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Read the latest commentary from The Advocate, the leading source for LGBT news and politics. Discover what public figures and pundits have to say about gay issues and topics that touch the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and its allies. Find op-eds from columnists like HIV activist Tyler Curry or Advocate.com editors Michelle Garcia and Neal Broverman. The experts weigh in on the latest developments in the LGBT rights movement, and The Advocate offers an outlet for their commentary.

Op-ed: Out of a Day of Horror in Israel, Hope for Meaningful Change

Attacks by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men left six gay Pride marchers injured and a Palestinian child dead, but it may provoke change across the Holy Land.

Op-ed: Why This Trans Woman Doesn't Want to Ban Drag, But Say 'Thank You'

Op-ed: Don't Ban Drag, Say 'Thank You' Instead

The controversial decision to exclude drag performers from a pride festival in Scotland raised not only eyebrows but also the ire of a transgender writer who credits drag with inspiring her transition.

Op-ed: Dear Cardinal Raymond Burke, I Am Your Gay Blood

An Open Letter to Antigay Cardinal From Your Gay Relative

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke's first cousin twice removed is gay. And he has a message for the antigay clergyman.

Op-ed: What I Learned From My High School's Gay English Teacher

Op-ed: What I Learned in High School From a Gay Teacher

A straight high school junior in Lexington, Ky., gets a lesson in empathy from an out member of her school's faculty.

Op-ed: The Dangers Inherent In Lifting the Trans Military Ban

Op-ed: The Dangers of Lifting the Trans Military Ban

Trouble awaits trans women who serve our nation as their authentic selves, says one who had to hide her true gender identity.

Op-ed: The Far-Reaching Consequences of Dating App Racism

Op-ed: Dating App Racism Is Not 'Just a Preference'

The not-so-curious case of Michael Johnson illuminates the way racial 'preferences' on dating apps conspire with a biased criminal justice system to criminalize HIV-positive gay black men.

Op-ed: Why This Former Boy Scout Is Glad to Be Rid of Dangerous, Antigay Lies

Op-ed: Why This Gay Former Boy Scout Is 'Cheerful' 

Finally, a group that supplies pocketknives to young boys has stopped claiming that LGBT people are dangerous.

'I Am Cait' Through the Eyes of TV's First Trans Reality Star: Katelynn Cusanelli of MTV's 'Real World'

TV's First Trans Reality Star: Katelynn On Caitlyn

The first transgender woman to have cameras follow her every move was Katelynn — not Caitlyn — on MTV's The Real World.

Op-ed: Dear Walmart, Do the Right Thing — Give Married Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Workers Equal Benefits

Op-ed: Dear Walmart, Do the Right Thing

Several major LGBT and workplace equality organizations are urging Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon to reimburse employees denied health care benefits for their same-sex spouses.

Op-ed: Bridging the Gap Between Gay Pride and Black Lives

Op-ed: Bridging the Gap Between Gay Pride and Black Lives

This black lesbian argues that true dedication to listening — even when uncomfortable — can help make LGBT people more aware of their racial bias.

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