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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.
Oped Why Etta James Was the Original Diva of the Blues

Op-ed: Why Etta James Was the Original Diva of the Blues 

Essayist Clay Cane remembers the great singer hanging with drag queens, and enduring the deepest of blues, to come out of it all as an example of strength.

Oped Women Today Gays Tomorrow

Op-ed: Women Today, Gays Tomorrow? 

President Obama’s decision on Plan B bodes ill for LGBT people if it means Democrats are starting to side with a faint sense of morality over scientific research.

Op-ed: Mrs. Santorum, Can We Talk?

On a recent campaign stop, Karen Santorum accused LGBT activists of “backyard bullying” against her husband in the presidential race. National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell responds.

Advice What to Do About Facebook After a Death

Advice: What to Do About Facebook After a Death

Question: My partner, Rudy, died about three months ago and I’ve been in the process of handling of his estate (which, since we couldn’t legally marry, has been a nightmare, but that’s anot

Op-ed: Gays and Mormons, Do Unto Others

Op-ed: Gays and Mormons, Do Unto Others

Gay Mormon Mitch Mayne says a website about his faith’s “craziest beliefs” offers distortions and half-truths, much like the religious right’s view of LGBT people.

Oped A New Way to Challenge Antigay Politics

Op-ed: Media Fails to Challenge Antigay Politics 

The host of a new LGBT political show premiering Friday argues that antigay politicians are getting a pass from mainstream media.

Oped You Havent Seen the Last of the Bachmanns

Op-ed: You Haven't Seen the Last of the Bachmanns

The man who went undercover last year at a clinic owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann and husband Marcus reflects on the presidential candidate’s legacy as she departs the campaign.

Advice Is There a Polite Version of Porn on Planes

Advice: Is There a Polite Version of Porn-on-Planes? 

Question: Over the holidays I was squeezed into my coach seat like thousands of jammed-in others, but unlike many others (I hope) I sat next to a straight man watching what seemed to be por

Oped In the Holiday Spirit

Op-ed: In the Holiday Spirit

Dan Bucatinsky feels the holiday spirit while running errands with his two children and making a pit stop in the toy aisles of Target.

Let Your Money Talk to Help LGBT Organizations

Op-ed: Let Your Money Talk to Help LGBT Organizations

A new report shows that less than 3% of LGBT adults in the U.S. gave money to any national LGBT organization, but that hasn’t stopped those who don’t donate from criticizing.

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