the culture war, so they’re exporting hatred to Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria — where their fervor is so welcome it threatens to sweep the entire continent.