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.
Comedian's Billboard Taunts Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka
August 20 2014 1:26 PM ET

God Wages Ad Campaign Against Westboro

Michelle Garcia

The person or people behind God's social media accounts say the Westboro Baptist Church has been putting words in his mouth.

Michelle Duggar Gets Verdict in Her Quest Against LGBT Ordinance in Ark.
August 20 2014 1:24 PM ET

Michelle Duggar Gets Verdict In Quest Against LGBT Protections

Parker Marie Molloy

Though 19 Kids and Counting star Michelle Duggar recorded a robocall in opposition to an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, city councilmembers in Fayetteville, Ark., voted in favor of the bill 6-2.

Federal Judge Rules Indiana Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
August 20 2014 12:00 PM ET August 20 2014 3:33 PM ET

Federal Judge Rules Indiana Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Sunnivie Brydum

The same judge who ruled against the state's ban on marriage equality affirmed that decision Tuesday in a separate case, requiring Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

40 Under 40: Carmen Carrera Is a Model for Trans Equality
August 20 2014 10:00 AM ET

Carmen Carrera Is a Model for Trans Equality

Daniel Reynolds

The Entertainers: Carmen Carrera is a trans model who is blazing trails in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.

40 Under 40: Tyler Glenn Is Mormon, Gay, and That's OK
August 20 2014 8:00 AM ET

Tyler Glenn Is Mormon, Gay, and That's OK

Jase Peeples

The Entertainers: The Mormon Church may be early in evolving its views on LGBT equality, but Neon Trees front man Tyler Glenn’s coming out as a proud gay Mormon may be the spark the church needs.

40 Under 40: Laura Jane Grace Doesn't Apologize for Being Herself
August 20 2014 6:00 AM ET

Laura Jane Grace Doesn't Apologize for Being Herself

Parker Marie Molloy

The Entertainers: Band front woman Laura Jane Grace is delivering on her promise not to become a demure shrinking violet after coming out as trans.

40 Under 40: Heather Cronk Reminds Politicians That LGBT Rights Have Urgency
August 19 2014 8:40 PM ET

Heather Cronk Is a Reminder Our Rights Can't Wait

Trudy Ring

The Fighters: Heather Cronk and the team at GetEqual show a passion with roots in the activist days of the 1980s and '90s.

Don Lemon Speaks Out on Discriminatory Policing
August 19 2014 6:15 PM ET

Don Lemon Speaks Out on Discriminatory Policing

Rebecca Juro

The out CNN journalist sees racism and abuse of police power in Ferguson, Mo.

Michfest Has a Few Demands Of Its Own
August 19 2014 5:03 PM ET

Michfest Has a Few Demands Of Its Own

Parker Marie Molloy

With another festival come and gone, Michfest founder and organizer Lisa Vogel laid out a list of 'demands' she'd like her critics to meet.

LISTEN: '19 Kids and Counting' Star Records Transphobic Robocall
August 19 2014 2:17 PM ET

LISTEN: 19 Kids and Counting Star Records Transphobic Robocall

Parker Marie Molloy

Continuing her family's tradition of opposing LGBT causes, 19 Kids and Counting star Michelle Duggar speaks out against an Arkansas nondiscrimination bill.

Op-ed: Dear Thought Catalog, I Am Not a 'Mentally Ill Gay'
August 19 2014 2:03 PM ET

Dear Thought Catalog, I Am Not a 'Mentally Ill Gay'

Parker Marie Molloy

Against my better judgment, I gave the purveyors of relevant thinking a second chance. Now, along with 50 others, I'm asking for my work to be permanently deleted from the site.

N.J. School Reverses Position, Will Let Trans Teen Attend As Girl She Is
August 19 2014 1:39 PM ET

N.J. School Decides to Let Trans Girl Attend As Herself

Parker Marie Molloy

After school officials reportedly told a 13-year-old trans girl that she could only attend school if she dressed and acted like a boy, several LGBT groups stepped in on her behalf.

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