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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.
Topeka, Kan., Now Protects Gender Identity, Domestic Partnerships
May 28 2014 12:20 PM ET May 28 2014 4:55 PM ET

Topeka, Kan., Now Protects Gender Identity, Domestic Partnerships

Mitch Kellaway

The city council of Topeka, Kansas, passed an 'equality package' to extend employment nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals and those in domestic partnerships.

Op-ed: This T-Word Fight Is About Respect
May 28 2014 5:30 AM ET

Op-ed: This T-Word Fight Is About Respect

Rebecca Juro

The fight over the use of a transgender slur is becoming a divisive topic — at what cost?

WATCH: Gay Male Prom Queen Fights Transphobia
May 27 2014 6:30 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Prom Queen Fights Transphobia

Parker Marie Molloy

When Nasir Fleming, a gay male student at Danbury High School, was elected prom queen, he took the historic coronation to stand up for trans and gender-nonconforming students.

TV Psych Apologizes For Claiming Santa Barbara Shooter Suffered 'Homosexual Impulses'
May 27 2014 4:12 PM ET

TV Psych Claims Shooter Ailed by 'Homosexual Impulses,' Fired

Michelle Garcia

Pyschotherapist Robi Ludwig apologized after asserting that shooter Elliot Rodger's behavior may be driven by 'homosexual impulses,' but she still lost her job with real estate agency Caldwell Banker.

Duke Univ. Press Debuts Academic Journal for Transgender Studies
May 27 2014 2:46 PM ET

Duke Press Debuts New Academic Journal for Trans Studies

Mitch Kellaway

Transgender Studies Quarterly bills itself as the first nonmedical journal focusing on contemporary issues facing the trans and gender-nonconforming communities.

North Dakota to Face Lawsuit on Marriage Ban
May 27 2014 1:14 PM ET

North Dakota to Face Lawsuit on Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

The last state in the U.S. without marriage equality or litigation seeking to establish it is about to join the trend, as same-sex couples prepare to challenge North Dakota's antigay-marriage laws.

RuPaul Further Responds Transphobic Accusations: 'I've Been a 'Tranny' For 32 Years'
May 26 2014 2:16 PM ET

RuPaul Further Responds: 'I've Been a 'Tranny' For 32 Years'

Jase Peeples

RuPaul took to Twitter to further weigh in on his use of the t-word, and allegations that Logo is 'distancing' itself from the drag icon after recent comments.

May 26 2014 12:40 PM ET

Gay Vets Continue to Fight to Win Back Their Honor

Being gay is no longer a bar to joining the military, but tens of thousands of former service members continue to be tarred by their military records. One woman fights to win back her honor

Op-ed: Remember, There Are Transgender People Lost Serving in Silence
May 26 2014 3:12 AM ET

Op-ed: Remember Trans People Lost Serving in Silence

Michael Silverman

The executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has an important reminder for Memorial Day.

N.D. Gets a Mayor for Marriage Equality, May Get Lawsuit Soon
May 25 2014 6:49 PM ET

N.D. Gets a Mayor for Marriage Equality, May Get Lawsuit Soon

Trudy Ring

The attorney handling a marriage equality suit in South Dakota says one will come to the neighboring state shortly; meanwhile, the mayor of Thompson, N.D., is speaking out for equal marriage rights.

WATCH: Fox Pundit Wonders if Santa Barbara Killer Had 'Homosexual Impulses'
May 25 2014 6:17 PM ET

WATCH: Fox Pundit Wonders if Santa Barbara Killer Had 'Homosexual Impulses'

Trudy Ring

Psychologist Robi Ludwig speculates that the man who killed six people in Southern California Friday night could have been fighting his gay feelings.

WATCH: Bill Maher Lauds Gay Advances, Decries 'Political Correctness'
May 25 2014 1:01 PM ET

WATCH: Bill Maher Lauds Gay Advances, Decries 'Political Correctness'

Trudy Ring

We've won the culture wars, Maher says, adding a call for tolerance of those who haven't fully evolved yet.

U.S. Could Have Nationwide Marriage Equality in a Year, Says Lawyer
May 25 2014 12:17 PM ET

U.S. Could Have Nationwide Marriage Equality in a Year, Says Lawyer

Trudy Ring

Lawyer Paul Smith says a marriage equality case could reach the Supreme Court next year and receive a favorable ruling.

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