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.
Meet the Iowa Lesbians Finally Married After 72 Years
September 21 2014 12:24 PM ET

Meet the Iowa Lesbians Finally Married After 72 Years

Diane Anderson-Minshall

They met in Yale, Iowa, in 1942, but didn't come out to the world—and to people they loved—until Sept. 6, 2014.

Catholics: Antigay Leaders Get Boot, a Progressive Becomes American Archbishop
September 20 2014 12:38 PM ET

Catholics: Antigay Leaders Get Boot, a Progressive Becomes American Archbishop

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Pope Francis made a very important progressive pick, one that may impact how the Vatican treats LGBT followers in the future.

Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt
September 20 2014 11:02 AM ET

Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt

Mitch Kellaway

When a trans student was fined by her Rio de Janeiro high school for wearing a skirt, her classmates hatched a plan.

Turkey's First Trans Reporter Fired After Alleged Dispute Over Lipstick
September 20 2014 8:05 AM ET

Turkey's First Trans Reporter Fired After Alleged Dispute Over Lipstick

Mitch Kellaway

Supporters of Michelle Demishevich have begun wearing red lipstick in protest of her termination from Turkey's IMC TV.

'Black Trans* Women's Lives Matter' To Hold Vigil in D.C.
September 20 2014 7:00 AM ET

Activists Rally to Show 'Black Trans* Women's Lives Matter'

Mitch Kellaway

Organizers ask: If #BlackLivesMatter, why aren't Black trans women's murders causing national outcry?

U.S. Census Will Finally Count Gay, Lesbian Families
September 19 2014 6:10 PM ET

U.S. Census Will Finally Count Gay, Lesbian Families

Mitch Kellaway

But the Census Bureau will only consider legally married same-sex couples in its new definition of 'family.'

WATCH: Students Silence Antigay Preacher With Love Song
September 19 2014 5:48 PM ET

WATCH: Students Silence Antigay Preacher With Love

Sunnivie Brydum

Students at James Madison University found a peaceful, creative way to counter the hateful messages of a homophobic preacher on campus.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi Take Over NBC's Figure Skating Commentary
September 19 2014 4:02 PM ET

Dynamic Duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi Return to NBC

Annie Hollenbeck

The fashionable darlings of the figure skating world are back on NBC, possibly bumping longtime commentators Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, and Sandra Bezic from the anchor's desk.

As Support for North Carolina's Equal Marriage Grows, Voters Want to Weigh in
September 19 2014 3:43 PM ET

Polls Show N.C. Ready for Reversal on Marriage Equality

Matt Baume

Two years after approving a constitutional marriage ban, voters have grown more sympathetic to marriage equality, according to a new pair of polls.

Southern Governor Fights Same-Sex Marriage — And Lesbian Divorce
September 19 2014 1:33 PM ET

Southern Gov. Fights Same-Sex Marriage — And Lesbian Divorce

Matt Baume

Governor Phil Bryant has aligned himself with the antigay Alliance Defending Freedom in opposing the state's sole challenge to its marriage ban.

Op-ed: Gay People Raising Kids Has Shifted From Downfall to Salvation
September 19 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Gay People Raising Kids No Longer a Legal Target

James Esseks

In less than a decade, our families have gone from a tactic to block marriage equality to one of the best arguments for legal relationship recognition.

Arkansas Officials Lock Horns Over Marriage Ban
September 18 2014 3:34 PM ET

Arkansas Officials Lock Horns Over Marriage Ban

Matt Baume

Dueling briefs from government officials disagree over the constitutionality of the state's marriage ban.

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