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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: When Will We Finally Stop Smoking?
July 15 2014 6:54 PM ET

Op-ed: When Will We Finally Stop Smoking?

Fifty years ago, the surgeon general said smoking causes long-term health problems. So why can't LGBT people stop doing it?

Op-ed: Why Pride Still Matters
July 15 2014 11:37 AM ET

Op-ed: Why Pride Still Matters

James Duke Mason

You can be cynical all you want about LGBT Pride — we still need it.

Op-ed: The Crisis at the Border Reveals the Real Sodomites
July 15 2014 5:55 AM ET

Op-ed: American Sodomites Beware

Eliel Cruz

The anti-LGBT and anti-immigration lobbies fail to remember the meaning of the word sodomy.

Op-ed: To Thine Own Campaign Ad Be True
July 15 2014 4:35 AM ET

Op-ed: When a Barely Gay Campaign Ad Breaks Ground

Brett Smiley

Brett Smiley, the gay mayoral candidate in Providence, R.I., reflects on the impact of his groundbreaking campaign ad, which depicted the normalcy of a same-sex marriage.

Op-ed: Black Women and Gay White Dudes Need Each Other
July 14 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Black Women and Gay White Dudes Need Each Other

Michelle Garcia

Playing Oppression Olympics is not a smart strategy (but neither is putting on a minstrel show).

Op-ed: Hillary Clinton's Marriage Evolution Is Hardly the Point
July 14 2014 4:40 AM ET

Op-ed: Stuck on Hillary Clinton's Marriage Evolution?

Joe Solmonese

While some are getting hung up on a interview in which Hillary Clinton was defensive about her changing stance on marriage equality, Joe Solmonese says fixating on it is not constructive.

Op-ed: Wanted: LGBT Candidates, Regardless of Party
July 14 2014 4:04 AM ET

Op-ed: Wanted: LGBT Candidates, Regardless of Party

Chuck Wolfe

Encouraging gay Republicans to run for office could change the landscape for political equality in the U.S.

Ian Thorpe Gets Kudos for Coming Out
July 13 2014 5:10 PM ET

Ian Thorpe Gets Kudos for Coming Out

Trudy Ring

Some criticize the Olympic champion swimmer for waiting, but most of the reaction is positive.

Op-ed: Finding Empowerment Through Futbol
July 13 2014 6:12 AM ET

Op-ed: Finding Empowerment Through Futbol

How one LGBT fan found empowerment through her favorite team, which happens to be in the World Cup final Sunday.

Olympic Swimming Champ Ian Thorpe Comes Out
July 12 2014 1:48 PM ET

Olympic Swimming Champ Ian Thorpe Comes Out

Trudy Ring

After years of speculation that he is gay, Thorpe confirms it in an interview to be broadcast on Australian TV Sunday night.

Op-ed: Christian Schools Like Gordon College Don't Need a License to Discriminate
July 11 2014 12:18 PM ET

Christian Schools Don't Need a License to Discriminate

Paul O. Miller

A gay alumnus of an evangelical Christian college fires back at its president, who asked Obama for a religious exemption from his executive order banning anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors.

Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet
July 10 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet

Jackie Speier

Repealing the discriminatory 'don't ask, don't tell' policy was just the tip of the iceberg in getting a fully LGBT-inclusive military.

Op-ed: Why ENDA Doesn't Cut It for the ACLU
July 10 2014 6:06 AM ET

Op-ed: Why ENDA Doesn’t Cut It for the ACLU

Ian Thompson

When given the opportunity to discriminate against LGBT workers, the ACLU says, too many employers will take it.

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