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.
WATCH: This Man's Partner Died Waiting for Illinois Marriage Equality
September 19 2013 1:28 PM ET

WATCH: This Is Why Illinois Can't Wait for Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Robert Smith shares his heartbreaking story about why Illinois can't wait any longer for marriage equality.

Pope Francis: Church Shouldn't 'Interfere Spiritually' With LGBT Lives
September 19 2013 12:24 PM ET

Pope: Church Shouldn't 'Interfere' With LGBT Lives

Sunnivie Brydum

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church continues to grab headlines with his compassionate stances on traditionally oppositional issues.

Breaking Binaries With B. Scott
September 19 2013 6:00 AM ET

Breaking Binaries With B. Scott

Sunnivie Brydum

The TV, radio, and Web personality opens up about the BET Awards he was pulled from for dressing too femme, and explains how he came to terms with his recently claimed transgender identity.

Labor Dept. Issues New Rules for Same-Sex Marriages, Benefits
September 18 2013 7:05 PM ET

Labor Dept. Issues New Rules for Same-Sex Marriages, Benefits

Michael Regula

With the fall of section 3 of DOMA comes new rules on rights and benefits for married gay and lesbian couples.

Pastor Proud to Be Inspiration for Russian "Homosexual Propaganda" Ban
September 18 2013 4:56 PM ET

Pastor Proud to Be Inspiration for Russian "Homosexual Propaganda" Ban

Nicholas Cimarusti

Outspoken American pastor Scott Lively claims to have inspired Russia's recent ban on "homosexual propaganda."

Gay Mass. Candidate 'Comes Out' to Tea Party Dad
September 18 2013 1:13 PM ET

Gay Mass. Candidate 'Comes Out' to Tea Party Dad

Michelle Garcia

Carl Sciortino Sr. bemoans his son's politics.

Senate Confirms Lesbian as Judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims
September 17 2013 6:48 PM ET

Senate Confirms Lesbian as Judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Daniel Reynolds

The Senate confirmed Elaine Kaplan, the acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as a judge by a vote of 64-35.

Pa. Reps to Propose Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Youth
September 17 2013 4:59 PM ET

Pa. Reps to Propose Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Youth

Daniel Reynolds

Representatives Gerald Mullery and Brian Sims, who is gay, plan to sponsor a bill that would ban 'conversion therapy' for minors in Pennsylvania.

Gay Man Named Head Chaplain of Canadian Military
September 17 2013 4:09 PM ET

Gay Man Named Head Chaplain of Canadian Military

Daniel Reynolds

Brig. Gen. John Fletcher, a gay Anglican priest, was appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

ACLU Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Nursing Student Denied Bathroom Rights
September 17 2013 3:03 PM ET

ACLU Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Nursing Student Denied Bathroom Rights

Daniel Reynolds

A complaint filed by the ACLU states that a Florida technical school violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act when it denied a transgender student access to gender-specific bathrooms.

WATCH: Bryan Fischer Loves Gays But Is 'Tired of Being Bullied' by Them
September 17 2013 2:10 PM ET

WATCH: Bryan Fischer Loves Gays But Is 'Tired of Being Bullied' by Them

Daniel Reynolds

The conservative talk show host expressed both love and sadness for the LGBT community.

Op-ed: How I Married 110 Same-Sex Couples
September 17 2013 5:05 AM ET

Op-ed: How I Married 110 Same-Sex Couples

Marilee Harrison

One secular celebrant's path to marrying more than 100 same-sex couples in New Mexico.

First Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Trans Rapper
September 16 2013 7:01 PM ET

First Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Trans Rapper

Sunnivie Brydum

Ashanti McAlister, 19, was found guilty of intentional homicide in the killing of 22-year-old Evon Young, a transgender rapper in Milwaukee.

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