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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: How Tom Saved Finland
December 19 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland

Jukka Kurttila

The art of Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland, may have played a role in the recent passage of marriage equality in his Nordic motherland.

Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students
December 19 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students

A. William Walker

A teacher reminds his fellow educators: We're here to develop empathetic citizens. So why continue to bar trans students from their gender-affirming bathrooms?

Op-ed: Why 'I Can't Breathe' Does Belong on the Basketball Court
December 18 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why 'I Can't Breathe' Belongs on the Basketball Court

Paulo Senra

Some say sports isn't political, but one athlete argues the opposite.

Op-ed: When Teaching Means Going Back Into The Closet
December 18 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: When Teaching Means Going Back Into The Closet

Amir Moini

A new initiative by Teach for America strives to give educators the resources to break down the closet door.

Op-ed: Gay Abstinence Is Not the Answer to the FDA Blood Ban
December 17 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Gay Abstinence Isn't an Answer to Blood Ban

Kelsey Louie

A proposed amendment to the FDA blood ban that requires a one-year period of abstinence is ineffective and discriminatory, says the CEO of Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Op-ed: Homeless for the Holidays
December 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

Hundreds of Kids Stuck on Waiting List for a Bed

Carl Siciliano

Some parents kick their kids out into the December cold for being gay. Here's your chance to help them.

Op-ed: My Lesbian Moms Saved My Life
December 17 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: My Lesbian Moms Saved My Life

Jaz Moore

This coming-of-age tale wouldn't be possible without two moms.

December 16 2014 12:11 PM ET

Are White Gay Men Too Privileged to Understand Racial Inequality?

We can sift through the minutiae of the killing of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and John Crawford, or we can seek to understand the ways in which oppression is a shared burden that ignores

Op-ed: The Harm and Shame of Negative Labeling
December 16 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Harm and Shame of Negative Labeling

Benjamin Brenkert

Growing up Catholic left one young man with a label that restricted him for years.

Op-ed: The Scientific Study That Proves How to Advance LGBT Rights
December 12 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Scientific Study That Proves How to Advance LGBT Rights

Lorri L. Jean

Because after marriage, there will still be plenty to be done.

Op-ed: How to Date a Married Man
December 12 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How to Date a Married Man

Boli

Why marry when you're going to cheat?

Who Was the First Person Robbie Rogers Came Out To?
December 10 2014 7:11 PM ET

Who Was the First Person Robbie Rogers Came Out To?

Annie Hollenbeck

The MLS Cup champion tells his funny and random coming-out story.

December 10 2014 1:39 PM ET

Olympic Figure Skater Eric Radford Comes Out

He's the first elite skater to come out during the height of his career.

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