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.
Transgender Woman Assaulted in Possible Hate Crime
January 16 2014 2:23 PM ET

Transgender Woman Assaulted in Possible Hate Crime

Parker Marie Molloy

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force has been assigned to the case involving the assault on a transgender woman in an Astoria diner.

Seattle Archbishop Defends Firing of Gay Vice Principal
January 16 2014 2:10 PM ET

Seattle Archbishop Defends Firing of Gay Vice Principal

Daniel Reynolds

After weeks of protest from students, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has announced that the Church will stand firm in its support of Eastside Catholic's decision to fire gay administrator Mark Zmuda for marrying his partner.

Op-Ed: I'm Not Convinced Keith Ablow Is An Ethical Doctor
January 16 2014 10:50 AM ET

Op-Ed: I'm 'Not Convinced' Keith Ablow Is Ethical

Parker Marie Molloy

2011 Misinformer of the Year Dr. Keith Ablow recently reaffirmed his belief that trans people don't exist, citing lack of "definitive proof."

Op-ed: When Stigma Overshadows The News
January 16 2014 6:30 AM ET

Op-ed: When Stigma Overshadows News

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Do LGBT news outlets do a disservice when they don't report on egregious things that happen among our population?

The Changing Face of Diplomacy
January 16 2014 6:00 AM ET

The Changing Face of Diplomacy

Dominic Bocci

Not so long ago the idea of a gay person representing the United States in embassies abroad was unimaginable. Oh, how times have changed.

WATCH: Indiana Church Sees Exodus After Gay Choir Director's Dismissal
January 15 2014 6:26 PM ET

WATCH: Indiana Church Sees Exodus After Gay Choir Director's Dismissal

Trudy Ring

Since Adam Fraley was let go for being gay, nearly 80 percent of the members of First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind., have left.

Federal Agency Reviewing Trans-Exclusionary Insurance Policies
January 15 2014 11:55 AM ET January 16 2014 3:31 PM ET

Federal Agency Reviewing Trans-Exclusive Insurance Policies

Parker Marie Molloy

The Office of Personnel Management is reviewing the insurance policies currently offered to agency employees, evaluating whether or not to include transition-related care on future plans.

N.Y., Minn. Consider Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
January 14 2014 10:02 PM ET

N.Y., Minn. Consider Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Trudy Ring

Legislation that would ban use of the discredited practice on minors was introduced Monday in both states.

WATCH: Right-Winger Claims 'Homosexuals Already Have Full Marriage Equality'
January 14 2014 7:04 PM ET

'Homosexuals Already Have Full Marriage Equality?'

Sunnivie Brydum

Brian Fischer contends that gay people marrying opposite-sex spouses counts as equal rights, and that Judeo-Christian opposition to equality will remain steadfast — forever.

BREAKING: Judge Says OK to Marriage Equality in Oklahoma
January 14 2014 6:34 PM ET

Judge Says OK to Marriage Equality in Oklahoma

Trudy Ring

The winds of marriage equality have come sweeping down the plain in Oklahoma, although the ruling is on hold pending appeal.

Transgender Rights Bill Introduced in Maryland
January 14 2014 5:04 PM ET

Trans Rights Bill Introduced in Maryland

Parker Marie Molloy

A newly introduced piece of legislation aims to make Maryland the 18th state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.

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