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Learning Curves
March 08 2010 5:00 AM ET

Learning Curves

Advocate Contributors

Brazil takes a leap forward with a government-backed “school of gay arts,” where students learn about wig preparation, costume creation, stand-up routines, and lip synching.

Editors Letter April 2010
March 08 2010 5:00 AM ET

Editors Letter April 2010

Jon Barrett

Welcome, Sean.

Editors Letter 1036
February 08 2010 10:00 AM ET

Editors Letter 1036

Jon Barrett

Jon Barrett shares a backstage view of the creative process involved in putting together the Portia De Rossi cover.

Fuzz Busters
January 13 2010 11:00 AM ET

Advocate Contributors

Windy City gays do battle with an infamous officer.

Editors Letter 1035
January 11 2010 11:00 AM ET

Jon Barrett

In February 1992, The Advocate 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.

The Gender Identity Divide
November 16 2009 8:40 PM ET

The Gender Identity Divide

Advocate.com Editors

Toni Beasley wanted this job — badly. She was once a certified nursing assistant, and ostensibly she had the qualifications for the post she was seeking: a peer health educator for an outreach program in downtown Los Angeles, where she would be counseling people on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Known by the transgender men and women in her Skid Row support group simply as Ms. Beasley, she’d lived in the neighborhood since 1998, in shelters or motels, sleeping in tents, a van, or county jail. She had struggled with drug abuse in the past, but Beasley was sober now, grateful for what she had, and sympathetic to transgender women in the area who survive on the streets, often through sex work.Getting dressed for the interview, however, Beasley had to make a choice — show up in her usual dress and a short-haired wig or wear a red button-down shirt with blue jeans, going sans wig, eye shadow, and lip gloss. “I went in as a boy,” she says. “I didn’t want to jeopardize it. I didn’t want them to look at me and think, I don’t believe you’re the best person for this position.You’ve got to get through that door first.” Beasley got the position, and then, on her first day on the job, arrived dressed as a woman. Her supervisor may have been shocked at first, but by then Beasley was already through the door and had the job, and she did it well.Not all transgender Americans find themselves in such predicaments. But even in California, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia, which have laws banning workplace discrimination based on both gender identity and sexual orientation, recent studies confirm what many experts long suspected to be true: Transgender individuals — and trans people of color in particular — face disproportionate rates of unemployment and poverty, both in comparison to the general population and in comparison to gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.Perhaps most striking, preliminary findings of a national survey of 6,450 transgender people, released in September by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, found that 97% of respondents experienced on-the-job harassment, ranging from colleagues repeatedly using the incorrect pronoun as a means of mocking to outright physical and sexual assaults. And the abuse takes place on all rungs of the ladder — from the minimum-wage doughnut shop employee whose boss insists her appearance makes her unsuitable to work at the front counter to the legislative aide fired for transitioning. “Gender nonconformity has always been the major reason why [LGBT] people are being harassed,” says Lisa Mottet, the Task Force’s transgender civil rights project director.

People of the Year Pedro Almodovar Craig Zadan Neil Meron
November 11 2009 11:00 AM ET

Advocate Contributors

The Advocate's People of the Year series continues with director Pedro Almodóvar. activist Shirley Tan, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Neil Patrick Harris and activist Cleve Jones.

Rumor Has It
November 09 2009 11:00 AM ET

Rumor Has It

Josh Kilmer-Purcell

  As the decade draws to a close, we look back at gays outed with a little help from their enemies.

Editors Letter December January 2010
November 09 2009 11:00 AM ET

Editors Letter December January 2010

Jon Barrett

Amid a year of steep financial losses that affected many, there was still a glimmer of hope on the horizon of marriage equality.

The Advocates: Quince and Repeat
October 09 2009 10:00 AM ET

Anita Lo

Discover Quince, Bacon of the Month Club  

Capital Gains
October 07 2009 10:00 AM ET

Sarah Wildman

  One of the nation’s most respected gay newspapers celebrates four decades of looping in the Beltway. 

November Editors Letter
October 07 2009 6:00 AM ET

November Editors Letter

Jon Barrett

Sometimes it's time to turn off the computer and run for it.

Editors Letter
September 09 2009 8:00 AM ET

Editors Letter

Jon Barrett

Editor in Chief Jon Barrett traces his own evolution alongside the evolution of reality TV.

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