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.
WATCH: Duggars Claim Petition Against Show Is Gaining Them Fans
December 18 2014 6:00 AM ET

WATCH: Duggars Claim Petition Against Show Is Gaining Them Fans

Dawn Ennis

The homophobic and prolific couple contend that 'God is expanding our borders through the national media.'

Black LGBT Faith Leaders on Why Black Lives Matter
December 17 2014 4:17 PM ET

Black LGBT Faith Leaders on Why Black Lives Matter

Stevie St. John

Many black LGBT church members joined in Black Lives Matter Sunday actions to show that 'Black LGBT bodies must matter too!'

Justice Thomas to Consider Extending Hold on Fla. Marriages
December 17 2014 2:47 PM ET

Justice Thomas to Consider Extending Hold on Fla. Marriages

Trudy Ring

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has seemed amenable to similar requests in other states, so marriage equality may not be quite so imminent in Florida.

Wis. School District Voluntarily Adopts Trans-Inclusive Athletics Policy
December 17 2014 2:46 PM ET

Wis. School District Voluntarily Adopts Trans-Inclusive Policy

Mitch Kellaway

A Wisconsin school district has adopted a trans-inclusive athletics policy this week — before any trans students came forward to request the change.

Tennessee Desperate to Keep Marriage Case Out of Court
December 17 2014 1:25 PM ET

Tennessee Desperate to Keep Marriage Case Out of Court

Matt Baume

Tennessee officials want the U.S. Supreme Court to keep an antigay ruling in place, upholding the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Op-ed: Gay Abstinence Is Not the Answer to the FDA Blood Ban
December 17 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Gay Abstinence Isn't an Answer to Blood Ban

Kelsey Louie

A proposed amendment to the FDA blood ban that requires a one-year period of abstinence is ineffective and discriminatory, says the CEO of Gay Men's Health Crisis.

5 Ways to Win at Social Media
December 17 2014 7:00 AM ET

5 Ways to Win at Social Media

Tyler Curry

Help your Facebook feed thrive with these 5 tips.

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians
December 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians

Stevie St. John

Americans United for Separation of Church and State's report responds to 61 claims about perceived threats to 'religious liberty in the military,' several of which relate to LGBT people and issues.

Federal Court Rules Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Trans Prisoners
December 16 2014 5:58 PM ET

Fed. Court Rules Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Trans Prisoners

Mitch Kellaway

In overturning a decision that medically necessary gender-confirmation surgery should be provided to a transgender inmate, advocates worry the court has created a harmful precedent.

WATCH: Teen With Two Moms Tells Texas It's Time to Change
December 16 2014 4:00 PM ET December 17 2014 10:50 AM ET

WATCH: Teen With Two Moms Tells Texas It's Time to Change

Sunnivie Brydum

Mason Marriott-Voss, a 16-year-old student in Austin raised by two moms, says there's nothing that needs changing about his family — it's Texas that needs to change.

Suspect Charged in Shooting Death of Ga. Trans Woman, But Media and Police Still Get It Wrong
December 16 2014 3:52 PM ET

Suspect Charged in Shooting Death of Georgia Trans Woman

Mitch Kellaway

Keymori Shatoya Johnson was shot to death two weeks ago, but local police and media have been reluctant to publicly identify her as a trans woman and possibly consider her murder a hate crime.

Four LGBT Personalities Make 'Rising Stars of Cable News' List
December 16 2014 3:43 PM ET

'Rising Stars of Cable News' List Skews Heavily LGBT

Dawn Ennis

Of the nine chosen by Mediaite, three are gay men and one is a lesbian.

Vine Star Attempts to Justify Homophobic Video
December 16 2014 3:10 PM ET

Vine Star Attempts to Justify Homophobic Video

Jase Peeples

Nash Grier has made another public apology for the video he made calling HIV a 'fag' thing, but the internet star has a habit of using gay slurs on social media.

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