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.
Op-ed: We Need an ENDA Worth Fighting For
August 22 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: We Need an ENDA Worth Fighting For

Rea Carey

As members of Congress head back to their districts for summer recess, remind them why we need an ENDA with a fair religious exemption.

Op-ed: What's Missing From Recent Trans Marriage Victory Celebrations?
August 22 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: What's Missing From Recent Trans Marriage Victories?

Ezra Young

Trans lawyer Ezra Young explains how despite recent wins for trans men Thomas Beatie and Buck Angel, long-term change will require a deeper look at underlying legal biases.

Homophobe Scott Lively Will Be on Ballot for Mass. Governor
August 21 2014 7:10 PM ET

Homophobe Scott Lively Will Be on Ballot for Mass. Governor

Trudy Ring

The antigay minister has submitted enough valid petition signatures to get him on the ballot as an independent.

Philly-Area Trans Teen Commits Suicide on Train Tracks
August 21 2014 6:54 PM ET

Philly-Area Trans Teen Commits Suicide on Train Tracks

Mitch Kellaway

Riley Moscatel's highly public suicide is indicative of a troubling trend: Trans people have an exponentially higher rate of suicide attempts than nontrans folks.

Capitol Hill Staffers Blocked for Antitrans Wikipedia Edits
August 21 2014 4:26 PM ET

Capitol Hill Staffers Blocked for Antitrans Wikipedia Edits

Rebecca Juro

One user at a congressional IP address changed a description of Laverne Cox to say she is 'a real man pretending to be a woman.'

Federal Judge Rules Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
August 21 2014 4:16 PM ET

Federal Judge Rules Florida's Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Sunnivie Brydum and Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

This is the first federal judge to find that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2008 as Amendment 2, violates the U.S. Constitution.

Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart to Present Google With GLAAD Award
August 21 2014 3:54 PM ET

Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart to Present Google With GLAAD Award

Daniel Reynolds

The tech giant is being honored for its LGBT advocacy at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco.

Joan Rivers, Gloria Allred Officiate at Bicoastal Same-Sex Weddings
August 21 2014 2:32 PM ET

Four Grooms, Two Divas, and One Weekend

Thom Senzee

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers and civil rights attorney Gloria Allred both officiated same-sex weddings last weekend, in New York City and West Hollywood, respectively. 

40 Under 40: Kate Fagan Brings LGBT Athletes to Mainstream Audiences
August 21 2014 8:00 AM ET

Kate Fagan Brings LGBT Athletes to Mainstream Audiences

Michelle Garcia

The Messengers: ESPN writer Kate Fagan is using the power of words to elevate the names and stories of LGBT athletes in a way that makes them seem larger than life.

40 Under 40: With Kimberley McLeod, LGBT Women of Color Make Their Own Spotlight
August 21 2014 7:00 AM ET

Helping LGBT Women of Color Make Their Own Spotlight

Michelle Garcia

The Messengers: When Kimberley McLeod was younger, she thought she was alone. Until she realized she isn't.

Op-ed: In Mass. Politics, Love Now Dares to Speak Its Name
August 21 2014 6:33 AM ET

Op-ed: In One State's Politics, Love Dares Speak Its Name

Steve Kerrigan

An onstage kiss between the aspiring lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and his partner went unremarked on, demonstrating how far U.S. politics has come in a short period of time.

40 Under 40: Music Reporter Gerrick Kennedy Finds The Music You're Going To Love
August 21 2014 6:00 AM ET

This Reporter Finds The Music You're Going To Love

Neal Broverman

The Messengers: The music that Los Angeles Times reporter Gerrick Kennedy writes about today will be the stuff you love tomorrow.

40 Under 40: B. Scott Cares About Making the Best Version of Yourself
August 21 2014 5:00 AM ET

B. Scott Cares About Making the Best Version of Yourself

Michelle Garcia

The Messengers: B. Scott has worked his way up the ladder to become a media maven, and he's helping others on the way.

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