From the Editor

I was enthralled by the testimony offered in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. And even though I had to follow the proceedings on Twitter (since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked any broadcast of the trial), I felt the magnitude of the words spoken by the plaintiffs and their attorneys, Ted Olson and David Boies.

April 07 2010 5:00 AM

Sean Hayes has been on the cover of The Advocate before—in 1998, when he starred opposite Brad Rowe in Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss. But this is the first time he’s agreed to sit down for an interview with this magazine. In the 12 years since Hayes came to our attention, there’s been a lot of discussion about what we—­­­­­you and I—thought he owed us in terms of disclosure about his personal life. Was he or wasn’t he? And if he was, why the hell didn’t he talk about it?

March 08 2010 4:00 AM

Portia De Rossi first walked into my life when I was in my 20s and was so obsessed with Ally McBeal that I went so far as to answer a personal ad in the L.A. Weekly where a guy described himself as a “gay Ally McBeal.” After he returned my call, we talked for more than an hour—even through a small earthquake (sigh). But then, just as I was about to ask if we could meet in person, he declared, “I don’t think this will work. You’re too gay.”

February 08 2010 9:00 AM

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a donkey on the cover of The Advocate. That was in February 1992, when we asked, “Will the Democrats Screw Us in the Upcoming Presidential Election?” Funny how, 18 years and three presidents later, we’re still asking the same essential question.

As we went to press with this issue, Newsweek released its top 10 political predictions for 2010. Number 9: President Obama will make no move on gay rights this year—for fear that it could hurt Democrats’ chances in November.

January 11 2010 10:00 AM

One of the first things I did when I visited Berlin (to interview the city’s gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit) in 2003 was to find Nollendorfstrasse 17, the apartment house where Christopher Isherwood lived in the 1930s. His book The Berlin Stories, from which the musical Cabaret was adapted, had a profound effect on me as a young man. There was just something about the way he captured the dreamlike optimism of his queer cadre of friends and neighbors that appealed to me.

November 09 2009 10:00 AM

Writing this letter is often my last task as we close each issue of the magazine. And there’s been many a month when, after I finish writing, I feel like I need a vacation; deadlines are nerve-racking, and like most journalists, we at The Advocate push them as far as we possibly can. So I’m happy to report that as soon as I turn off my computer tonight, I’m packing my bags for Maui. I won’t be going for vacation, though. Instead I’m heading to the 50th state to run the AIDS Marathon—26.2 miles in support of AIDS Project Los Angeles.

October 07 2009 6:00 AM

I’ve been a fan of reality tv ever since I first knew it existed -- in 1992, when I was a closeted 23-year-old living alone in a studio apartment across the street from the Mormon temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I didn’t know anybody in town -- let alone anyone gay -- so imagine my delight when I turned on the TV and met Norman Korpi, the first of many gay cast members on MTV’s The Real World.

September 09 2009 8:00 AM

Advocate editor in chief Jon Barrett responds to letters, e-mails, and phone calls from readers questioning the decision to put Perez Hilton on the cover of the magazine's August issue.

July 06 2009 12:00 AM

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