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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: Let the Gay Black Men Prance

Op-ed: Let the Gay Black Men Prance

Gay reality star Karamo Brown addresses the homophobic and transphobic backlash to Oxygen's The Prancing Elites Project.

Op-ed: It's Time for All LGBT People to Care About Police Brutality

Op-ed: It's Time All LGBTs Care About Police Brutality

With a police scandal rocking Baltimore, an African-American HRC staffer recounts her own terrifying encounter with an officer.

Op-ed: How Many Kids Must Die Before Youth 'Treatment' Programs Are Regulated?

Op-ed: How Many Kids Must Die in 'Treatment' Programs?

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's CEO explains why 'treatment' programs to 'cure' people of their homosexuality are extremely dangerous for LGBT youth.

Op-ed: Religiously Backed or Not, 'Conversion' Therapy Is Child Abuse

Op-ed: Religiously Backed or Not, This Therapy Is Abuse

A progressive rabbi says faith leaders promoting 'reparative' therapy are dangerously distorting religious freedom.

Op-ed: Mother Earth Is the Ultimate Diva

Op-ed: Mother Earth Is the Ultimate Diva

Does being gay — or part of any minority — make you more empathetic to environmental concerns? This writer thinks so.

Speak Now: Prop. 8 Decision Will Pave Way for National Marriage Victory

Speak Now: Prop. 8 Decision Will Pave Way for National Marriage Victory

In this excerpt from his new book, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, Kenji Yoshino says the case against California's Proposition 8 was the first time antigay prejudice was put on trial — and lost.

Op-ed: New Jersey's Most Antigay Teacher Shouldn't Have Her Job

Op-ed: New Jersey's Most Antigay Teacher Shouldn't Have a Job

Scott Lyons lived through Patricia Jannuzzi, Immaculata High School's notoriously homophobic teacher, and he doesn't want one more LGBT student to endure the same lesson.

Op-ed: I Met My Best Friend on Grindr

Op-ed: I Met My Best Friend on Grindr

Many gay men have mastered the art of not letting sex kill a friendship. Thanks, smartphones.

Op-ed: Jared Polis Explains the 'Marriage-juana' Agenda

Op-ed: Jared Polis on the 'Marriage-juana' Platform

Congressman Jared Polis says ‘the two most successful social policy movements in the U.S.’ — marriage equality and marijuana reform — have more in common than first meets the eye.

Op-ed: Leelah Alcorn 'Ciswashed' by the Media, White House

Op-ed: Leelah Alcorn 'Ciswashed' by the Media, White House

Response to White House support of a conversion therapy ban has erased the trans girl who inspired the proposed law.

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