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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: I'm Not Butch and Rachel Dolezal Is Not Black

Op-ed: I'm Not Butch and Rachel Dolezal Is Not Black

African-American lesbian Femi Redwood says Dolezal can't know what it's like to be black, just like Redwood can't know what it's like to be butch.

Op-ed: Why Bush, Rubio Can’t Quit the Radical Right

Op-ed: Why Bush, Rubio Can’t Quit the Radical Right

The deputy director of Equality Florida says that GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will screw over LGBT people in America if elected, just as they did in Florida.

Op-ed: How the Gay Games Went Wrong

Op-ed: How the Gay Games Went Wrong

The daughter of the Gay Games' founder says the international sporting event is being diluted because of a merger with the OutGames.

Op-ed: How I Finally Left My Abusive Boyfriend

Op-ed: How I Finally Left My Abusive Boyfriend

After leaving his violent partner, this man realized what made him stay for so long.

Op-ed: Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Idea of Transracial

Op-ed: Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Idea of Transracial

The nation is fixated on Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane NAACP who allegedly faked being African-American. Does her experience mirror the LGBT one? Not so much, says this writer.

Op-ed: Pittsburgh Is Still Cool as Folk

Op-ed: Pittsburgh Is Still Cool as Folk

People like to take shots at Pittsburgh, but as demonstrated with Iggygate, this city has balls of steel.

Op-ed: What Pride Means in 2015

Op-ed: What Pride Means in 2015

Task Force executive director Rea Carey reflects on what's changed in a year, and what the LGBT equality fight will look like in the next 12 months.

Op-ed: Don't You Dare Forget About Frank Kameny

Op-ed: Don't You Dare Forget About Frank Kameny

The highest-ranking gay staffer at the Department of Labor says it's high time to #ThankFrank.

Op-ed: This Trans Teen Escaped Hell Twice

Op-ed: This Trans Teen Escaped Hell Twice

After she sought political asylum in the U.S., Mexican-born Victoria Villalba was tossed into a dangerous detention center. She narrowly survived the experience, and is now being rewarded for her courage in fighting for a new life.

Op-ed: Dear Gay Ambassadors, Be Straight About Trade Deal

Op-ed: Dear Gay Ambassadors, Be Straight About Trade Deal

Activists Cleve Jones and Jerame Davis ask: Why are America's out ambassadors arguing in favor of giving special 'favored nation' status to virulently anti-LGBT countries, including one that stones gays to death?

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