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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: The Decade Masturbation Burst Out of the Closet Before I Did
November 25 2014 6:55 AM ET

Op-ed: Masturbation Burst Out of the Closet Before I Did

John Daniel

Before masturbation was heralded as safe sex, it was an embarrassing experiment of trial-and-error.

Op-ed: It's Not a Gay Wedding or Straight Wedding — It's Just a Wedding
November 25 2014 5:39 AM ET

Op-ed: It's Not a Gay or Straight Wedding — It's Just a Wedding

Laurie Hart

A discriminatory Bay Area photography shop that won't shoot any couples in order to avoid photographing same-sex couples is getting left behind by its industry.

Op-ed: Why I Quit My Job at the United Nations
November 24 2014 6:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Why I Quit My Job at the United Nations

Mala Kumar

A trip to central Africa and the passing of a mentor were enough to make one writer realize that being closeted wasn't worth it.

Op-ed: How Gay Genius Alan Turing Got Me Through Middle School
November 24 2014 4:39 AM ET

Op-ed: Where Are the Gay Scientists?

Jack Andraka

The LGBT community needs more role models like Alan Turing, says young scientist Jack Andraka.

Op-ed: Bosses Need to Step Up for Their Trans Employees
November 24 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Bosses Need to Step Up for Their Trans Employees

Richard Greggory Johnson

Transgender visibility is on the rise, but most trans people are still unprotected against workplace discrimination.

Op-ed: Obama’s Order Ices Out Some LGBTQ Immigrants
November 21 2014 12:52 PM ET

Op-ed: Obama’s Order Ices Out Some LGBTQ Immigrants

Isa Noyola and Valeria De La Luz

The executive order will help many immigrants on the path to citizenship, but it leaves behind others who have experienced violence, discrimination, and isolation, says Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.

Op-ed: England Needs a Separation of Church and State
November 21 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: England Needs a Separation of Church and State

Callum Hunter

The Church of England has used its position as a state-endorsed institution of religion to promote an agenda of prejudice. So why do the U.K.'s residents stand for it?

WATCH: Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out as Gay
November 20 2014 6:54 PM ET

Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out as Gay

Jase Peeples

'I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful,' Gilman says.

Country Music Star Ty Herndon Comes Out as Gay
November 20 2014 1:21 PM ET

Country Music Star Ty Herndon Comes Out as Gay

Jase Peeples

“Today I get to tell the world that I’m an out, proud, and happy gay man,” says Ty Herndon.

Op-ed: Why We Still Need Trans Day of Remembrance
November 20 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why We Still Need TDOR

Gwendolyn Ann Smith

The Transgender Day of Remembrance's founder, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, reflects on the history and changes the day has seen over the past 15 years.

Op-ed: Rage Against the Dying of the Light
November 20 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Jenn Dolari

After the vigils of Transgender Day of Remembrance end, we must keep our flames burning bright for all those we've lost to darkness.

The Year in Trans Voices
November 20 2014 4:00 AM ET

The Year in Trans Voices

Michelle Garcia

From dating to media to marriage equality, we break down some of the most pressing issues transgender people have addressed this year.

What Happened When a Father Asked the Internet to Help Him Talk to His Gay Son?
November 19 2014 4:06 PM ET

What Happened When a Father Asked the Internet to Help Him Talk to His Gay Son?

Jase Peeples

When one father, after borrowing his son's iPad, realized the 13-year-old might be gay, he reached out to the Internet for advice. Here's what happened.

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