A Grandmother’s Remarkable Life And Difficult Death
September 11, 2017

My beloved grandmother died the other day. Her remarkable, nearly century-long life and difficult death raised issues that many of us have faced, or will. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Hideous Hypocrisy Of BDS And Allegations Of ‘Pinkwashing’
June 5, 2017

“The hideous hypocrisy of those who hate Israel knows no bounds.” That indictment of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, along with its supporters in the “Pinkwashing Israel” group, came this week from Evan Cohen, who heads an LGBT organization called “Likud Pride” within the ruling Israeli political party. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Gay Crisis In Chechnya
April 10, 2017

It’s well known that for years, the Islamist barbarians of ISIS have been tossing gay men off the roofs of buildings, then pelting them with heavy rocks on the ground if they were unfortunate enough to survive the plunge. They proudly post videos and photos of their despicable deeds on social media. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Gay Thought Police’ Like Soviet-Era Bullies
October 28, 2016

One of the core beliefs of the movement for LGBT equality has always been that anti-gay bullying, especially of young people, must end. And yet, in recent days, thousands of online comments and threats from LGBT people have been directed against two young gay men who expressed their opinions about the current presidential race. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Muslim Migrants A Threat To Us In LGBT Community
June 21, 2016

The unspeakable atrocity in Orlando last Sunday has opened the floodgates to a torrent of heated discussion about the reasons behind America’s deadliest mass shooting. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Creating Change Protest Was Pure Anti-Semitism
January 27, 2016

It could have been a scene from the early days of Nazi Germany: a raucous mob surrounding a gathering of Jews, chanting vicious slogans, screaming epithets, all the while their faces distorted by a hatred that is as irrational as it is stunning. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: PrEP Works, So Drop the Backlash
September 12, 2015

A recent study shows 100% resistance to HIV for participants on PrEP. Michael Lucas responds to the most frequently-repeated misinformation, and asks why there is resistance to this game-changing prevention technique. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Gay Thought Police Rum Amok | Commentary |
May 11, 2015

George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949. In 2015, his concept of Thought Police remains alive and well, including, it seems, in the gay community. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Anti-Semitism in Charges that Israel Trumps LGBT rights | Commentary |
April 30, 2015

As one of the world’s most successful purveyors of gay pornography, I am no stranger to harsh criticism. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Where Is the Outrage for Gays Killed by ISIS? | Commentary |
March 21, 2015

The backlash against Dolce and Gabbana last week was immediate, brutal, and covered by news outlets from The New York Times to The Advocate to E! Online. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Why I go to Israel | Commentary |
August 11, 2014

Last week I went to Israel as a tourist. Yes, as a tourist [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Where Larry Kramer Gets It Wrong on Truvada | Commentary |
May 29, 2014

For the countless gay people who have looked to Larry Kramer for decades as a leader against HIV and AIDS, this has been a difficult month [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Danger in Calling PrEP a "Party Drug" | Commentary |
April 14, 2014

In the last twelve months PrEP, the HIV-prevention strategy that relies on a medication called Truvada [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Weir Cares for Himself, Not LGBTs | Commentary |
September 13, 2013

Earlier this week, Johnny Weir, the flamboyant figure skater and self-proclaimed "Russophile," sat down for a televised interview [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Nikolai Alexeyev: The Kremlin’s New Pocket Gay | Commentary |
August 28, 2013

If you’ve been reading the news about LGBT oppression in Russia, you’ve surely come across Alexeyev’s name [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Why Are We Not Talking About PrEp? | Commentary |
June 24, 2013

A month ago, I began taking a blue pill each day, called Truvada. It's a combination of two of the three antiretroviral medications [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Rape Behind Bars | Commentary |
June 13, 2013

Imagine that you are a trapped in a world of men who take pleasure in harming and demeaning you [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Friends of Hugo Chavez | Commentary |
March 12, 2013

Venezuela’s longtime president, who died of cancer March 5, was one of the world’s most vocal and persistent critics of the United States [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Gays In The New, Complicated Tunisia | Commentary |
December 4, 2012

It is hard to get a real sense of the world until you have actually seen, heard, and touched it [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: I Can't Be a Gay Republican (Yet) | Commentary |
October 23, 2012

Here’s the simple truth: I’m not a Republican. And here’s the less simple truth: I wish I could be [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: An Airbrushed Jordan for the Gay Traveler | Commentary |
September 19, 2012

Last week, The Advocate ran a travel article online that was not just deceptive but potentially dangerous. I feel compelled to respond [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Anderson Cooper, At Last | Commentary |
September 2, 2012

So Anderson Cooper has finally come out. That's great, it really is, but it's not exactly news [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Anderson Cooper and the "Judas" Kiss | Commentary |
August 16, 2012

Most gay men know this: Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Reasons For Pride And Shame | Commentary |
June 23, 2012

It's Gay Pride week in New York, and this year we have a lot to celebrate [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: A Candle For Roman | Commentary |
April 24, 2012

Dror Barak's hot body was barely cold when the online vultures came to pick at him. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Israel and the Nukes of Hazard | Commentary |
April 9, 2012

Michael Lucas argues that, when faced with Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Israel should remember a lesson about whether the international community can be trusted with its security [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: What’s the Appropriate Word for This Column? | Commentary |
March 6, 2012

Michael Lucas says he’s tired of consulting the thought police’s official dictionary for which words are offensive and which are politically correct [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: What Makes Him Gay | Commentary |
December 10, 2011

Society’s double standard says that a straight woman who kisses another woman is part of the continuum of her sexuality; but if a straight guy messes around with a man, it’s cause for hasty label-making [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: The Hard Fall of the Arab Spring | Commentary |
November 16, 2011

After decades in power, a brutal dictator in a Muslim country is dramatically deposed by a massive popular uprising. Sound familiar? [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Why Gay Youth Need More Out Public Figures | Commentary |
October 11, 2011

Coming out is hard to do. Most things worth doing are. The first step, being honest with yourself about your sexuality, is often the hardest [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Live in a World Where Everyone Has HIV | Commentary |
September 27, 2011

Gay men accounted for 64% of all new HIV cases in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Michael Lucas offers a solution [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: ‘Poisonous’ anti-Israel lobby should not complain over LGBT meeting | Pink News
June 27, 2011

Michael Lucas is the best-known gay porn producer and director in the United States and a columnist for The Advocate. Here, he responds to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell’s argument that an LGBT youth conference should not be held in Israel [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Misplaced Lust | Commentary |
May 20, 2011

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli I get. But when The New York Times pronounced antigay Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois a gay icon, I was, well, Schocked. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Israeli Delegation's Shameful Decision at Gay Pride | Commentary |
April 20, 2011

Just as it takes courage to be an out gay person in this world, so it takes strength of character to proclaim an Israeli identity. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: It's Not About the Money | Commentary |
March 3, 2011

I wish I could have been there to see it. Last Tuesday, a handful of anti-Israeli activists' heads exploded when they found out that New York's LGBT Center had canceled their planned Israeli Apartheid Week shindig and barred them from meeting at the center ever again. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Gays Need a Drug Intervention | Commentary |
February 17, 2011

The ship was called the Allure of the Seas, and it was billed by Atlantis as the “largest gay cruise ever.” [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Democracy in Egypt a Myth? | Commentary |
January 31, 2011

Hope, freedom, and democracy — these are three words that have little or nothing to do with what’s happening in Egypt at the moment. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: When the Left Attacks | Commentary |
January 12, 2011

The moment the “Breaking News” banner went up on MSNBC, announcing the tragic shooting rampage in Tucson, the knee-jerk liberal invective hit the Twitter Face Space. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Putin Serenades Hollywood Lefties | Commentary |
December 17, 2010

The video scene is going viral: Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin, is ineptly playing the piano and painfully singing “Blueberry Hill” at a charity event this week in St. Petersburg. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Treat Pedophiles Humanely | Commentary |
November 15, 2010

Last Friday pedophilia was once again the talk of the airwaves. Network news anchors and the hosts on cable news went apoplectic about a self-published book called The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure for sale as an e-book in Amazon’s Kindle Store. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas on Reviving AIDS Art | Commentary |
November 4, 2010

I have been struck lately by the ubiquity of media in New York from the early part of the AIDS crisis. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas is Done With Russia | Commentary |
October 11, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, Russian authorities arrested Nikolai Alexeyev at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas vs. Ann Coulter | Commentary |
September 27, 2010

It's time for Ann Coulter to come out of the closet. Her right-wing followers would never know it, but she thinks gay people are just great. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas on Bad Journalism | Commentary |
September 23, 2010

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has now addressed the United Nations six times — Michael Lucas wants to know, Where are the tough [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: It Takes a Coulter | Commentary |
August 24, 2010

It’s time for the gay community to change its Facebook status from “in a relationship with Democrats” to “single.” [...] » Read Article

The Monument to Muslim Terrorism | Religion |
August 9, 2010

COMMENTARY: In New York City last week, the planned Islamic cultural center near ground zero was given the go-ahead, when the Landmarks Commission denied landmark status to the existing building on the proposed construction site [...] » Read Article

Marriage is a Bad Word | Commentary |
July 29, 2010

I got married to my boyfriend in October 2008 in Los Angeles, in that brief interlude when the California I got married to my boyfriend in October 2008 in Los Angeles, in that brief interlude when the California Supreme Court determined gay marriage was legal, and before the people of California approved Proposition 8 and made it illegal again. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas on Madrid's Bad Pride | Commentary |
June 23, 2010

On July 3, Madrid will hold its annual gay pride celebration. Undoubtedly, hundreds of thousands of gay men and some women will descend on Madrid from all over the world for a long weekend of parties, drugs, dance, and sex. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas: Europe's Trouble with Israel | People |
June 9, 2010

COMMENTARY: Porn entrepreneur and Advocate columnist Michael Lucas asks if Europe is retroactively justifying the Holocaust through its [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas on Russia's Pride Struggle | Commentary |
May 30, 2010

COMMENTARY: Porn entrepreneur and Advocate columnist Michael Lucas explains why Russia does not tolerate demonstrations of gay pride [...] » Read Article

Lucas: Don't Throw Israel Under the Bus | Commentary |
April 22, 2010

Michael Lucas says President Barack Obama should think twice before his administration makes a move to alienate Israel, a friend to the [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas on Supergays and Diversity | Commentary |
April 1, 2010

As an adult performer and entrepreneur, I receive, gratifyingly, a lot of respect in both the gay and the straight community. If I see discrimination, ironically, it’s mostly from our community. [...] » Read Article

Michael Lucas Wants to Take You to Israel | Travel |
March 9, 2010

He's taken many a gay man to heaven with adult films like Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita and Fire Island Cruising. Now, Michael Lucas want to take you to the [...] » Read Article

Leaderless | People |
February 6, 2010

Porn impresario Michael Lucas looks for the country's gay Martin Luther King, Jr.––– [...] » Read Article

Queers for Palestine? | Commentary |
October 7, 2009

Adult-film director Michael Lucas has a beef with all those queers for Palestine -- he suggests their embrace of the Palestinian cause implies that they [...] » Read Article

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