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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 The Importance of Marriage Equality to Trans Community

Op-ed: The Importance of Marriage Equality to Trans Community

Some transgender people are frustrated by the significant resources that our organizations devote to marriage equality efforts, but there’s reason to believe it will make a difference.

Oped How I Healed My Crippled Spirit

Op-ed: How I Healed My Crippled Spirit

The creator of Sordid Lives reveals how his return to live performing helped him survive being cheated by a producing partner, losing his home, and going through a painful divorce.

Oped LGBT Veterans Deserve Dignity

Op-ed: LGBT Veterans Deserve Dignity  

In the post-“don’t ask, don’t tell” era, there’s new hope for many retired service members dealing with the real fallout of an “undesirable” discharge from the past, SLDN's David McKean writes.

Oped Israel and the Nukes of Hazard

Op-ed: Israel and the Nukes of Hazard

Michael Lucas argues that, when faced with Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Israel should remember a lesson about whether the international community can be trusted with its security.

Oped Should We Stay or Should We Go

 Op-ed: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

David Michael Conner asks what any gay man should do when his suburban hometown is represented in local government by an antigay, self-proclamed “Public Advocate.”

Oped Just the Facts on North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment

Op-ed: Just the Facts on North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment 

Two North Carolinians shoot down a list of fictions that are parading around the state as facts in the debate about a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Oped We Have Been Here Before

Op-ed: We Should Understand, We’ve Been Here Before

LGBT people were once viewed as a threat to national security, so we should understand what’s at stake in a proposed civil rights ordinance in San Francisco, says the National Center for Lesbian Rights’s Daniel Redman.

Op-ed: The Case for Victory in North Carolina

The antigay ballot measure Amendment One, slated for a vote next month, will pass — or so many insiders assume. Adam Bink explains why the conventional wisdom is dead wrong.

Oped Why New Yorkers Still Need Community Centers Like Ours

Op-ed: Why New Yorkers Still Need Community Centers Like Ours

Just because New York passed marriage equality, that doesn’t mean places like the Brooklyn Community Pride Center are obsolete, says its new executive director, Erin Drinkwater.

Oped Avon Jogia Bully Is A Way For Us To Fight Back

Op-ed: Is a Way For Us to Fight Back 

The Victorious actor and founder of the impactful Straight But Not Narrow campaign believes the new documentary has the power to make schools safer for teenagers.

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