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Gabriel Rotello is an LA-based documentarian and journalist who has written, produced and directed numerous films and series for HBO, Showtime, Bravo, The History Channel, Cinemax, AMC and other networks. Rotello was the founding editor-in-chief of OutWeek Magazine. In 1992 he became the first openly gay man to be named as a columnist for a major American newspaper, New York Newsday.

He has been a columnist for The Advocate, and has contributed to The NY Times, The LA Times, Out Magazine, The Village Voice, The Nation, The New Scientist and many other publications. He received the GLAAD Media Award as Outstanding Journalist of the Year in 1995. His landmark book "Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men" was published by Dutton in 1997.

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What I Never Told Nora Ephron About Mike McAlary

(6) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 10:39 PM

I loved Nora Ephron as a writer, and I was very sorry when she died last year. I had always dreamed about meeting her and becoming really good friends, and now that was never going to happen. Plus, I just liked to read anything and everything she wrote, and now...

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Why a Supreme Court Marriage Victory Won't Spark a Backlash

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Some pundits are predicting that we're in for a serious backlash if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states. And they're using the 1973 example of Roe v. Wade to make their case.

According to this analysis, one reason why abortion became such a burning issue over...

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Drag Queens Don't Get Fat

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 8:09 PM

The fabulous Simon Doonan has a new book out called Gay Men Don't Get Fat, which purportedly proves that gay men -- with our fashion sense, knack for accessories, and caloric, if not colonic, wisdom -- are actually French women. Now, I normally consider Simon infallible on matters fashionable and...

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Saving Mount Wilson

(11) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 3:55 PM

A couple of years ago I was hired to write a screenplay about Edwin Hubble and his assistant Milton Humason, who between them revolutionized humankind's view of the universe.

Working from the Mt. Wilson observatory that looms in the distance over Los Angeles, they discovered that the blurry patches...

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The New York Times on Peak Oil - Don't Worry, Be Happy

(35) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 11:58 AM

For those who follow the debate over Peak Oil - the idea that world oil production is peaking or is about to peak, and will then decline with disastrous results for the global economy - this has been a banner year for the Peak Oil side.

First, oil prices spiked...

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Earth Day and the Elephant in the Room

(6) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 12:05 PM

Well, another Earth Day has come and gone. And amid all the articles and blogs, symposia and TV specials about all the things we can do to save the planet, once again it was hard to find any substantive discussion of the single biggest threat to the environment.

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The Inauguration Cakewalk

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 5:59 PM

I could write a tribute of the day. But why write when you can...cakewalk?

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Obama's Gay Marriage Flip Flop: He Was For It Before He Was Against It

(26) Comments | Posted January 14, 2009 | 6:39 PM

Ah ha, I knew it! Barack Obama supports same-sex marriage after all. (Or at least he did before he set his sights on national office.)

That's the eye popping news this week from a gay newspaper in Chicago.

The Windy City Times dug through its archives and...

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Oil Prices and the Media: Why the Blackout on Peak Oil

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2008 | 4:13 PM

Every once in a while history reaches a point of real cognitive dissonance.

I'm beginning to wonder if we are such a point right now. I'm referring to the astounding rise in the price of oil over the last couple of years, the concept of 'peak oil,' and the...

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Israel: The Next 60 Years

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2008 | 4:48 PM

As Israel turns 60, a new obstacle is emerging to join all the other obstacles to the much-vaunted two-state solution. Namely, the fact that increasing numbers of Palestinians now dismiss a two-state solution in favor of a one-state solution in which the West Bank, Gaza and Israel become a unified...

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Ben Hur, RuPaul and Me

(8) Comments | Posted April 9, 2008 | 1:29 AM

When I was seven I had a huge crush on Charlton Heston, who died this week at 83. The chiseled jaw. The booming basso-profundo voice. The wiry physique. Just My type.

Of course, at seven I had no idea he was going to turn out to be such a...

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Will Smith, Hitler and the Holocaust's Unanswerable Question

(254) Comments | Posted December 27, 2007 | 5:40 PM

Will Smith found himself in hot water last week after making a statement to a Scottish newspaper that Adolph Hitler "didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he...

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If ENDA Doesn't Protect the Transgendered, It Doesn't Protect Me

(41) Comments | Posted October 4, 2007 | 6:18 PM

The decision by the Democratic leadership in Congress to eliminate transgendered people from ENDA, the bill to ban discrimination against gays in the workplace, has ignited a genuine firestorm in gay political circles.

It's heartening to see that LGBT activists are coming out of the woodwork to insist that any...

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The GLAAD Media Awards: Gays Now Welcome to Apply

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2007 | 4:17 PM

A few months ago I blogged on this space to criticize the fact that GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, did not allow the gay media to compete for its famous GLAAD Media Awards.

The subject came to light thanks to a letter circulated by here!TV's Stephen Macias,...

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Cheney Pacemaker Shocker: Docs Can't Find Heart

(10) Comments | Posted July 28, 2007 | 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON - Surgery on Vice President Dick Cheney's heart pacemaker was abruptly cancelled Saturday when doctors failed to find the organ in question.

"It's ze damnest thing," said Dr. Mengele von Odduch, Cheney's personal physician and spin doctor. "Ze last time vee looked, his heart was dark, shriveled und cold,...

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The Lies About Tammy Faye

(65) Comments | Posted July 24, 2007 | 1:32 PM

Tammy Faye's death this weekend brought a lot of sadness to the millions she touched, including me. But it also swamped me with a flood of happy memories.

Having co-produced Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's film The Eyes of Tammy Faye -- a documentary that in no small way...

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Deadly Error Alert: Andrew Sullivan's Latest AIDS Fantasy

(38) Comments | Posted July 2, 2007 | 1:21 PM

I recently blogged on this site to take issue with Andrew Sullivan for his relentless campaign to convince gay men that the AIDS epidemic is effectively over and to get us to stop worrying about HIV -- even though HIV transmission rates among gay men gallop along at tragic levels...

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Andrew Sullivan Declares the 'End of AIDS' - Again

(29) Comments | Posted June 25, 2007 | 1:10 PM

It's Gay Pride Month. That means parades, floats, garden parties -- and more articles by Andrew Sullivan proclaiming the 'end of AIDS.'

It's one of the most shockingly irresponsible claims ever made in the context of gay men and AIDS, and it represents a mindset whose consequences couldn't be...

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The Gruesome Death of Shorty Hall: Indiana's Matthew Shepard

(52) Comments | Posted June 14, 2007 | 12:33 PM

The story of a horrifying murder in rural Indiana has begun making the rounds of the blogs, where it's being compared to the crucifixion of Matthew Shepard.

But the story's twists and turns, as disgusting as they are tragic, have gone largely unreported outside blogs like Daily Kos and...

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Bush's Choice for Surgeon General: A World Class Gay Baiter

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2007 | 6:20 PM

President Bush nominated James Holsinger as the nation's new Surgeon General last week.

Dr. Holsinger's big focus is on childhood obesity -- a worthy cause -- and he is so widely regarded in the halls of power that The Economist called him "an entirely innocuous choice" and headlined its...

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