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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.
Advice Two Weddings Two Sets of Gifts

Advice: Two Weddings, Two Sets of Gifts?

Question: In a recent column, Miss Manners wrote that “etiquette considers wedding presents to be associated only with first weddings” and that it is “blatant avarice” when couples are “per

Advice When Google Reveals Too Much About You

Advice: When Google Reveals Too Much About You 

Question: I know that just about everybody Googles their dates before going out with them the first time.

Oped The T Word Hasnt Changed We Have

Op-ed: The T-Word Hasn’t Changed, We Have 

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Jake Finney responds to RuPaul and others and explains that the T-Word has always been inappropriate but few stood up for themselves.

Oped Its Time to Win in Maine

Op-ed: It’s Time to Win in Maine 

The national campaign director at Freedom to Marry is opposed to voting on the rights of any minority group. But when it comes to Maine, he explains why he supports activists’ ballot initiative.

Oped A Model for Divorce Even When Marriage Isnt an Option

Op-ed: A Model for Divorce, Even When Marriage Isn’t Legal

When state law doesn’t recognize a same-sex couple’s relationship, a breakup doesn’t come with the rulebook it would otherwise. But collaborative family law could help.

Oped An Open Letter to Mitch Mayne on Living Openly

Op-ed: An Open Letter to Mitch Mayne on Living Openly 

Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger responds to criticism about his views on Mormonism made on Advocate.com by an openly gay San Francisco executive secretary of the LDS Church.

OpEd Sleeping Praying and Walking Across America for Equality

Op-ed: Sleeping, Praying, and Walking Across America for Equality

Through thousands of miles, dozens of interviews with small-town newspapers, countless meals at the dinner tables of kind strangers, and even a homophobic attack, Richard Noble is on a coast-to-coast march for your rights.

Advice When Hotels Arent Welcoming

Advice: When Hotels Aren’t Welcoming 

Question:  My boyfriend and I recently spent some time at a really nice little inn in the Smoky Mountains.  One nice touch is a blackboard in the foyer that welcomes all the guest

Oped While the Candidates Run We Ride

Op-ed: While the Candidates Run, We Ride 

The director of programs for Soulforce Equality Ride sees this year’s event as all the more important given the political backdrop it will happen against.

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.

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