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.
Houston Trans Woman Beaten, Officials Offer Lukewarm Response
November 25 2014 4:29 PM ET

Houston Trans Woman Beaten on TDOR

Mitch Kellaway

As Houston lawmakers continue to debate the HERO antidiscrimination ordinance, trans resident Thailand Warr says police didn't address her being viciously attacked by seven youths with the seriousness it merits.

Antigay Activist: Buy My 'No Such Thing as Gay' Book
November 25 2014 4:15 PM ET

Antigay Activist: Buy My 'No Such Thing as Gay' Book

Trudy Ring

Leading homophobe Linda Harvey is touting Maybe He's Not Gay as the perfect holiday-season gift.

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year
November 25 2014 4:00 PM ET

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year

Dawn Ennis

GQ's Jim Nelson says one of the reasons the pope merits praise is that he doesn't think gays and lesbians are evil.

LGBT Community Responds to Ferguson Decision
November 25 2014 3:19 PM ET

How We Are Responding to Ferguson

Sunnivie Brydum

More than five decades before #Ferguson, out activist James Baldwin knew that 'hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.'

5 James Baldwin Quotes That Foreshadowed Ferguson
November 25 2014 1:04 PM ET

5 James Baldwin Quotes Foreshadowing Ferguson 

Daniel Reynolds

Several pundits and publications have referenced the gay and black writer, whose words remain relevant in describing race issues in America.

New Suicide Hotline Dedicated to Trans People Now Open for Calls
November 25 2014 11:48 AM ET

New Suicide Hotline Dedicated to Trans People Now Open for Calls

Mitch Kellaway

San Francisco-based Trans Lifeline has collected an all-trans staff of volunteers who aim to make the crisis hotline experience more comfortable and accessible for trans callers.

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates
November 25 2014 11:40 AM ET

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military

Michelle Garcia

Chuck Hagel spent two years as Defense secretary, but plenty is still left to be done to bring full LGBT equality to the military.

PHOTOS: Explore 'Genderqueer' and Other Genders Beyond the Binary
November 25 2014 7:00 AM ET November 26 2014 1:15 AM ET

PHOTOS: Explore Genderqueer, More Beyond the Binary

Mitch Kellaway

Dave Naz shows off the gender spectrum in his contemplative new photo book, Gendequeer: And Other Gender Identities.

Op-ed: It's Not a Gay Wedding or Straight Wedding — It's Just a Wedding
November 25 2014 5:39 AM ET

Op-ed: It's Not a Gay or Straight Wedding — It's Just a Wedding

Laurie Hart

A discriminatory Bay Area photography shop that won't shoot any couples in order to avoid photographing same-sex couples is getting left behind by its industry.

Is the 'Not Gay No More' Guy for Real?
November 25 2014 4:00 AM ET

Is the 'Not Gay No More' Guy for Real?

Stevie St. John

He declared his deliverance and his love for "women women women women" in a video that went viral, then put remixed audio on sale. It's got to be a joke ... right?

Has Support for Marriage Equality Declined?
November 24 2014 8:12 PM ET

Has Support for Marriage Equality Declined?

Trudy Ring

Exit poll numbers from this month's election indicated less support than other surveys — but maybe because the electorate skewed Republican.

Texas Marriage Plaintiffs: Lift Ban Immediately
November 24 2014 7:15 PM ET

Texas Marriage Plaintiffs: Lift Ban Immediately

Trudy Ring

The judge who struck down the state's marriage ban in February put his ruling on hold, but much has changed since then, say the plaintiffs and their attorney.

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