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.
L.A. Trans Woman Murdered While Knocking on Door for Help
December 05 2014 4:31 PM ET December 05 2014 5:38 PM ET

L.A. Trans Woman Murdered While Seeking Help

Mitch Kellaway

Police believe that Deshawnda Sanchez was fleeing from a robbery when she was shot to death, but have not yet ruled out a hate crime.

Mich. House Approves 'License to Discriminate'
December 05 2014 4:19 PM ET

Mich. House Approves 'License to Discriminate'

Sunnivie Brydum

Michigan's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is on its way to the State Senate after the House approved it Thursday on a party-line vote.

Kan. Minister Gets Death Threats for Performing Same-Sex Weddings
December 05 2014 3:25 PM ET

Kan. Minister Gets Death Threats for Performing Same-Sex Weddings

Stevie St. John

Rev. Jackie Carter says her congregation has been receiving harassing phone calls, including calls threatening her life, on a daily basis.

Gay Music Director Fired for Engagement Files Discrimination Claim
December 05 2014 2:53 PM ET

Gay Music Director Fired for Engagement Files Discrimination Claim

Stevie St. John

An Illinois music director who was fired after announcing his engagement to a man has filed a discrimination complaint.

Pastor Who Called for LGBT Extermination: Gays Are 'Basically Rapists'
December 05 2014 2:02 PM ET

Pastor Who Called for LGBT Genocide: Gays Are 'Basically Rapists'

Stevie St. John

Following his call for an LGBT genocide, pastor Steven Anderson continues to issue hateful statements.

Trans Teen Wins $75K in School Restroom Discrimination Lawsuit
December 05 2014 1:38 PM ET

Trans Teen Wins $75K in Landmark School Discrimination Suit

Mitch Kellaway

After a five-year battle that started in elementary school, Nicole Maines will be leaving a lasting legacy for all trans students as she graduates high school.

Obama Administration Endorses Trans-Inclusive School Policies
December 05 2014 1:08 PM ET

Obama's Dept. of Ed. Endorses Trans-Inclusive Schools

Mitch Kellaway

Trans advocates are 'thrilled' that the Department of Education has officially answered questions about trans students' access to single-sex school activities and sports.

How Florida Could Spread Marriage Equality to Neighboring States
December 05 2014 8:00 AM ET

How Florida Could Bring Marriage to Neighboring States

Matt Baume

After marriage begins next month in Florida, it might not be long before Alabama and Georgia join in.

Artist Brings a Queer Eye to Female Catholic Saints
December 05 2014 6:08 AM ET

Artist Brings a Queer Eye to Female Catholic Saints

Stevie St. John

Alma Lopez's “Queer Saints: Holy Violence” exhibition explores the idea of female saints as butch/masculine lesbians.

DJ Nick Monaco on Honoring the Queer, Trans Roots of Dance Music
December 05 2014 5:06 AM ET

Can Dance Music Honor Its Queer, Trans Roots?

Mitch Kellaway

The androgynous deep house musician sounds off on his experiences with defying the gender binary, the rising tides of 'bro' culture, and his nonprofit lipstick line that aims to directly benefit trans folks.

Op-ed: Federal Equality, Nothing More, Nothing Less
December 05 2014 4:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Federal Equality, Nothing More, Nothing Less

Chad Griffin

As the next session of Congress begins, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin explains why LGBT activists are gearing up to support a new piece of legislation.

Op-ed: Helping to Heal Religiously Created Wounds in the Jewish World
December 05 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Healing Religious Wounds in the Jewish World

Debra Kolodny

While being raised Jewish, no one told this rabbi she could never be a rabbi — and it made all the difference.

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