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.
Ottawa Catholic School Could Reverse Ban on Gay Rights Project
December 02 2014 1:46 PM ET

Ottawa Catholic School Could Reverse Ban on Gay Rights Project

Stevie St. John

Two Ottawa sixth-graders were barred from doing a social justice project on gay rights. The school board is reportedly reconsidering that decision.

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Texas
December 02 2014 9:30 AM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Marriage in Texas

Matt Baume

Get up to speed on the flurry of legal moves that keep trying to bring marriage equality to Texas.

Op-ed: When Trans Men's Visibility Comes at the Cost of Self-Esteem
December 02 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: When Trans Men's Visibility Comes at the Cost of Self-Esteem

Mitch Kellaway

When Gay Star News published its list of '11 Insanely Hot Men You Will Not Believe Are Trans,' it perpetuated some of the most damaging social messages about trans men's bodies and appearances.

Second Transphobic Ad Hits Press as Minn. Debates Student Athlete Policy
December 01 2014 7:04 PM ET

Minn. Paper Publishes Transphobic Ad — Again

Dawn Ennis

The ad is designed to stoke the unfounded fear that transgender athletes will take cisgender (nontrans) girls' places on school teams.

WATCH: Latest Marriage Wins Aren't as Simple as They Seem
December 01 2014 1:37 PM ET

WATCH: Latest Marriage Wins Aren't as Simple as They Seem

Matt Baume

Last week saw two victories in Southern states, but there may be bumps in the road before the cases get much further.

Antoinette Thornes Is a Trans Actress Who Rocks
November 30 2014 7:00 AM ET

Antoinette Thornes Is a Trans Actress Who Rocks

Brandon Voss

The Thornes singer chats about her role as a woman with a secret in the family drama On a Stool at the End of the Bar.

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.

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