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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: On Kate Pierson, and How Cultural Misrepresentation Hurts Trans Women
December 10 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Trans Anthem That Wasn't

Mya Adriene Byrne

A trans indie musician says rocker Kate Pierson's "trans anthem" and its stereotypical tropes are part of a much larger problem.

Op-ed: The Race Toward Olympic Equality Is Not Finished
December 10 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Race Toward Olympic Equality Is Not Finished

Laura Clise

The amendment to protect gay athletes in the Olympic charter is a big step forward for the LGBT community, but it still falls short of the finish line.

Op-ed: Let’s Cure Cancer, Not Homosexuality
December 09 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Let’s Cure Cancer, Not Homosexuality

Terry Franklin

It's 2014. When will Americans get over conversion therapy?

Editor's Letter: Why #DayInLGBT Matters If You Are 'LGBT'
December 09 2014 12:50 AM ET

Editor's Letter: Why #DayInLGBT Matters to LGBTs

Lucas Grindley

If we do this right, today can help us learn more about what it means to be LGBT.

Op-ed: Undocumented, Queer, and Bullied
December 08 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Undocumented, Queer, and Bullied

Moises Serrano

Imagine living in a world where every single part of your identity is constantly under attack.

Op-ed: Privilege and Advocacy
December 08 2014 5:05 AM ET

Op-ed: Privilege and Advocacy

Gregg Potter

Learning about the true depth of one's own privilege.

Op-ed: Azealia Banks Needs to Stop Using Homophobic Slurs
December 05 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Azealia Banks Needs to Stop Using Homophobic Slurs

Eliel Cruz

The young bisexual rapper is defending her use of a slur that she has no business using.

Op-ed: Federal Equality, Nothing More, Nothing Less
December 05 2014 4:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Federal Equality, Nothing More, Nothing Less

Chad Griffin

As the next session of Congress begins, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin explains why LGBT activists are gearing up to support a new piece of legislation.

Op-ed: Helping to Heal Religiously Created Wounds in the Jewish World
December 05 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Healing Religious Wounds in the Jewish World

Debra Kolodny

While being raised Jewish, no one told this rabbi she could never be a rabbi — and it made all the difference.

Op-ed: The Real Reason Rob Portman Won’t Run for President
December 04 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Real Reason Rob Portman Won’t Run

James Richardson

It's tough out there for a nerd.

Op-ed: Whose Job Is It to Make Colleges More Trans-Inclusive?
December 04 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Whose Job Is It to Make Colleges More Trans-Inclusive?

Lance Cox and Lott Hill

Administrators tacitly assume trans students will do the legwork. Trans students demand that uninformed administrators know how to operate without institutional protocols in place. If the two don't talk, one thing is guaranteed: Trans students lose out.

Op-ed: Honoring Our Street-Tough and Soulful Fallen Friend
December 03 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Honoring Our Street-Tough and Soulful Fallen Friend

Justin Reed Early

One man who was able to buck the homeless system remembers an inspiring friend who wasn't so fortunate.

Op-ed: When Trans Men's Visibility Comes at the Cost of Self-Esteem
December 02 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: When Trans Men's Visibility Comes at the Cost of Self-Esteem

Mitch Kellaway

When Gay Star News published its list of '11 Insanely Hot Men You Will Not Believe Are Trans,' it perpetuated some of the most damaging social messages about trans men's bodies and appearances.

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