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.
When a Nod Is Not Enough

When a Nod’s Not Enough 

Now’s the time for Barack Obama to start delivering on his promise of change. But will your most important issues be among his top priorities? 

Constructive Impatience

Constructive Impatience

Stung by the Warren decision, GLAAD's former executive director Joan Garry offers the Obama transition team some sage advice.  

A Call to Action for Barack Obama

A Call to Action for Barack Obama

In the wake of the decision by President-elect Barack Obama to select Reverend Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration, Equality California executive director Geoff Kors calls on Obama to live up to his promise of "One America" and prove he is the ardent supporter of LGBT equality he claims to be.

Cleve Jones Responds: Letter to the Editor

Cleve Jones Responds: Letter to the Editor

Disheartened by writer James Kirchick's recent commentary 'A Friend to Gays and Antigay Dictators Alike,' Cleve Jones writes a letter to the editor in support of his friend Sean Penn, a man he says is a "tireless champion of human rights both in the U.S. and around the world."

Till the Census Do Us Part?

Till the Census Do Us Part?

National Black Justice Coalition CEO H. Alexander Robinson discusses the U.S. government policy that "requires all federal agencies to recognize only opposite-sex marriages for the purposes of administering federal programs."

Prop. 8: Which Way Now?

Prop. 8: Which Way Now?

Will the courts or the ballot box be the best way to overturn California’s anti–gay marriage constitutional amendment? Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino examines both approaches.

Harrumph!

Harrumph!

FROM THE ARCHIVE: For our cover in January 2009, The Advocate interviewed Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who announced his retirement today, and found he doesn’t suffer fools, tolerate tardiness, or think much of gay rights rallies. Meet Frank and his boyfriend in this profile.

U.S. Politics From a Distance

U.S. Politics From a Distance

As America continues to rejoice in election of Barack Obama -- while gay Californians lament the passing of Prop. 8 -- overseas, political activists look on from a distance. Zachery Scott has watched the drama following Election Day unfold as he serves in the Peace Corps in Mozambique.

30 Years Later, We Can Still Learn from Milk 

COMMENTARY: Thirty years after the death of Harvey Milk, Americans can still learn from his inspiring and profound work as an activist, politician and friend. With the story of his life opening in theatres this week, Lane Hudson takes a look back at how Milk's legacy lives on -- and what we can to do pay tribute to the legend.

Finding the Silver Lining in Defeat

Finding the Silver Lining in Defeat

Three weeks ago, like many LGBT Americans, I woke up with, to say the least, mixed feelings. The euphoria of Barack Obama’s election and the expansion of the pro-LGBT majority in Congress was tempered by sadness and anger at our devastating losses in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, and, of course, California. The silver lining of these defeats has been a renewed focus nationwide on the issue of marriage equality.

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