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.
You're In The 'DADT' Army, Now
January 29 2014 4:16 AM ET

You're In The 'DADT' Army, Now

Rob Smith

At the age of 17, Rob Smith enlisted in the military, just as he was figuring out his own sexual identity. What he encountered the moment he got to boot camp shocked him.

PHOTOS: Republicans Lined Up at SOTU for Duck Dynasty Photo Op
January 29 2014 1:39 AM ET

PHOTOS: Republicans Lined Up for Duck Dynasty Photo Op

Lucas Grindley

Of all the great Americans who Republicans could have invited to the State of the Union, they went with someone who symbolizes antigay sentiment.

President Obama Makes a Jab at Putin in SOTU
January 28 2014 10:32 PM ET

President Obama Makes a Jab at Putin in SOTU

Lucas Grindley

Obama said the Olympics will show the U.S. commitment to "dignity and equality" for LGBT people.

National Journal Spotlights Gay Washington
January 28 2014 10:10 PM ET

National Journal Spotlights Gay Washington

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The influential political magazine publishes its first Gay Washington special issue.

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin
January 28 2014 8:48 PM ET

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The cover depicts the Russian president as an Olympic figure skater, being judged by a 'jury of his peers' — all Putin.

Lesbian Pundit Responds to Republican Critic With Wit
January 28 2014 7:30 PM ET

Lesbian Pundit Has Witty Response for GOP Critic

Ran Aubrey Frazier

CNN contributor Sally Kohn took it in stride when a Republican politician said she resembled Justin Bieber.

Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Speak Out for LGBT Rights
January 28 2014 4:34 PM ET

Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Speak Out for LGBT Rights

Michael O'Loughlin

A group of Catholics is urging Pope Francis to speak out against laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Virginia Gov. Won't Defend Marriage Ban in Court
January 28 2014 1:21 PM ET

Virginia Gov. Won't Defend Marriage Ban in Court

Michelle Garcia

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe says he will not appoint special counsel to defend his state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court Thursday.

Op-ed: Embracing Transgender Women
January 28 2014 12:30 PM ET

Op-ed: Embracing Transgender Women

Liz Alexander

Why ignoring the differences between cisgender black women and transgender black women will lead to a less misogynist, less racist, less transphobic society.

Op-ed: Black, Gay, American — It's Complicated
January 28 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Black, Gay, American — It's Complicated

Michelle Garcia

Rob Smith enlisted in the Army for a way out of his small town, but ended up becoming a prominent voice among LGBT enlisted soldiers of color.

Report: Knights of Columbus Spends Millions to Fight LGBT Rights
January 28 2014 5:00 AM ET

Knights of Columbus Spend Millions Fighting LGBT Rights

Michael O'Loughlin

The Catholic fraternal organization, tasked with promoting charity and unity, appears to be greatly focused on fighting marriage equality and other LGBT causes.

Indiana Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment Gets a Setback
January 27 2014 7:23 PM ET

Indiana Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment Gets a Setback

Trudy Ring

A change in the measure's language, approved by the state House today, would doom the amendment if the Senate takes similar action.

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