Commentary

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.
40 heroes

40 heroes

We have a winner...and it's Ellen! Thousands of you ranked your top 40 favorites for our first Greatest Gay Heroes list. Controversial? Outrageous? Fascinating? All of the above.

Out with the mayors

Out with the mayors

University of Toronto business professor Richard Florida wrote in his best-selling book The Rise of the Creative Class that a large gay presence helps a city’s economic performance. So we asked the mayors of five cities: “Why should young gay professionals move to your city?”

Go, Terri, Go!

Go, Terri, Go!

As a young man, J.T. Hayes was one of the most promising race car drivers in the South. Now J.T. is Terri O’Connell, a fierce woman preparing a second act to rival the first.

Guy Padgett

Guy Padgett

In 2004 the city council of Casper, Wyo.—Matthew Shepard’s hometown—unanimously elected their first openly gay mayor.

A call to duty

A call to duty

A lesbian Navy captain recalls how the events of 9/11 forever changed the way she serves her country.

Why the Bailey controversy won't die soon

Why the Bailey controversy won't die soon

To focus on the overzealous response of some trans activists is to miss the bigger picture -- that transsexuals are fed up with non-trans "experts" claiming to know us better than we do

An age-old problem

An age-old problem

"We turn up our noses at friendships and relationships just because the other guy is old enough to remember the 'Cougar' in John Mellencamp."

The show must go on

The show must go on

When the founder of the Los Angeles–based Globe Playhouse passed away, the fate of the theater was uncertain. Now a lesbian playwright has stepped in to preserve the landmark’s legacy while refashioning its future.

For the boys

For the boys

Showstopping cabaret star Amy Armstrong tells why she’s big on singing for the gays.

Prime-time bi

Prime-time bi

Bonnie Somerville gets a little same sex-and-the-city in Darren Star’s new show.

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