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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: Mondo Guerra on Why HIV Is No Longer A Death Sentence But Still Isn't Easy
September 02 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Gay Youth, It's Time to Talk About HIV

Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra argues that a lack of awareness of HIV's long-term difficulties may be at the root of a seroconversion spike among gay youth.

Op-ed: Miley's Date Proves Homelessness Is the Real Crime
September 02 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Miley's Date Proves Homelessness Is the Real Crime

Alan Acosta

Jesse Helt should be lauded for shining a spotlight on the plight of homelessness in Los Angeles at the VMAs, rather than castigated for crimes linked to the harsh realities faced by homeless people.

Op-ed: In The Long Run, Michael Sam Being Cut Was About Homophobia
September 02 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Yes, It Was Homophobia

Michelle Garcia

Despite the backing of Rams coach Jeff Fisher, Michael Sam currently does not have a job with the NFL.

Op-ed: The Backlash Against Equality Isn't Real
September 02 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Backlash Against Equality Isn't Real

Matthew Breen

The backlash isn’t always a consequential thing, even if it’s sometimes a real thing.

Op-ed: Let's Not Report on Michael Sam's Showering Habits
August 27 2014 11:55 AM ET

Let's Not Report on Michael Sam's Showering Habits

Annie Hollenbeck

Michael Sam is gay. Gay people shower. It's that simple.

Op-ed: Till Death Do Us Part and Beyond
August 26 2014 3:16 PM ET

Op-ed: Till Death Do Us Part and Beyond

Chase Strangio

On the road to full marriage equality, same-sex couples also have to fight for their right to grieve.

Op-ed: It's Time to Take Gay Bars Outside of the Gayborhood
August 25 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: It's Time to Take Gay Bars Outside of the Gayborhood

Zachary Beus and Oliver Apluche

The owners of Redline, a gay bar debuting in downtown Los Angeles this fall, explain why they're opening their business outside the gayborhood.

Op-ed: How One Formerly Ableist Lesbian Mother Opened Her Eyes
August 25 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How This Ableist Lesbian Mom Opened Her Eyes

Keston Ott-Dahl

What happens when a baby being carried by a surrogate is diagnosed with a disability? LGBT parents should think carefully about the answer.

Op-ed: We Need an ENDA Worth Fighting For
August 22 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: We Need an ENDA Worth Fighting For

Rea Carey

As members of Congress head back to their districts for summer recess, remind them why we need an ENDA with a fair religious exemption.

Op-ed: What's Missing From Recent Trans Marriage Victory Celebrations?
August 22 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: What's Missing From Recent Trans Marriage Victories?

Ezra Young

Trans lawyer Ezra Young explains how despite recent wins for trans men Thomas Beatie and Buck Angel, long-term change will require a deeper look at underlying legal biases.

Op-ed: Sex Sells, Even in HIV Awareness
August 22 2014 5:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Sex Sells, Even in HIV Awareness

Tyler Curry

There are plenty of sexy HIV-positive men. So why be afraid to show that in awareness campaigns?

Op-ed: In Mass. Politics, Love Now Dares to Speak Its Name
August 21 2014 6:33 AM ET

Op-ed: In One State's Politics, Love Dares Speak Its Name

Steve Kerrigan

An onstage kiss between the aspiring lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and his partner went unremarked on, demonstrating how far U.S. politics has come in a short period of time.

Op-ed: Dear Thought Catalog, I Am Not a 'Mentally Ill Gay'
August 19 2014 2:03 PM ET

Dear Thought Catalog, I Am Not a 'Mentally Ill Gay'

Parker Marie Molloy

Against my better judgment, I gave the purveyors of relevant thinking a second chance. Now, along with 50 others, I'm asking for my work to be permanently deleted from the site.

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