Politics

In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, The Advocate reports on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin and their work to advance the causes of the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Find out about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
U.S. Transgender Military Ban to End in May

U.S. Transgender Military Ban Could Fall in May

A new memo from the Department of Defense reportedly lays out a prospective timeline that would allow transgender Americans to serve openly by May 27.

WATCH: Walter Mercado Analyzes Señor Donald Trump's Political Future

Walter Mercado Looks at Señor Trump's Political Future

On YouTube, celeb astrologer Walter Mercado addresses Donald Trump's anti-immigrant statements, calling his political future 'slim.'

WATCH: Can You Spot the Lies in These Ted Cruz Videos?

Can You Spot the Lies in These Ted Cruz Videos?

The Republican presidential candidate and his supporters are spreading lies and half-truths about 'persecution' of antigay Christians.

Ellen Page Faces Off With Antigay Ted Cruz About LGBT Rights at Iowa State Fair

WATCH: Ellen Page vs. Ted Cruz on LGBT Rights

The actress, who came out in 2014, confronted the Republican presidential candidate about LGBT rights.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders Slams 'Very Smart' Divisive Antigay Republicans

Bernie Sanders Slams Divisive Antigay Republicans

But the Democratic presidential hopeful and Independent Senator from Vermont refused to bad-mouth rival Hillary Clinton.

Civil Rights, Religious Groups Ask Obama: Fix Bush-Era Changes to Religious Freedom Act

Groups Ask Obama: Fix Religious Freedom Act

The act was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993, then reinterpreted in a 2007 memo by Bush administration lawyers to offer protection to religious organizations that discriminated in hiring.

Illinois Governor Signs 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Into Law

Illinois Governor Signs 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Into Law

Illinois joins California, New Jersey, Oregon, and D.C. in banning use of the discredited, harmful practice on minors.

Storming the Stage: A History of Disruptions to Advance Our Rights

Storming the Stage: A History of Disruptions to Advance Our Rights

The protester who interrupted President Obama in June was part of a long history of direct action in the LGBT movement.

Antigay Discrimination Bill Endorsed by Republican National Committee

RNC Endorses Antigay Discrimination Bill

The legislation, aimed at countering the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage, is called the First Amendment Defense Act.

Obama Appoints First Trans Woman to White House Post
August 19 2015 1:54 PM ET

First Trans Woman of Color Appointee in White House

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will be the first transgender appointee to work in the White House.

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