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.
Canada Will Favor Refugee Claims From LGBT Russians
August 13 2013 2:53 PM ET

Canada Will Favor Refugee Claims From LGBT Russians

Jase Peeples

Under Canadian law, claims from LGBT asylum-seekers will be treated in the same manner as those from other persecuted minority groups.

Sailor Surprises Boyfriend With Marriage Proposal
August 13 2013 1:30 PM ET

Sailor Surprises Boyfriend With Marriage Proposal

Jase Peeples

Dylan Kirchner got the surprise of his life when he arrived at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., to welcome his boyfriend home from a six-month deployment at sea.

International Olympic Committee Forbids Athletes to Speak Against Russian Antigay Laws
August 13 2013 12:18 PM ET

Olympic Athletes Told Not to Speak Against Russian Laws

Jase Peeples

The IOC claims the Olympics' own rules bars athletes from showing support of the LGBT community at the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi.

Federal Judge Rules NYC's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Policy Unconstitutional
August 12 2013 7:04 PM ET

Federal Judge Rules NYC's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Unconstitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

U.S. district judge Shira Sheindlin said the policy violates the U.S. Constitution and functions as police-sanctioned racial profiling.

Russia Proposes 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Olympics
August 12 2013 5:40 PM ET

Russia Proposes 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

The nation's deputy prime minister said LGBT athletes will be safe in Sochi as long as they don't mention being LGBT 'in the presence of children.'

Calif. Gov. Signs Trans Student Protection Bill
August 12 2013 3:53 PM ET

BREAKING: Calif. Gov. Signs Trans Student Protection Bill

Sunnivie Brydum

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 Monday, giving transgender students the right to participate in sex-segregated programs according to their gender identity.

WATCH: Fox News Misgenders Trans Teen, Calls Proposed Protections 'Bathroom Bill'
August 12 2013 2:52 PM ET

WATCH: Fox News Again Stokes Transphobic Flame

Sunnivie Brydum

A Fox News report on Friday reconfirmed the network's ongoing problem with accurate reporting on trans issues.

Russian Radio Thinks Wingnut Bryan Fischer Is Antigay 'Expert'
August 12 2013 1:31 PM ET

Russian Radio Thinks Wingnut Bryan Fischer Is Antigay 'Expert'

Sunnivie Brydum

A state-run radio program in Russia called the radical antigay activist an 'expert' who said the nation's anti-LGBT laws aren't homophobic, just 'homorealistic.'

Gay Ambassador to Australia Marries in D.C.
August 12 2013 12:23 PM ET

Gay Ambassador to Australia Marries in D.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

John Berry, U.S. ambassador to Australia, married his partner of 17 years, Curtis Yee, on Saturday.

WATCH: Prime Minister Wants to Bring Marriage Equality to Australia In 100 Days
August 12 2013 11:23 AM ET

WATCH: Australian PM Wants Marriage Equality In 100 Days

Sunnivie Brydum

Kevin Rudd, Australia's incumbent prime minister, promised a conscience vote on marriage equality within the first 100 days of his next parliamentary term if he's reelected.

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