Politics
In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, The Advocate reports on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin and their work to advance the causes of the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Find out about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
REPORT: New Defense Dept. Policy Could Allow for Open Trans Service
November 28 2014 3:02 PM ET

Could a New Defense Dept. Policy Allow for Open Trans Service?

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

New policy changes to military regulations within the Department of Defense could allow transgender members to serve in the military, contends a new report from the Palm Center.

167 Indian Trans Women 'Arbitrarily' Jailed, Protestors Demand Justice
November 28 2014 1:31 PM ET

167 Indian Trans Women 'Arbitrarily' Jailed

Mitch Kellaway

The day after Bangalore's pride parade, 167 hijra were detained under an anti-begging law in a move advocates consider a targeted assault against the women's gender identities.

Marriage Equality Comes to Finland
November 28 2014 12:42 PM ET November 28 2014 2:22 PM ET

Marriage Equality Comes to Finland

Sunnivie Brydum

In a vote of 105 — 92, Finland’s parliament granted equal marriage rights to same-sex couples Friday.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Health Scare But Is Home for Thanksgiving
November 27 2014 8:12 PM ET

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Health Scare

Lucas Grindley

The oldest member of the Supreme Court gave court watchers a scare.

Michigan AG Asks Supreme Court To Skip Ruling on Marriage Equality
November 27 2014 11:50 AM ET

Michigan AG Asks Supreme Court To Skip Ruling on Marriage Equality

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a petition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to leave the decision for marriage equality to voters.

Trans Man's Speech Dedicated to Trans Women of Color
November 27 2014 5:00 AM ET

A Trans Activist Calls Out Own Male Privilege

Blue Montana

Trans women are being killed in the streets. What are we doing about it?

Why the Mississippi Marriage Win Is Our Most Important Yet
November 26 2014 7:17 PM ET

Why the Miss. Marriage Win Is Our Most Important Yet

Matt Baume

A federal judge overturned Mississippi's marriage ban this week, in a ruling heavily influenced by DOMA-busting lawyer Robbie Kaplan.

Texas AG: Same-Sex Couples' Request to Marry 'Untimely, Out of Order'
November 26 2014 4:36 PM ET

Texas AG: Couples' Request to Marry 'Out of Order'

Sunnivie Brydum

Texas attorney general (and governor-elect) Greg Abbott makes his feelings about gay and lesbian couples' requests to marry immediately known in his latest legal filing.

WATCH: Marriage Equality Endangers 'Soul of America,' Says Huckabee
November 26 2014 4:33 PM ET

WATCH: Marriage Equality Endangers 'Soul of America,' Says Huckabee

Trudy Ring

Mike Huckabee made the statement in a speech laced with Holocaust references after leading a tour of concentration camps in Poland.

Another Lap for Michael Phelps’s Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend
November 26 2014 2:52 PM ET

Another Lap for Michael Phelps’s Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend

Dawn Ennis

The intersex 'cougar' has been the focus of uninformed tabloid coverage, but she appears to have willingly stepped into the spotlight.

Florida Republican Makes Another Attempt at Pro-LGBT Rights Bill
November 26 2014 2:42 PM ET

Florida Republican Makes Another Attempt at Pro-LGBT Rights Bill

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Republican state representative Holly Raschien helped bridge the gap to file the employment nondiscrimination bill that has failed several times.

WATCH: Ariz. Activist Convicted of 'Walking While Trans' Will Appeal
November 26 2014 1:31 PM ET

WATCH: Ariz. Activist Convicted of 'Walking While Trans' Will Appeal

Mitch Kellaway

After being found guilty of 'manifesting prostitution,' advocate Monica Jones is pushing back against the law that she contends is unconstitutionally vague and targets trans women of color.

Prime Time 25: LGBT Seniors Making a Difference
November 26 2014 9:00 AM ET

Prime Time 25: LGBT Seniors Making a Difference

Advocate.com Editors

These 25 LGBT achievers over 65 are proving that a person can change the world at any age.

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