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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.
REPORT: Local, State Campaigns Give Momentum to Nationwide Equality
October 30 2013 3:22 PM ET

STUDY: Local Campaigns Give Momentum to Nationwide Equality

Jase Peeples

A new report from the Equality Federation Institute outlines the historic strides made in LGBT equality throughout 2012.

Mormon Church Back in Marriage Equality Fight in Hawaii
October 30 2013 3:18 PM ET

Mormon Church Back in Marriage Equality Fight in Hawaii

Trudy Ring

After a few years of sitting out such battles, the church is becoming active in Hawaii, urging members to oppose the legislation pending there.

Last Three Democrat Holdouts To Support ENDA
October 30 2013 2:26 PM ET October 30 2013 6:05 PM ET

UPDATE: Senate to Consider ENDA Next Week

Michelle Garcia

With cautious support from Republicans, ENDA seems to have gained a majority of support in the Senate, and is expected to come before the chamber next week.

WATCH: Trans Woman Alleges Harassment At LA Fitness
October 30 2013 2:19 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Woman Alleges Harassment At LA Fitness

Sunnivie Brydum

Yanel Valenzuela says management at an LA Fitness facility in Montclair, Calif., told her she's no longer allowed to use the women's locker room.

WATCH: Va. Lt. Gov. Hopeful Says DADT Repeal Turned Military Into 'Sodom and Gomorrah'
October 30 2013 12:15 PM ET

WATCH: Va. Pol Says 'God Is Not Pleased' with DADT Repeal

Sunnivie Brydum

Right Wing Watch uncovers additional evidence of E.W. Jackson's homophobia.

Lutheran Minister's 'Journey of Understanding' Led to Marriage Equality Support
October 29 2013 6:14 PM ET

Lutheran Minister's 'Journey of Understanding' Led to Marriage Equality Support

Trudy Ring

Retired pastor Gilbert Rossing has two gay sons — he officiated a marriage ceremony for one and would like to do so for the other, if only the state of Oregon would legalize same-sex marriage.

Calif. 'Christians' Spread Another Fake Story About Trans Bathroom Harassment
October 29 2013 2:23 PM ET

Uncover the Latest False Claim of Trans Bathroom Harassment

Sunnivie Brydum

Supporters of a campaign to repeal California's new law supporting transgender students are once again publishing false claims that allege trans teenagers are harassing their female classmates in restrooms.

Same-Sex Couples Sue to Strike Down Texas Marriage Ban
October 29 2013 1:00 PM ET

Same-Sex Couples Sue to Strike Down Texas Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Two same-sex couples in Texas take aim at the laws that keep the state from recognizing their marriages.

Trans Advocates Want to Meet With Jelly Belly Chairman
October 28 2013 6:46 PM ET

Trans Advocates Want To Meet With Jelly Belly Chairman

Michelle Garcia

Leaders from four major LGBT organizations want to meet with the chairman of Jelly Belly Candy to persuade him to drop his support for an anti–trans student policy in California.

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality
October 28 2013 6:12 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Members of the public were invited to give testimony in one-minute segments Monday before the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

WATCH: Lou Reed: Perhaps Bisexual, Definitely a Voice for All
October 28 2013 2:49 PM ET

WATCH: Lou Reed: Perhaps Bisexual, Definitely a Voice for All

Trudy Ring

Reed, rumored to have had relationships with men as well as women, was one of the first rock stars to feature gay and transgender people in his songs.

Breaking: Senate Will Vote on ENDA Before Thanksgiving
October 28 2013 2:43 PM ET

Senate Will Vote on ENDA Before Thanksgiving

Sunnivie Brydum

LGBT workers might have something extra to be thankful for when Thanksgiving arrives November 28.

WATCH: NOM's Recycled Homophobia Washes Up in Hawaii
October 28 2013 2:13 PM ET

WATCH: NOM's Recycled Homophobia Washes Up in Hawaii

Sunnivie Brydum

As the Hawaii legislature gathers for a special session to consider marriage equality, the antigay National Organization for Marriage begins running TV ads opposing same-sex marriage.

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