From the Editor

 Used to be I was offended if someone suggested that I lived in a bubble. But after nearly three years as editor in chief of The Advocate, I realize there’s a lot to be said about spending your time surrounded by people who spend all day focused on LGBT rights and equality. It makes you hyper-aware of our successes — whether it’s President Obama’s repudiation of the Defense of Marriage Act (page 10) or Wyoming legislators’ rebuke of yet another antigay measure.

April 11 2011 4:00 AM

 I’m a little bit jealous of Martina Navratilova. And it’s not because of her tennis prowess, her stamina, or her celebrity—although those are reasons enough to be envious. It’s because if there is one person in the world my boyfriend, Sean, would leave me for, I’m pretty certain it’s Ms. Navratilova.

March 08 2011 4:00 AM

 President Obama said it best at the January 12 memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting: “As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

February 07 2011 4:00 AM

I’m writing this letter from Oahu’s North Shore, where I’m also soaking my feet after running the Honolulu Marathon in support of AIDS Project Los Angeles. In the past 15 months, I’ve completed three such races—and, in the process, my friends and family have donated nearly $20,000 to APLA.

January 10 2011 4:00 AM

 Year-end magazines always leave me shaking my head and asking, Has it really been a year? and How could all that happen in just 12 months? This year—and this year-end issue—is no exception.

At the dawn of 2010 marriage inequality was the law of the land in California and Washington, D.C., “don’t ask, don’t tell” was firmly in place (blocking gays from open military service for the 17th year), and the words “it gets better” were little more than a promise after bad sex.

November 17 2010 4:00 AM

What a year it’s been already. Three straight people—Ted Olson, David Boies, and Lady Gaga—have become the fiercest advocates on behalf of our equal rights. (To think that just two years ago we thought our newly elected president would be leading the charge.)

October 11 2010 4:00 AM

 I waited until the last minute to write this letter because I hoped to wax lyrical about marriage equality’s return to California. My first day on the job, back in 2008, was the first day gay couples could legally wed in the state, so I know firsthand how good things could have been after 5 p.m. August 18 (when Judge Vaughn Walker, who two weeks earlier declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, said marriages would resume). And I wanted to share that excitement—the brides, the grooms, the influx of cash into a parched California economy—with you.

September 09 2010 4:00 AM

 When news of Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill broke last year, there was a sense of—in my head at least—There go those crazy African despots again. I was horrified, of course, but I don’t think I fully grasped the human implications of the hatred brewing in Uganda until I heard about Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in nearby Malawi.

August 11 2010 5:00 AM

One of the best things about working at The Advocate is that we’re always hearing from our readers. Whether you love what we’re doing, can’t stand a story you read on, or want to make sure we’re aware of a vote going down in your city council, you don’t hesitate to tell us. And while hearing from readers is spectacular, seeing you is even doubly so. That’s why we’re so thrilled with this issue, our first ever to feature “A Day in Gay America.”

July 12 2010 5:00 AM

I consider myself fortunate in that in the 16 years since I came out of the closet, I’ve never been at a loss for reasons to have pride—especially come June. I was undeniably nervous when I attended my first Pride parade, in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. But as soon as the crowd surrounded me on the sidewalk and people just like me started marching down Broadway, I felt weightless. Years of insecurity washed off my shoulders.

May 10 2010 5:00 AM