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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 If Only a Hair Dresser and My Mom Could Change the World

Op-ed: If My Mom and a Hair Dresser Could Change the World

What author Robert Rave learned from his mother’s visit to a small town hairdresser could be a teaching moment for the rest of the country.

Advice What to Do If the Sandusky Scandal Comes to Thanksgiving

Advice: What to Do If the Sandusky Scandal Comes to Thanksgiving

Q: I was having dinner with some friends last weekend, and of course the subject of the Penn State scandal came up.

Oped The Harsh Reality of Some Transgender Lives

Op-ed: The Harsh Reality of Some Transgender Lives

When the LGBT community breeds transphobia, everyone gets left behind, and the scores of transgender women who are commemorated each year at the Transgender Day of Remembrance are proof.

Oped A Teaching Moment

Op-ed: A Teaching Moment

Dan Bucatinsky found himself and his partner inadvertently sucked into a strange Playdate Affirmative Action Program.

Oped The Somber History of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Op-ed: The Somber History of Transgender Day of Remembrance

The history of this day dates back to 1998, when Rita Hester was brutally murdered in her home, and her friend Gwendolyn Ann Smith launched the Remembering Our Dead Web project.

Oped Standing on Ceremony is Just a Big Pitch for Gay Marriage

Op-ed: is Just a Big Pitch for Gay Marriage 

Stephanie Schroeder didn't like the price of a ticket to a show she says "is yet another indoctrination into the cult of the status quo."

Oped The Beckhams the Movie Tomboy and Me

Op-ed: The Beckhams, the Movie , and Me

Before the Beckhams revealed they were expecting a baby girl, they had painted a room in pink and lilac in preparation. The poor kid hadn’t even been born but already was being socialized, says Alex Drummond.

Advice My Mother in law to be Is Making Me Crazy

Advice: “My Mother-in-law-to-be Is Making Me Crazy!”

Question: My boyfriend and I are planning a civil partnership ceremony — a simple affair.

Oped Barbara Grier Lesbian Icon Dies

Op-ed: Barbara Grier, Lesbian Icon, Dies

Barbara Grier, lesbian publisher, activist, and archivist, died Thursday of heart disease. She was 79.

The Power of Magic Magic Johnson and the Fear of HIV

The Power of Magic: Magic Johnson and the Fear of HIV

Radio personality Clay Cane recalls how the basketball superstar's public disclosure that he's HIV-positive helped him through one of the most difficult weeks of his life.

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