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.
Facebook Apologizes for 'Real Name' Policy
October 01 2014 4:10 PM ET October 02 2014 11:20 AM ET

Facebook Apologizes for 'Real Name' Policy

Sunnivie Brydum

The social media giant clarified its policy today, saying it has always intended to encourage users to appear under their 'authentic name.'

Holder's Final Vow to Supreme Court: Uphold Marriage Equality
October 01 2014 3:31 PM ET

What Is Eric Holder's Final Vow Before Supreme Court?

Matt Baume

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder says that he expects the Department of Justice to stand behind gay and lesbian couples seeking the freedom to marry before the Supreme Court.

Right-Wingers Claim Gay Republicans Are 'Wrong,' 'Terrible Role Models'
October 01 2014 3:30 PM ET

Right-Wingers Claim Gay Republicans Fundamentally 'Wrong'

Trudy Ring

Two gay candidates for the U.S. House and a gay-friendly nominee for the Senate are 'wrong on critical, foundational issues,' say the archconservative organizations.

WATCH: Carmen Carrera and Geena Rocero Want You to Be 'Gender Proud'
October 01 2014 2:15 PM ET

WATCH: Carmen Carrera Wants You to Be 'Gender Proud'

Mitch Kellaway

A new PSA draws attention to a truly global issue: strict requirements for updating one's legal identification.

Op-ed: Think Before You Tweet 'Homophobe'
October 01 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Think Before You Tweet 'Homophobe'

Karamo Brown

Reality TV isn't always what it appears to be, says a gay former cast member from MTV's The Real World.

The New 'Republicans Are People Too' Twitter Campaign Is An Epic Fail
October 01 2014 7:00 AM ET

The Epic Fail of New 'Republicans Are People Too' Campaign

Jami Smith

The GOP needs a new social media expert because its new Twitter campaign isn't going so well.

Op-ed: What Barney Frank Still Gets Wrong on ENDA
October 01 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: What Barney Frank Still Gets Wrong on ENDA

Parker Marie Molloy

Former congressman Barney Frank is sticking by the decision to exclude transgender workers from protection under ENDA in 2007. Here's why that's still problematic.

Read This Mich. Democrat's Epic Response to Antigay Group's 'Pile of Excrement'
September 30 2014 4:38 PM ET

Read Democrat's Epic Reply to Antigay Org's 'Pile of Excrement'

Sunnivie Brydum

'The Homosexual Lobby has already dug their fabulously manicured claws into me,' Josh Derke wrote in response to an antigay group's 'Michigan Family Values Survey.'

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent in Three Years
September 30 2014 3:58 PM ET

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent

Trudy Ring

By the end of 2013, there were an estimated 130,000 married same-sex couples in the U.S., a 50 percent increase from three years earlier, says a new Williams Institute study.

Outrage After Major Minn. Paper Sells Transphobic Coalition Full-Page Ad
September 30 2014 3:30 PM ET

Outrage Follows Minn. Paper's Full-Page Transphobic Ad

Mitch Kellaway

The state's largest newspaper faces pushback from readers disgusted by a hateful ad paid for by a known antitrans hate group.

Transgender College Student Attacked in Possible Hate Crime
September 30 2014 12:11 PM ET

Trans College Student Attacked in Possible Hate Crime

Parker Marie Molloy

The 20-year-old suspect claims the attack on a transgender SUNY Geneseo student was the result of 'drunken stupidness,' but some are pushing the local district attorney to pursue hate crime charges.

10 Transgender Kings and Queens Who Ruled the School
September 30 2014 7:00 AM ET October 13 2014 2:30 PM ET

11 Trans Kings and Queens Who Ruled the School

Mitch Kellaway

Those crowns never looked better than on these inspiring transgender students, making history on homecoming and prom courts across the country.

The Cowboy State’s First Transgender Candidate
September 30 2014 6:53 AM ET

The Cowboy State’s First Transgender Candidate

Brian Bixler

Larissa Sneider may be a long shot in Wyoming, but she's willing to put up a fight.