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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 A New and Better Way of Preventing Bullying

 Op-ed: A New and Better Way of Preventing Bullying

A new law intended to prevent bullying presents schools with an either-or scenario in which neither the kid who bullies nor the kid who is bullied come out ahead. But there is a third way, says Daniel Zingale.

Oped What Will It Take for Americans to Help Iranians

Op-ed: What Will It Take for Americans to Help Iranians?

Iran’s regime executes and abuses LGBT people, sometimes forcing them to change genders, and it goes largely unchallenged by Americans who are much better off.

Oped Zachary Quinto Needs Our Help

Op-ed: Zachary Quinto Needs Our Help

Quinto's revelation is just the start of the final showdown on whether things in Hollywood change. And James Duke Mason says LGBT people can help ensure the status quo does not remain.

Advice Can We Just Ask for Cash as Our Wedding Gift

Advice: Can’t We Just Ask for Cash as Our Wedding Gift?

Q: My partner and I have been together for 11 years now and have been in the same cozy one bedroom apartment for most of them.

Op ed A Right and Wrong Way to Honor Fallen Gay Soldiers

Op-ed: Equal Sacrifice Demands Equal Rights

While the Wilfahrt family shows us the right way to honor soldiers who died in combat, the Republican presidential candidates show us the wrong way.

Op ed Our Role in Stopping a Suicide Crisis

 Op-ed: Our Role in Stopping a Suicide Crisis

The director of The Trevor Project has a warning for activists and the media: talking about specific cases of LGBT kids who die by suicide could actually help spread the problem instead of combating it.

Op ed Do You Believe All of the World LGBT People Can Be Free

Op-ed: Can All of the World’s LGBT People Be Free?

The birth of the Kaleidoscope Trust, a new international gay rights group with tremendous support in Britain, begs the question of how much we believe is possible.

Advice When Good Friends Ask Bad Questions About Your Baby

Advice: When Friends Ask Bad Questions About Your Baby 

Q: My husband and I ran into an old friend, a lesbian who was surprised to see us pushing a stroller.

Oped A Model Environment for the Young and Gay

 Op-ed: A Model Environment for the Young and Gay

More than 500 young people will gather this weekend for Models of Pride, the world’s largest free conference for LGBT youth. The event’s director reflects on why safe havens like these are so important.

Oped Why Frank Kameny Is Part of Our Smithsonian Collection

 Op-ed: Why Frank Kameny Belongs at the Smithsonian

The curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which is home to political paraphernalia from Frank Kameny’s life, explains what set the activist apart.

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