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.
Ellen Page Faces Off With Antigay Ted Cruz About LGBT Rights at Iowa State Fair

WATCH: Ellen Page vs. Ted Cruz on LGBT Rights

The actress, who came out in 2014, confronted the Republican presidential candidate about LGBT rights.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders Slams 'Very Smart' Divisive Antigay Republicans

Bernie Sanders Slams Divisive Antigay Republicans

But the Democratic presidential hopeful and Independent Senator from Vermont refused to bad-mouth rival Hillary Clinton.

Civil Rights, Religious Groups Ask Obama: Fix Bush-Era Changes to Religious Freedom Act

Groups Ask Obama: Fix Religious Freedom Act

The act was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993, then reinterpreted in a 2007 memo by Bush administration lawyers to offer protection to religious organizations that discriminated in hiring.

Illinois Governor Signs 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Into Law

Illinois Governor Signs 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Into Law

Illinois joins California, New Jersey, Oregon, and D.C. in banning use of the discredited, harmful practice on minors.

Storming the Stage: A History of Disruptions to Advance Our Rights

Storming the Stage: A History of Disruptions to Advance Our Rights

The protester who interrupted President Obama in June was part of a long history of direct action in the LGBT movement.

Antigay Discrimination Bill Endorsed by Republican National Committee

RNC Endorses Antigay Discrimination Bill

The legislation, aimed at countering the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage, is called the First Amendment Defense Act.

Obama Appoints First Trans Woman to White House Post
August 19 2015 1:54 PM ET

First Trans Woman of Color Appointee in White House

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will be the first transgender appointee to work in the White House.

Op-ed: Mike Huckabee's Revival of the 'Social Experiment' Fallacy

Mike Huckabee's 'Social Experiment' Fallacy

It was the albatross that haunted DADT's repeal: that allowing gay and lesbians to serve openly would be a 'social experiment.' Now Mike Huckabee is using that same false premise against transgender service members.

WATCH: Richard Blanco Urges U.S. and Cuba to 'Heal Together' at Embassy Reopening

Richard Blanco Urges U.S. and Cuba to 'Heal Together'

The gay inaugural poet, who is Cuban-American, read a moving poem at the historic occasion in Havana.

Texas Republican Leader: Fight 'Homofascists' With Swords

Texas Republican: Fight 'Homofascists' With Swords

In a speech denouncing LGBT people, the conservative firebrand urged supporters to 'drive them out of our city.'

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