In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report 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 LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn 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.

“If you do not live in a battleground state, get to one,” said First Lady Michelle Obama to an excited crowd at the Human Rights Campaign/Victory Fund luncheon on Wednesday.

September 05 2012 4:00 PM

From Michelle Obama to Julián Castro and everyone in between, nearly all of the primetime speakers in Charlotte had something to say about equality, and more often than not, marriage.

September 05 2012 11:30 AM

Out treasurer for the Democratic National Committee Andrew Tobias in his speech said he was sticking to two familiar themes — "money and equality."

Tobias argued that the economy does better under Democrats, then he shared one of the more personal stories about an LGBT person to come from behind the podium so far.

September 05 2012 3:53 AM

Democrats not only passed the most LGBT-inclusive party platform ever, the convention's first day also had supportive mentions in primetime and a few places you probably missed.

September 05 2012 2:37 AM

The woman who Seattle Gay News called "the most powerful lesbian in the country" delivered an attack on Mitt Romney's values during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.

Mary Kay Henry, the first woman president of the Service Employees International Union, represents more than 2 million members worldwide. But she's a native of Detroit.

September 05 2012 1:32 AM

Out Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, a new dad, spoke personally about his own family as yet another reason that diversity makes America stronger during his convention speech on Tuesday.

"We are a diverse country, but we are one country," he said. "And we are at our best when we come together as Americans, not despite our differences, but in celebration of them."

Polis didn't shy in the least from representing LGBT Americans but also spoke more broadly about commonalities.

September 05 2012 1:14 AM