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.
Married U.K. Gays Can Create Custom Coats of Arms
May 09 2014 12:48 PM ET

Married U.K. Gays Can Create Custom Coats of Arms

Sunnivie Brydum

A medieval English tradition is getting a modern update to include same-sex couples.

Drop Dead Diva Showrunner Josh Berman Says Goodbye, Trans Episode Among The Last
May 09 2014 6:00 AM ET

Drop Dead Diva Signs Off With Trans Episode

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Drop Dead Diva uses one of its last episodes to focus on a story playing out right now: a trans kid who can't use the school restroom.

Bill Would Extend Social Security Benefits to All Married Couples
May 08 2014 6:37 PM ET

Bill Would Extend Social Security Benefits to All Married Couples

Michelle Garcia

While the gutting of DOMA last year made equal access to Social Security benefits possible for married same-sex couples in states with marriage equality, it didn't change the situation for all gay and lesbian spouses in the U.S.

WATCH: Fox Host Grills Santorum on Marriage
May 08 2014 4:50 PM ET

WATCH: Fox Host Grills Santorum on Marriage

Trudy Ring

Santorum touts the benefits of marriage, and Neil Cavuto presses him on whether it might be good for same-sex couples too.

N.Y. Lawmaker Looks to Simplify Name Change for Trans Residents
May 08 2014 4:37 PM ET

Bill Aims to Simplify Name Change for Trans New Yorkers

Parker Marie Molloy

In most states, transgender individuals are required to publish a public notice in a local newspaper prior to legally changing their names. One legislator hopes to remove this burden for trans New Yorkers.

HHS Expected to Lift Medicare Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries
May 08 2014 4:11 PM ET

HHS Expected to Lift Medicare Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries

Parker Marie Molloy

Medicare's 33-year-old ban on transition-related surgery for transgender Americans may soon be coming to an end.

WATCH: India's Newly Recognized Hijra Community Reminds Citizens to Buckle Up
May 08 2014 12:32 PM ET

WATCH: Indian Hijras Remind Citizens to Buckle Up

Parker Marie Molloy

A group of Indian hijras took part in a PSA encouraging the country's drivers to buckle their seatbelts.

Ore. Bar Owner Accused of Antitrans Discrimination Running for Office
May 08 2014 11:04 AM ET

Ore. Man Accused of Antitrans Discrimination Bias Running for Office

Parker Marie Molloy

Former business owner Chris Penner is looking to unseat the commissioner of the state's labor bureau, which found Penner guilty of antitrans discrimination in 2012 and ordered him to pay $400,000, although Penner has thus far refused to pay the fine.

Rep. Henry Waxman to Receive Lambda Legal's Highest Honor
May 07 2014 7:45 PM ET

Rep. Henry Waxman to Receive Lambda Legal's Highest Honor

Daniel Reynolds

The country's largest legal organization will present the California congressman with its Liberty Award, honoring his longtime advocacy for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Orange Is the New Black's Lea DeLaria Withdraws From Michfest
May 07 2014 7:39 PM ET

OINTB Star Withdraws From Michfest

Sunnivie Brydum

Responding to Twitter questions about her decision to perform at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, which does not admit transgender women, out actor Lea DeLaria announced that she will not participate.

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call
May 07 2014 5:21 PM ET

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call

Trudy Ring

The out candidate is ahead by fewer than 400 votes in his congressional primary.

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