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Getting personal.

One of the greatest strengths of the Internet is the way it levels the playing field. Anyone can make a personal Web site and give their voice the same worldwide exposure as Focus on the Family or the White House. And today, it seems that everyone has a cool way to introduce themselves. Here are some of our favorites:

Christian McLaughlin, author of Sex Toys of the Gods and creator of MTV's Spyder Games, has a personal site awash with bizarre stories of celebrity encounters and a childhood of trashy Jackie Collins novels. Don't miss the "Unauthorized Shit List" section of http://www.christian-mclaughlin.com, where McLaughlin trashes the mean teachers that terrorized his formative years.

If the dishyness of McLaughlin's site is too much, visit http://www.geocities.com/distractiongir/, a low-key look at the tumultuous inner workings of an 18-year-old lesbian named Valerie. Explore the intimate site and its surprisingly insightful journal: Recent entries range from ramblings about working retail to touching and honest thoughts on friendship, love, and changing the world.

Taking a different approach is Brad Graham, whose "Bradlands" site is a labor of love from one of the funniest gay men in St. Louis. "The Daily Brad" section features slices of Graham's life packed into one easy-to-read loaf; his wry (rye?) observations make http://www.bradlands.com a daily must-visit.

But enough about everyone else. If these sites inspire you to spread your own message across the World Wide Web, check out Blogger, at http://www.blogger.com. It's the coolest way to keep your own online journal.

QUICK HITS

* "The UK Angels" is a photo gallery and collection of links featuring England's sexiest transgendered women. http://www.theangels.co.uk/

* "Spoonfed:amerika" is an online literary 'zine for emerging gay artists and features their art, photography, and comics. http://www.spoonfedamerika.com

--By Eric Mueller. Send tips and URL's to emueller@advocate.com
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Title Annotation:some favorite personal Web sites
Author:Mueller, Eric
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 17, 2001
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