The Advocate is a trailblazing publication that was created in 1967 following America's first known riot in protest of LGBT harassment at the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles. That year, two and a half years before Stonewall, The Advocate began as a newsletter to inform LGBT citizens of their rights in case of arrest. For the past 49 years, The Advocate has become the LGBT periodical of record – pioneering LGBT journalism with articles written by seasoned LGBT journalists devoted to reporting on issues from a LGBT perspective. During the AIDS epidemic editors worked tirelessly to convince gay and straight celebrities to use the magazine as a vehicle to comfort a readership that one former Editor-In-Chief says was, 'choking on the self-hate most straight institutions were spewing at them about AIDS.' In the early 90s and 2000s – The Advocate was an unwavering platform of LGBT visibility – helping k.d. lang, George Michael, Chaz Bono and Melissa Etheridge come out, while giving icons like Ellen DeGeneres and allies like Hillary Clinton and President Obama an open forum to speak out. Well before every single LGBT social and civil rights victory was fought in the mainstream, it was featured – in depth - within the trailblazing pages of The Advocate.