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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: When Facebook Has a Relationship Status Surprise

Advice: Facebook's Relationship Status Surprises

Question: I’d been dating someone for a couple of months, and it was intense enough at first that we both quickly changed our Facebook status to “in a relationship” without ever talking abo

Oped HPV Infection Is a Gay Men Health Crisis

 Op-ed: HPV Infection Is a Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Discomfort with sexuality in general, and homophobia in particular, have played an insidious role in delaying needed HPV vaccine recommendations for boys, writes Dr. Ilan H. Meyer of The Williams Institute.

Oped Shepards Say Obama Will Move This Country Forward

 Op-ed: Shepards Say Obama Will “Move This Country Forward”

The parents of Matthew Shepard reflect on what it’s meant that, two years ago today, the president signed a hate crimes bill that invokes the name of their son who was murdered.

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.

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