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: 12-Year-Old Gets to the Heart of Marriage Equality in Utah
January 11 2014 2:49 PM ET

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Defends His Moms' Utah Marriage

Sunnivie Brydum

Riley Hackford-Peer has a loving family comprised of two moms, himself, and his little brother, and he wants Utah's governor to know that his family deserves equal protection.

Will Colo. Recognize Gay Marriages in Tax Returns?
January 11 2014 8:00 AM ET

Will Colo. Recognize Gay Marriages in Tax Returns?

Sunnivie Brydum

Gay Denver Democrat Sen. Pat Steadman plans to introduce legislation that would allow legally married gay and lesbian Coloradans to file joint state tax returns.

WATCH: Touching Marriage Equality Anthem from 96-Year-Old Actress
January 11 2014 7:00 AM ET

WATCH: 96-Year-Old Actress' Marriage Equality Anthem

Sunnivie Brydum

Marsha Hunt, a 96-year-old former Hollywood actress, wrote 'Here's to All Who Love' in support of marriage equality.

State Department Warns LGBT Americans Traveling to Russia
January 10 2014 6:46 PM ET

State Dept. Warns LGBT Olympic Spectators

Sunnivie Brydum

In advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American citizens.

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws
January 10 2014 3:36 PM ET

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws

Michelle Garcia

A bill proposed by a Texas congressman would prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where such unions are not legal.

Bobbie Jean Baker, Trans Activist and Minister, Dead at Age 49
January 10 2014 2:11 PM ET

Trans Activist and Minister Dies at Age 49

Parker Marie Molloy

A prominent transgender activist died in a car accident on New Year's Day, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and hope.

WATCH: MSNBC Live Says 'So Long, Farewell' to Thomas Roberts
January 10 2014 2:05 PM ET

WATCH: 'So Long, Farewell' to Thomas Roberts

Daniel Reynolds

The production team of MSNBC Live compiled a highlight reel of anchor Thomas Roberts, who will transition to host of MSNBC's Way Too Early show next week.

Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages
January 10 2014 12:41 PM ET

Feds Will Recognize Utah's Same-Sex Marriages

Sunnivie Brydum

It's still unclear whether the state will honor the 1,360 same-sex unions that took place in the 17 days when they were legal.

NOM Leader: 'Same-Sex Marriage Bullies' Oppressing Christians
January 09 2014 6:24 PM ET

NOM Leader: 'Same-Sex Marriage Bullies' Oppressing Christians

Trudy Ring

Right-wing roundup: Brian Brown says gays are the bullies, while Peter LaBarbera says children of same-sex couples learn 'perversion.'

TransTeen Charged With Battery Following Schoolyard Altercation
January 09 2014 5:39 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Teen Charged With Battery After Altercation

Parker Marie Molloy

Jewelyes Gutierrez, a 16-year-old transgender student, has been charged with misdemeanor battery following a lunchtime fight at her high school.

Leaked Emails Support B. Scott's Claims of BET Discrimination
January 09 2014 2:02 PM ET

Leaked Emails Support B. Scott's Discrimination Claim

Sunnivie Brydum

Emails allegedly sent between network executives before and after the June 2013 BET Awards lend credibility to transgender media maven B. Scott's allegations of discrimination based on his gender identity.

Op-ed: Can The Media Please Stop Focusing on Trans People's Bodies?
January 09 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Can Media Stop Focusing on Trans People's Bodies?

Parker Marie Molloy

In interviews with Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox, Katie Couric displayed a lack of understanding of trans issues that is too common in media.