John MacConnell, who created the stunning image of Governor Cuomo on our cover, feels deeply rooted in the LGBT community. Not only was he at the legendary Stonewall Inn when the announcement came in that the state of New York had voted in marriage equality, he just happened to be front and center in a photograph of celebrants that appeared on one of the most iconic newspaper covers documenting the historic event. Along with the news, it was an image that went around the world.In addition to designing covers and appearing on them, MacConnell does freelance drawing, painting, and digital art. He’s also a professor at Long Island University teaching illustration and design, and he works full-time for Harlem United, a nonprofit providing HIV prevention, housing, and care services for homeless New Yorkers.The artist says he was ecstatic to be asked to work on our cover. “This is an important issue of The Advocate, and I feel so fortunate that I’m able to be a part of this incredible moment in history.”Take a peek at some of MacConnell's work in the following pages.
The sun shines bright on this 90-mile stretch of Mediterranean seaside villages that has been—for nearly three millennia—the summer playground for Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors, and Spaniards. Here come the gays.
In a curious twist, being “single” may ease some of the pain of paying for college.
How can the Catholic Church say it’s protecting children while throwing out hundreds of adoption and foster care cases?
The all-female Spelman College, one of the premier historically black colleges in the U.S., has been a part of gay history since its establishment in 1881. Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles, who were believed to be longtime partners, established the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, which eventually evolved into Spelman. A century later the college became the first historically black school to offer a women’s studies major, and in 1983 it became the first such institution with an LGBT center.
Since the first gay games in 1982, athletes and sports lovers have flocked to destinations around the world for the big event, bringing an influx of cash from spectators, athletes, and sponsors. However the financial hangovers from the games in New York in 1994, Amsterdam in 1998, and Sydney, Australia, in 2002 have taken some of the shine off the organization’s reputation in recent years.