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.
WATCH: Refusal to Put Antigay Message on Cake Is 'Intolerant,' Says Right-Winger
December 15 2014 4:20 PM ET

WATCH: 'Intolerant' to Refuse Baking an Antigay Cake?

Trudy Ring

Conservative Christian Theodore Shoebat says he asked for 'an explicitly anti-homosexual marriage cake' and couldn't get one.

Jamaican Pastor Angers Congregation by Washing Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors
December 15 2014 3:51 PM ET

Jamaican Pastor Washes Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors

Thom Senzee

Honoring a tradition established by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, a pastor in Jamaica is getting major push-back from his flock after controversial foot-washings.

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Kansas
December 15 2014 3:14 PM ET December 15 2014 6:29 PM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Marriage in Kansas

Matt Baume

Updated December 6: Get up to speed on the flurry of legal decisions that keep trying to bring marriage equality to Kansas.

Philippine Government Charges U.S. Marine With Murder of Trans Woman
December 15 2014 3:09 PM ET

Philippine Gov't Charges U.S. Marine With Murder of Trans Woman

Mitch Kellaway

After being turned over to Filipino authorities in October, U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton now officially faces murder charges for the brutal strangulation of Filipina national Jennifer Laude.

WATCH: 'Honor' to Be on 'Transparent,' Jeffrey Tambor Tells Janet Mock
December 15 2014 2:52 PM ET

WATCH: Jeffrey Tambor Tells Janet Mock of Show's 'Transformative Honor'

Dawn Ennis

In her first appearance as an Entertainment Tonight special correspondent, Mock interviews the Transparent star about the issue of cisgender (nontrans) actors playing trans roles.

Indian Government May Offer Welfare Benefits Specific to Trans Citizens
December 15 2014 2:41 PM ET

Indian Gov't May Offer Welfare Benfits to Trans Citizens

Mitch Kellaway

India's government is considering how to aid its disenfranchised trans citizens with educational incentives and pensions in a new welfare proposal draft.

WATCH: Arkansas Governor Seeks Flimsy Marriage Compromise
December 15 2014 2:18 PM ET

WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Seeks Flimsy Marriage Compromise

Matt Baume

Outgoing Governor Mike Beebe says he's willing to consider civil unions, but it's too little, too late.

PHOTO: Hundreds Protest 'Ex-Gay' Billboard in Richmond, Va.
December 15 2014 1:15 PM ET

PHOTO: 400 Protest 'Ex-Gay' Billboard in Richmond, Va.

Sunnivie Brydum

An estimated 400 people took time out of their pre-holiday routine on Sunday to take a photo intended to protest a Richmond billboard that claims 'nobody is born gay.'

40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules
December 15 2014 6:00 AM ET

40 People Who Destroyed Gender Rules in 2014

Mitch Kellaway

Keeping ourselves to listing only 40 phenomenal trans, gender-fluid, and nonbinary people who broke barriers in 2014 was the hardest part — which is pretty cool in itself.

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Missouri
December 15 2014 5:00 AM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Missouri Marriage

Matt Baume

Updated December 15: Get up to speed on the complex state of marriage equality in Missouri.

ABC Family Orders Trans Reality Series 'My Transparent Life'
December 14 2014 5:48 PM ET

ABC Family to Air Trans-Parent Reality Series

Dawn Ennis

Move over, Maura. Make room for Ben and his transgender parent, Carly.

South Carolina May Have to Reimburse LGBT Nonprofits for Marriage Lawsuit
December 14 2014 2:25 PM ET

S.C. Might Have to Pay LGBT Nonprofits for Marriage Lawsuit

Matt Baume

The more South Carolina tries to stop marriages from happening, the more it may wind up costing them.

Google+ Now Lets You Define Your Gender
December 14 2014 7:00 AM ET

Google+ Now Lets You Define Your Gender

Sunnivie Brydum

The social networking outlet of the tech giant is the latest to let users define their gender identity however feels right to them.

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