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Polis: I Will Attend the DNC Fundraiser
June 24 2009 12:00 AM ET

Polis: I Will Attend the DNC Fund-raiser

Kerry Eleveld

Rep. Jared Polis skipped the president's Oval Office signing ceremony last week of an order extending some benefits to gay federal employees' same-sex partners, but he will attend the DNC fund-raiser Thursday. Polis discusses his rationale and the prospects for overturning "don't ask, don't tell" and DOMA.

View From the Hill: The Dems
June 19 2009 12:00 AM ET

View From the Hill: The Dems

Kerry Eleveld

Despite a last-minute effort from President Obama, for the moment, the LGBT movement -- from big-dollar establishment donors to the grassroots troops -- seems to have turned its proverbial back on the administration.

June 17 2009 12:00 AM ET

Rev. V. Gene Robinson Does Times Talk

Jonathan Vatner

On Monday, June 15, at about 6:30 p.m., the Reverend V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, took the stage at the LGBT Community Center in New York City in his bishop's purple shirt, gold cross, and -- perhaps not surprisingly -- polka-dot socks.

Berry: Hate Crimes May Pass Next Week
June 14 2009 12:00 AM ET

Berry: Hate Crimes May Pass Next Week

Kerry Eleveld

The highest ranking LGBT official in the Obama administration told The Advocate Sunday that Hate Crimes might pass next week and that President Obama was soon to announce an initiative regarding equalizing protections and benefits for LGBT employees.

Berry Delivers Stirring Pride Speech
June 11 2009 12:00 AM ET

Berry Delivers Stirring Pride Speech

Kerry Eleveld

John Berry, the highest-ranking openly LGBT official in the Obama administration, delivered a stirring and poignant appeal to Justice Department employees at their Pride celebration.

Change in a Crowded Field
June 10 2009 12:00 AM ET

Change in a Crowded Field

Kerry Eleveld

Anthony Woods is a gay African-American Iraq veteran running for a California congressional seat against eight other candidates, but adversity has never stopped him before.

View From the Hill: DADT Momentum
June 05 2009 12:00 AM ET

View From the Hill: "DADT" Momentum

Kerry Eleveld

COMMENTARY: The issue of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" has been at a virtual standstill for months, but this week the dam started to give way to movement from both the White House and HRC.

Senate Holds Hearings on LGBT Immigration Bill
June 03 2009 12:00 AM ET

Senate Talks LGBT Immigration

Kerry Eleveld

The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first congressional hearing on the Uniting American Families Act Wednesday. The act would allow gay citizens to sponsor their partners for residency in the United States.

NYTs Big Gay Reunion
June 02 2009 12:00 AM ET

NYT 's Big Gay Celebration

Charles Kaiser

More than 300 same-sex wedding or commitment announcements have appeared in The New York Times in the past seven years -- now many of the featured couples are coming together to commemorate Stonewall.

View from the Hill Obamas Silence
May 29 2009 12:00 AM ET

View From the Hill: Obama's Silence

Kerry Eleveld

Next month the Obama administration is expected to present a package of pro-LGBT announcements. But on the heels of his silence surrounding Prop. 8, will it be enough to satisfy the masses?

Legal Experts Outraged by Federal Prop. 8 Case
May 27 2009 12:00 AM ET

Legal Experts Concerned by Fed Prop. 8 Case

Advocate.com Editors

Attorneys responsible for a new federal challenge to Prop. 8 rebuffed apprehension from LGBT legal organizations, which contend that such a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have disastrous consequences.

An Open Letter to Barack Obama
May 26 2009 12:00 AM ET

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Lorri L. Jean

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean has a few words for President Barack Obama, who visits California one day after the California Supreme Court ruled to uphold Prop 8.

Could Gay Tourists Abandon Nevada?
May 21 2009 12:00 AM ET

Gay Tourists Abandon The Strip?

Advocate.com Editors

MGM and Harrahs have spent years marketing to gay consumers -- and both companies fear gay tourism to Vegas will plummet if Gov. Jim Gibbons makes good on his promise to veto the state's domestic-partner benefits bill.