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Big Problems In Puerto Rico
After prodding from activists, Puerto Rico’s new governor, Pedro Pierluisi, declared a state of emergency in January over rampant violence against women. Violence has surged against both trans and cis women during the pandemic as many women have been
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Talkin' About A Revolution
the new coffee-table book from photographer Magnus Hastings celebrates the expanding spectrum of queer identity and visibility in the face of an increasingly hostile and hateful political climate. Rainbow Revolution from Chronicle Books features a st
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Screen Queens
There’s a slow and persistent burn in Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come. The gorgeously spare period piece stars Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant) as Abigail and Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) as Tallie, two women battling the harsh elements in 19th-c
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The Details Are Unprintable
IT WAS SUPPOSED to be one last goodbye for Eduardo Tirella (right), a onetime performer and popular milliner who hung with Frank Sinatra before becoming a talented decorator, art curator, and in middle age, a promising movie set designer. Tirella, a
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Black Is The New Leadership
KIERRA JOHNSON, a Black bisexual woman, became the LGBTQ Task Force’s executive director in January. She previously served two years as deputy executive director and prior to that served on its board of directors. IMANI RUPERT-GORDON, the Black lesbi
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Trans Actress Glows in Very Queer Pregnancy Comedy
In Together Together, Ed Helms and Patti Harrison play an unlikely pair of friends who bond when Harrison’s character becomes a gestational surrogate carrying Helms’s baby. The trans actress shines in her role as Anna, swinging from expressive to dea
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Editor's Letter
WHEN I CAME out in 1986, there was a pernicious myth that lesbians and gay men simply did not get along, that we had nothing in common and sometimes even hated each other. I was a baby lesbian prone to belting Evita’s “High Flying Adored” with the ga
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Kehlani Is On Cloud Nine
Kehlani is a powerhouse all-around. Queer women are the future of music, and no one captures that spirit more than the Oakland, Calif.-born singer-songwriter and mom to a two-year-old child. In the seven years since Kehlani released her debut mixtape
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Their Impact Endures
A Puerto Rican-born activist who worked with LGBTQ+ organizations from coast to coast, Carmen Vázquez died January 24 of COVID-19 complications at age 72. She was the founding director of the Women’s Building in San Francisco and helped establish the
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Da Brat Goes Public
Rap legend Da Brat says that coming out as gay has “been a weight lifted” and she couldn’t be happier to be public about her relationship with Jesseca Dupart, CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. When it came time to share the news with the world, the
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Higher Ground
As so many have, Renee Gagnon took her first hit of weed when she was a teen. She had just moved to Canada’s British Columbia province, an area famous for its cultivation of the plant. She was a fan but never thought she’d get involved in marijuana p
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Staging A Revolution
ACTOR PETER KIM FIRST met playwright Radha Blank around 10 years ago when he was recruited to be a dialect coach for one of her projects. The pair “hit it off right off the bat,” he recalls. Blank developed a creative rapport with him, asking for his
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Women Of The Year
Annie Segarra, who uses the online moniker of Annie Elainey (@annieelainey), is an artist, YouTuber, and activist for LGBTQ+ and disability rights. Segarra, who describes herself as “a chronically ill, disabled, queer, Latinx, woman of color,” advoca
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The Advocate
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Diane Anderson-Minshall EDITOR IN CHIEF Tracy E. Gilchrist DIGITAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Neal Broverman DIGITAL SENIOR EDITOR Daniel Reynolds SENIOR POLITICS EDITOR Trudy Ring MANAGING EDITOR Desirée Guerrero AS
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Austin Evolving
Austin Crute represents the next generation of LGBTQ+ talent. With his latest role, as Lane on ABC’s new sitcom Call Your Mother, Crute is one of the few out actors on prime-time network television playing a queer character. As a 25-year-old gay Blac
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How My Best Friend (and Britney Spears) Saved Me More Than Once
AS SOMEONE WHO cut his queer teeth in the early 2000s era of Will & Grace, I was unfortunately subjected to the nauseating stereotype of the girl and her best gay friend. I have always been quite repulsed by the notion that gay men were some sort of
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Punky’s Perfect Family
WHILE LIVING IN quarantine, actress Jasika Nicole (Fringe, The Good Doctor) is finding ways to be happy. “My family has remained healthy throughout this, which honestly is the most stressful to me because they all live in a different state,” she says
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Out Officials At The Party
It’s often been said that people who’ve traditionally been excluded from power want a place at the table — and in President Joe Biden’s administration, LGBTQ+ Americans are finding those places in abundance. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are
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7 Queer Artists To Transport You
Get lost in the raw power, angst, and soul of Kaleena Zanders. The eclectic pop artist channels EDM, blues, punk, rock, and more in her music, with a striking vulnerability. “Growing up, I’ve hidden behind a facade of not being myself, not being open
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Prom Queen
“I just want to dance with you,” the character Emma Nolan sings to her girlfriend, Alyssa Greene, in a romantic number in The Prom. It’s a simple love song in a scene that feels as though it were plucked from the heyday of the American musical film.
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3 At Woman Magic
In 2020, when much of the world was shuttered, Javicia Leslie became a superhero. In July, she landed the lead, Ryan Wilder, in the CW’s Batwoman. As a Black bisexual woman portraying the queer Batwoman, she became a first for visibility on several f
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Drag Queens, Superheroes, And Villains… Oh My!
Cheyne Gallarde, a multifaceted artist born and raised in Hawaii, was an award-winning fashion photographer before he became an illustrationist. His nostalgic work reimagines superheroes and villains, celebrating the sentimental look and grit of vint
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7 Queer Artists Who’ll Rock You In 2021
There’s something timeless about Omar Apollo’s tunes. The Mexican-American singer-songwriter pairs neo-soul elements with funky electric guitar riffs and 808s (beats) to create otherworldly tracks that take you to another dimension while exploring th
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Irreversible Damage
With a doozy of a name like Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Abigail Shrier’s debut work of nonfiction is bound to generate much talk, little of which is likely to move beyond its dubious synopsis, its brutally insen
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Call Me by Your Mom
THERE HAS BEEN quite a bit of discussion around exactly how much importance or emphasis should be placed on gender when raising a child. As a new parent, I want to make sure that my daughter’s environment is always conducive to all gender expression
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Climb Every Mountain
When Cason Crane, now 28, was about 18 years old, he was climbing Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. There, he encountered an obstacle he had never met before while ascending: homophobia. Denali is already “the most physically rigorous” o
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All About That Ace
When given additional options to describe their sexual orientation, asexual youth further selected: 15% Demisexual 9% Polyamorous 9% Greysexual Asexual LGBTQ+ youth reported slightly greater rates of anxiety and depression than LGBTQ+ youth who did n
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Goodbye, Jan Morris, Explorer Of Realms
Jan Morris, who died in November 2020 at 94, is best known as the courageous journalist who accompanied the first successful summit of Mount Everest. Morris went on to write books and articles that guided readers through Wales, many other lands, the
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Justice Takes a Holiday
In 1948, blues legend Billie Holiday was released from a stint of several months in a federal penitentiary. She had been imprisoned, allegedly for her drug use, but in reality on a drummed-up charge aimed at silencing the woman who dared to sing abou
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The Linguistic Explorer
As a child in a deeply religious family in Tennessee, future linguist and anthropologist Dr. K. David Harrison was certain of two things. “I knew I was gay. “I knew I was gay. I knew I wanted to be an explorer,” he tells The Advocate. The only proble
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