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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 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.

OpEd A Christmas Remembrance

Op-ed: A Christmas Remembrance

A man remembers his late partner — a police officer who died on Christmas — while still fighting for the same rights that a straight spouse of a fallen officer would have had.

Oped One Pivotal Year for a Soldier Seeking Equality

Op-ed: One Pivotal Year for a Soldier Seeking Equality

Capt. Stephen Hill, one of several gay service members suing the government over spousal benefits, reflects on today, which is one year after President Obama signed “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal.

Advice Holiday Party Overhaul on a Budget

 Advice: Holiday Party Overhaul — on a Budget

With so many ways to throw a potluck (and so many ways to screw it up), event planner Brian Worley lists his five favorite party themes.

Oped Meet My Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

Op-ed: Meet My Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

A contributor reflects on meeting his hero Troy Perry.

Oped Man Seeking Woman to Have a Baby

Op-ed: Man Seeking Woman to Have a Baby

When one gay man told his friends he wanted to find a woman to have a baby, he wasn’t exactly met with hugs and congratulations.

Advice When Merry Christmas Means Bless Your Heart

Advice: When 'Merry Christmas' Means 'Bless Your Heart'

Question: Since you write so often about the fact that “language matters,” I’m curious whether it’s OK to wish friends and colleagues a “Merry Christmas.” When some people say it, I sometim

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