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.
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.

WATCH: Trans Women Who Survived Hate Crimes in Ohio, New York Speak Out
November 24 2014 6:13 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Women Hate Crime Survivors Speak Out

Mitch Kellaway

Survivors Candice Milligan and Kimy Hartman got real with reporters following two separate, nearly fatal beatings.

WATCH: Pastor Gets a Taste of His 'Sodomite Semen' Lattes By Sharing Parody Video
November 24 2014 5:07 PM ET

Pastor Gets a Taste of His 'Sodomite Semen' Lattes in Parody

Stevie St. John

James David Manning isn't backing down from his claims that Starbucks uses semen in its lattes, sharing a satirical video he says proves the coffee chain is selling 'sex in public for $9 a hit.'

WATCH: NOM's Finances Are Even Worse Than We Thought
November 24 2014 3:25 PM ET

WATCH: It Gets Worse for NOM's Coffers

Matt Baume

The once-formidable antigay group's donors have fled, leaving the National Organization for Marriage millions in debt.

Outrage After Idaho Trans Woman Buried 'As a Man'
November 24 2014 2:19 PM ET

Outrage After Idaho Trans Woman Buried 'As a Man'

Mitch Kellaway

Friends say Jennifer Gable, a young trans woman who recently died unexpectedly, would never have asked to be presented in male attire in an open casket.

Kansas Gov., ACLU Up Ante on Both Sides of Marriage Fight
November 24 2014 2:15 PM ET

Kansas Gov., ACLU Up Ante on Both Sides of Marriage Fight

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

The ACLU attorney representing same-sex couples who sued for marriage rights is amending the lawsuit to increase the impact of marriage equality in Kansas.

Robbie Rogers's Memoir Kicks Around Depression, Redemption, And Coming Out
November 24 2014 5:00 AM ET

Robbie Rogers' Second Life

Michelle Garcia

Professional soccer player Robbie Rogers has found success in his sport after coming out, but he had to deal with plenty of internal demons to get there.

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