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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.
Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet
July 10 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet

Jackie Speier

Repealing the discriminatory 'don't ask, don't tell' policy was just the tip of the iceberg in getting a fully LGBT-inclusive military.

Op-ed: Why ENDA Doesn't Cut It for the ACLU
July 10 2014 5:06 AM ET

Op-ed: Why ENDA Doesn’t Cut It for the ACLU

Ian Thompson

When given the opportunity to discriminate against LGBT workers, the ACLU says, too many employers will take it.

Op-ed: Is Burger King Being Hypocritical With LGBT Marketing?
July 09 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Is Burger King's Pride Campaign Hypocritical?

Parker Marie Molloy

Yes, the "Proud Whopper" ad was nice, but if Burger King's corporate policies aren't actually LGBT-inclusive, is the company just paying lip service?

Op-ed: Why LGBT People Around the World Need Israel
July 09 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why LGBT People Around the World Need Israel

James Duke Mason

Israel acts as an example of a pro-LGBT society in a part of the world where sexual and gender minorities are often persecuted.

Op-ed: Why One of the Biggest LGBT Orgs Has Stopped Supporting ENDA
July 08 2014 11:02 AM ET

Op-ed: Why The Task Force Stopped Supporting ENDA

Rea Carey

Has the Hobby Lobby ruling compromised the strength of ENDA?

Op-ed: She Wasn't Just a Novelist With Promise, Marina Keegan Was My Friend
July 08 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Marina Keegan Was More Than a Promising Novelist

Cameron Keady

A posthumous publication of Marina Keegan's book leaves behind unsung words.

Op-ed: At the Last Moment, I Chose to Live
July 08 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: At the Last Moment, I Chose to Live

Rebecca Juro

To help prevent transgender suicides, those of us who are suicide-attempt survivors must tell our stories.

Op-ed: Lessons From a Bad Bra Fitting
July 07 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Lessons From a Bad Bra Fitting

Samantha Allen

Bra fittings can already be an awkward event, but a lingerie shop in Austin fumbled — twice — with a transgender customer.

Op-ed: AGT Seems to Believe Trans People Are Inherently Disgusting and Hilarious
July 04 2014 11:50 AM ET

Op-ed: The Penis Punchline and Prime-Time TV

Parker Marie Molloy

An 84-year-old man sings a hack song about how disgusting it is that a woman might have a penis. And that's supposed to be hilarious?

Op-ed: How Can Extreme Homophobes Still Win Elections?
July 03 2014 4:22 AM ET

Op-ed: How Can Extreme Homophobes Still Win Elections?

David Pakman

Someone who was kicked out of the Navy for his extremist religious view can still win a Republican primary in some places.

Op-ed: President Obama, Make Me Cry Again
July 03 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: President Obama, Make Me Cry Again

Rebecca Juro

We've shed tears of joy at your positive moves, Mr. President, but the time to finish the job on equality is now.

Op-ed: Remembering Our Queer History and Wishing a Happy Birthday to Sylvia Rivera
July 02 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Happy Birthday to LGBT Pioneer Sylvia Rivera

Parker Marie Molloy

Though she's been gone for more than a decade, Sylvia Rivera's influence can be seen in the work of some of the more fiery trans activists.

Op-ed: Hobby Lobby and the Constitutional Right to Be Stupid
July 01 2014 1:04 PM ET

Op-ed: Hobby Lobby and the Constitutional Right to Be Stupid

Michelle Garcia

Hobby Lobby just got a religious exemption from science. Yes, science.

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