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: CNN's Don Lemon: 'People Do Look Alike'
February 13 2014 3:03 PM ET

WATCH: CNN's Don Lemon: 'People Do Look Alike'

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The out anchorman has some sympathy for the reporter who confused Samuel L. Jackson and Laurence Fishburne.

Facebook Announces Expanded Gender Options for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Users
February 13 2014 1:47 PM ET

Facebook Expands Gender Options

Parker Marie Molloy

For years, trans individuals have lamented Facebook's requirement to be addressed using either male or female pronouns. Starting today, that's all changed.

Trans Student Hopes to Make High School Softball Dreams a Reality
February 13 2014 11:38 AM ET

Trans Student Aims to Play High School Softball

Parker Marie Molloy

Pat Cordova-Goff never thought she'd have the chance to play sports after coming out as transgender. A recently implemented California law has given her hope.

In Her Own Words: Roberta Kaplan Remembers How DOMA Fell
February 12 2014 6:41 PM ET

In Her Own Words: Roberta Kaplan Recalls DOMA's Fall

Lucas Grindley

The civil rights attorney was honored at the Makers conference this weekend.

Equal Marriage Recognition Suits Filed in Louisiana, Missouri
February 12 2014 6:22 PM ET

Equal Marriage Recognition Suits Filed in La., Mo.

Sunnivie Brydum

LGBT organizations are taking aim at discriminatory marriage laws in two traditionally conservative states.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Says Being Gay's a Blessing, Praises Michael Sam
February 12 2014 6:20 PM ET

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Says Being Gay's a Blessing, Praises Michael Sam

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The hoopla over the college football star's coming-out is 'not strange to me at all,' says Cooper.

Judge Hears Arguments on Lifting Texas Marriage Ban; No Ruling Yet
February 12 2014 4:50 PM ET

Judge Hears Arguments on Lifting Texas Marriage Ban; No Ruling Yet

Trudy Ring

The couples challenging the ban want it suspended while they await a trial in the case.

WATCH: 'GMA' Anchor Josh Elliott Wondered 'Maybe I'm Gay' Like Dad
February 12 2014 3:19 PM ET

GMA Anchor Wondered 'Maybe I'm Gay' Like Dad

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Elliott discussed his father's coming-out with the hosts of The View, and he also expressed support for newly out football player Michael Sam.

Kentucky's Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
February 12 2014 1:42 PM ET

Kentucky's Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

A federal judge declared that Kentucky's refusal to recognize legal out-of-state same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, but stopped short of establishing marriage equality in the state.

Meet Brett Jones, a Gay Navy SEAL
February 12 2014 12:55 PM ET

Meet Brett Jones, a Gay Navy SEAL

Daniel Reynolds

Brett Jones discusses the secrecy involved in being a gay Navy SEAL under 'don't ask, don't tell' and the surprising community of support he discovered in the military.

Trans Comic Avery Edison Transferred to Women's Correctional Facility
February 12 2014 10:26 AM ET February 12 2014 4:04 PM ET

Trans Comic Avery Edison Flying Home to U.K. Thursday

Parker Marie Molloy

After thousands of tweets using the #FreeAvery hashtag, trans detainee Avery Edison was transferred out of an all-male correctional facility, to one with a female population. On Wednesday afternoon, her partner announced that Edison would be returned to the United Kingdom on Thursday.

Madonna's Dancer, Criminalization of Trans Women, and 25 FAQs on HIV: Download HIV Plus Now
February 12 2014 4:00 AM ET

Madonna's Dancer, Criminalization of Trans Women, and 25 FAQs on HIV: Download HIV Plus Now

Carlton Wilborn, actor, dancer, writer, toured the world with Madonna, but only hit his stride once he came out about having HIV.

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