From the Editor

 In the span of two hours in an airport, I had several encounters that variously heartened and disappointed me. I over- heard a conversation between an American woman and a presumably straight British man who told her his day had started in Texas, where the hotel clerk had taken great pains to tell him that he was in “the country of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” He was duly mortified at the jackasses who chose to wear their bigotry as a badge of honor.

April 16 2012 2:00 AM

 An editor, upon joining the staff, once remarked to me his surprise that gay news never stops — but the week we went to press was one for the record books. Maryland advanced marriage equality legislation in the House. A marriage bill in the New Jersey legislature passed in the Senate, and in Washington State on Monday, February 13, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed marriage equality into law, making it the seventh state to do so. It was a good way to start the week.

March 12 2012 2:00 AM

 In 1967 life for many LGBTs might not have been much different than it was in 1966 or 1965. We were marginalized, invisible, with few places to gather and virtually no quarter in any part of society.

February 17 2012 4:00 AM

I was born traveling; my first trip was at 6 weeks of age. My parents, who lived in Germany then, took me camping on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy, in August 1974. (They camped. I mostly just lay there.) By the time we'd moved to Utah when I was 3, I was a seasoned traveling toddler, having made a bunch of transatlantic flights between our home in Munich and my grandparents' homes at opposite ends of the United States. My parents were both schoolteachers and consequently not wealthy, but they prized experience, especially travel, above possessions.

January 09 2012 4:00 AM

 One of the most remarkable advances in civil rights in 2011 was doubtlessly the passage of marriage equality in New York. We celebrate that, along with many other remarkable high points in news and culture throughout the year. Also in this issue, Andrew Harmon reports on the bizarre end of a lesbian couple’s marriage in a story involving a custody battle, kidnapping, Mennonite missionaries, and a secret compound in Nicaragua.

November 18 2011 4:00 AM

 For his new yet-to-be-titled album Adam Lambert says he has been writing and recording songs of a more personal nature. “Outlaws of Love” is one track that lyrically addresses the fact that Lambert and his boyfriend couldn’t get married if they chose to do so. Paired with his new activism over the past year, the song (a live performance of its debut in Quebec is viewable online) is emblematic of a seemingly new openness in his life, and an evolution on his understanding of what it means to be a gay public figure.

October 17 2011 4:00 AM

I first encountered Jane Lynch in 2000 when I saw her in Best in Show playing a tough-as-nails lesbian dog trainer, and then in a variety stage show in a tiny Los Angeles theater where she played an obnoxiously hilarious lesbian self-help guru. I was instantly a fan. In the dozens and dozens of film and TV roles since (she may be the hardest-working woman in show business), she’s played sweet and shocking, gay and straight, and characters whose noxious qualities make orientation irrelevant. Lynch says she never did an official coming-out interview because she’d never been in — and to my knowledge she was active in LGBT organizations long before finding fame, and she’s never been shy about saying to the media that she’s a lesbian.

Her understanding of being out is far different from the “I’ve never been closeted” line I read so often from celebrities (sometimes in this publication) insisting that telling their parents and friends that they’re gay equals being out. Lynch was out. Those others most often were not.

You’ll forgive me if I descend into a professional gripe over this point. Being out is the most fundamental thing we can do to improve the lives of future generations, and for most of us, it’s as basic (though not to say easy) as telling the people in our lives. But if you’re a person in the public eye and you refuse to say you’re LGBT in a public forum, you’re unequivocally not out. Yes, you have a different standard than the nonfamous. While telling someone how and when to come out is pushing the point further than I care to do, who among us — more than the wealthy and famous — has the luxury of coming out and doing a ton of good in the process? Entertainers, come out. The water’s fine.


Check out our compilation of some of Lynch's most hilarious and memorable roles on the following pages... 

September 12 2011 4:00 AM

 As a onetime Manhattan resident, I was jealous that so many friends were able to celebrate Pride in New York immediately following that historic vote. The Republican-controlled state Senate, with the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (interviewed by our intrepid Julie Bolcer), passed a bill extending a fundamental civil right to a previously disenfranchised segment of the citizenry. I wish I’d been at the Stonewall Inn that night, cheering and celebrating a hard-fought victory.

August 08 2011 4:00 AM

 As a teenager, I refused gifts of clothes if they were readily identifiable as brands worn by my contemporaries. Girbaud jeans were particularly au currant at Albion Middle School — so that was a nonstarter. If I was given anything in a Guess box, I pulled a nasty, petulant face. What fun for my parents.

July 05 2011 4:00 AM

 I never celebrated gay pride in Salt Lake City, the place where I spent most of my formative years, the city where I came out at age 22. I’m sorry for that fact for two reasons. First, because in a conservative state like Utah, every little bit of visibility helps in the fight for equality; I wish I had been counted in a place where it really matters.

May 16 2011 4:00 AM