Celebrities hit the red carpet at the Advocate‘s 45th anniversary bash at the plush Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Launched in 1967 as a mimeographed broadsheet warning gay bar patrons of police raids, the magazine has come a long way, virtually paralleling the breakthroughs of the modern gay-rights movement. As boldface names like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Macy Gray (above) and Dustin Lance Black mixed and mingled, other luminaries—including Larry Kramer, Judith Light and Ricky Martin—gave taped testimonials to the power of the magazine’s reach.
Queerty congratulates all the Advocate editors and writers who weathered postal censors, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, economic downturns and more to produce the magazine nearly without interruption for more than four decades. Yet like many dead-tree publications, the print edition that once changed the world for the better is now a shadow of its former self. (A few thin, forlorn issues lay scattered, untouched, on cocktail tables.) But in recent years, the Advocate has reinvented itself as a successful online entity that covers a wide range of topics and draws a huge audience–a readership, in fact, that closely rivals the one reached by your very own Queerty!
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