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.
STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent in Three Years
September 30 2014 3:58 PM ET

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent

Trudy Ring

By the end of 2013, there were an estimated 130,000 married same-sex couples in the U.S., a 50 percent increase from three years earlier, says a new Williams Institute study.

Outrage After Major Minn. Paper Sells Transphobic Coalition Full-Page Ad
September 30 2014 3:30 PM ET

Outrage Follows Minn. Paper's Full-Page Transphobic Ad

Mitch Kellaway

The state's largest newspaper faces pushback from readers disgusted by a hateful ad paid for by a known antitrans hate group.

Transgender College Student Attacked in Possible Hate Crime
September 30 2014 12:11 PM ET

Trans College Student Attacked in Possible Hate Crime

Parker Marie Molloy

The 20-year-old suspect claims the attack on a transgender SUNY Geneseo student was the result of 'drunken stupidness,' but some are pushing the local district attorney to pursue hate crime charges.

10 Transgender Kings and Queens Who Ruled the School
September 30 2014 7:00 AM ET October 13 2014 2:30 PM ET

11 Trans Kings and Queens Who Ruled the School

Mitch Kellaway

Those crowns never looked better than on these inspiring transgender students, making history on homecoming and prom courts across the country.

The Cowboy State’s First Transgender Candidate
September 30 2014 6:53 AM ET

The Cowboy State’s First Transgender Candidate

Brian Bixler

Larissa Sneider may be a long shot in Wyoming, but she's willing to put up a fight.

 Op-ed: Why LGBT and the GOP Are Better Together
September 30 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why LGBT and the GOP Are Better Together

Matthew Craffey

Even committed progressives should understand why the Republican Party needs LGBT voters and why LGBT voters need the Republican Party.

Folio Names The Advocate's Managing Editor to Power Millennial List
September 29 2014 4:30 PM ET

Folio Names The Advocate's Managing Editor to Power Millennial List

Daniel Reynolds

Michelle Garcia is among this year's distinguished lineup of '20 in Their 20s' honorees.

California Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses
September 29 2014 4:19 PM ET

Calif. Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses

Parker Marie Molloy

In a groundbreaking move, the state takes a stand against defendants being able to use a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity as justification for murder.

Bachmann Backtracks on 'Not an Issue' Remark on Marriage Equality
September 29 2014 4:00 PM ET

Bachmann Backtracks Claim That Marriage Equality's 'Not an Issue'

Trudy Ring

The right-wing congresswoman also said the subject is 'boring' — but she then added that she meant it's boring that the media only asks Republicans about the issue.

WATCH: These Ore. High-Schoolers Want a Trans-Inclusive Homecoming
September 29 2014 3:40 PM ET

These High-Schoolers Want a Trans-Inclusive Homecoming

Mitch Kellaway

'Guess what? It’s 2014 and the world is constantly changing and improving,' say student leaders at an Ashland, Ore., high school as they open the doors for transgender homecoming royalty at their school.

African-American Judge Compares Marriage Discrimination to Racism
September 29 2014 2:07 PM ET

WATCH: Judge Rules Marriage Ban Like 'Separate But Equal'

Matt Baume

In a major decision, a Louisiana judge has compared marriage bans to the state's old unconstitutional 'separate but equal' laws.

Welcome to Night Vale: Where Queer Is Normal and Normal Is Bizarre
September 29 2014 6:01 AM ET

Welcome to Night Vale: Queer Is Normal, Normal Is Bizarre

Connie Wu

One of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes features people of all genders, ethnicities, and physical forms.

Op-ed: Tech's Wake-Up Call From Your Transgender Coworker
September 29 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Tech's Wake-Up Call From Your Transgender Coworker

Jessica Lachenal

I thought tech would be a progressive place to work as a trans woman. It isn't — but it doesn't have to stay this way.

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