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: N.Y. Radio Hosts Fired for Transphobic Rant Are Back on the Air
September 14 2014 6:20 PM ET

WATCH: N.Y. Radio Hosts Fired for Transphobic Rant Are Back on the Air

Mitch Kellaway

Months after referring to trans people as 'nut jobs' on-air, two controversial N.Y. hosts return to radio.

STUDY: Blocking Puberty Is Beneficial for Transgender Youth
September 14 2014 12:51 PM ET

Blocking Puberty Is Beneficial for Transgender Youth

Mitch Kellaway

New research finds that trans youth who delay puberty's effects before planning their transition are happy and well-functioning.

Duke University Makes Applications More Welcoming for LGBT Hopefuls
September 13 2014 3:00 PM ET

Duke University Makes Applications More Welcoming for LGBT Hopefuls

Mitch Kellaway

In an optional, open-ended short essay, applicants to Duke can now describe their sexual orientation and gender identity in their own words.

WATCH: Meet Trailblazing Two-Spirit Performer ICEIS Rain
September 13 2014 12:00 PM ET

WATCH: Meet Trailblazing Two-Spirit Performer ICEIS Rain

Mitch Kellaway

This week, the aboriginal music world is celebrating ICEIS Rain: a female singer who is also businessman Massey Whiteknife, a two-spirit gay man.

Study: Religions' Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians Increases
September 13 2014 5:00 AM ET

Religions' Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians Increases

Trudy Ring

While news stories often note churches' increasing openness to gays and lesbians, a Duke University study offers numbers to confirm that trend.

Arizona: Federal Judge Says Government Must Recognize Widower's Marriage
September 12 2014 3:42 PM ET

Arizona: Federal Judge Says Government Must Recognize Widower's Marriage

Michelle Garcia

Fred McQuire sought federal benefits via his marriage to George Martinez, who recently died of cancer.

Indiana Must Recognize Another Lesbian Couple's Marriage
September 12 2014 3:20 PM ET

Indiana Must Recognize Another Lesbian Couple's Marriage

Trudy Ring

The state agreed to recognize the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her wife; it has already recognized the union of two women in a similar situation.

Wis. Same-Sex Couple Granted Adoption Rights, Marriage Recognition
September 12 2014 3:11 PM ET

Wis. Moms Celebrate Historic Adoption Victory

Mitch Kellaway

With Wisconsin's equal marriage ban declared unconstitutional, parental rights have been able to forge ahead.

Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe to Step Down
September 11 2014 3:06 PM ET

Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe to Step Down

Trudy Ring

Wolfe, whose group has helped elect numerous LGBT candidates to office during his tenure, will leave at the end of the year.

WATCH: Fox Asks What If Ray Rice Had Hit a Gay Man?
September 11 2014 3:02 PM ET

WATCH: Fox Asks What If Ray Rice Had Hit a Gay Man?

Sunnivie Brydum

Leave it to Fox News to find a way to connect a cultural conversation about domestic violence with antigay attitudes.

Root 100 Recognizes African-American LGBT Luminaries
September 11 2014 2:41 PM ET

Root 100 Recognizes African-American LGBT Luminaries

Rebecca Juro

Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Rashad Robinson, and Charles Blow grace this year's list.

States Adopt Opposite Stances in Marriage Petitions to Supreme Court
September 11 2014 1:31 PM ET

States Square Off For Supreme Court's Marriage Review

Matt Baume

In trying to appeal to the Supreme Court justices, attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana disagree on what constitutes a strength or a weakness in their cases.

Bill O'Reilly on Boy in Makeup: 'He Has to Look Like a Man!'
September 11 2014 12:31 PM ET

Bill O'Reilly on Boy in Makeup: 'He Has to Look Like a Man!'

Rebecca Juro

The conservative talker defends the South Carolina DMV's demand that a boy remove makeup before having his driver's license picture taken.

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