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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.
Transphobic Calif. Coalition Reveals True Motive: Intolerance of 'Damaging Lifestyles'
November 15 2013 5:03 PM ET

Transphobic Coalition Reveals Intolerance of 'Damaging Lifestyles'

Sunnivie Brydum

Privacy for All Students, the right-wing coalition trying to repeal California's transgender student law, revealed its sinister motives in an online conversation with LGBT activist and blogger Jeremy Hooper.

Senate Unanimously Confirms Gay Ambassador to Dominican Republic
November 15 2013 3:27 PM ET

Senate Unanimously Confirms Gay Ambassador to Dominican Republic

Daniel Reynolds

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Senate has confirmed James “Wally” Brewster as the ambassador to the Dominican Republic, despite recent protests from antigay groups in the Caribbean nation.

Ill. Catholic Bishop to Exorcise Spirit of Marriage Equality
November 15 2013 2:08 PM ET

Ill. Catholic Bishop to Exorcise Spirit of Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Same-sex marriage comes from the devil, and therefore the new law merits an exorcism service, claims Bishop Thomas Paprocki.

Sen. Kirk Blocks Antigay Panel in Capitol Offices
November 15 2013 1:45 PM ET

Sen. Kirk Blocks Antigay Panel in Capitol Offices

Sunnivie Brydum

The Illinois Republican said he 'doesn't affiliate with groups that discriminate.' Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner found them a new place to meet.

GLAAD Urges N.Y. Gov. to Help Trans New Yorkers Get Needed Health Care
November 15 2013 1:08 PM ET

GLAAD Urges N.Y. Gov. to Help Trans New Yorkers Get Needed Health Care

Jase Peeples

GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are urging people to call for the repeal of New York State Medicaid’s new regulation excluding transgender New Yorkers from its program.

Reigning Miss Universe Says Trans Women Should Have Beauty Pageants of Their Own
November 14 2013 6:02 PM ET

Miss Universe: Trans Women Should Have Their Own Pageant

Jase Peeples

The recently crowned winner of the Miss Universe Pageant says trans woman should not be allowed to compete for the title because the contest is 'made for women.'

Judge Refuses to Block Hawaii Marriage Equality
November 14 2013 5:00 PM ET

Judge Refuses to Block Hawaii Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto today declined to issue a restraining order to keep the state's new law from going into effect.

WATCH: Boehner Sees 'No Basis or Need' for ENDA
November 14 2013 3:10 PM ET

WATCH: Boehner Sees 'No Basis or Need' for ENDA

Sunnivie Brydum

The speaker of the House told reporters he doesn't see any reason to enact federal laws protecting workers from getting fired for being LGBT.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on GOP's Reluctance to Support Marriage Equality
November 14 2013 2:03 PM ET

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Dissects GOP on Equality

Jase Peeples

'As public opinion goes [on marriage equality], this is a public opinion train that has left the station,' the 'Rachel Maddow Show' host said Tuesday.

Student Omitted From Yearbook — Possibly for Tuxedo
November 13 2013 5:15 PM ET

Student Omitted From Yearbook — Possibly for Tuxedo

Michelle Garcia

A transgender high school student in Texas was told his yearbook photo was rejected because he wore a tuxedo.

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