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: Meet the Only Out Trans Staffer on Capitol Hill
October 27 2014 2:48 PM ET

WATCH: Meet the Only Out Trans Staffer on Capitol Hill

Mitch Kellaway

Ben Panico brings his affinity with trans citizens to bear in his work aiding Congress's LGBT Caucus.

Anatomy of a Right-Wing Fabrication: No Threat to Idaho Wedding Chapel
October 27 2014 2:22 PM ET

Anatomy of a Right-Wing Lie: No Threat to Wedding Chapel

Stevie St. John

The fear that the owners of an Idaho wedding chapel would be forced to host same-sex weddings is much ado about nothing.

Trans Woman Blazes Trail for Women, LGBTs in New York's Fire Department
October 27 2014 1:15 PM ET

Trans Woman Blazes Trail At New York Fire Department

Mitch Kellaway

Brooke Guinan has been quietly raising the profile of LGBT folks and women in the FDNY for years. Now she's become a visible role model, taking part in V.O.I.C.E.'s new 'So Trans, So What?' campaign.

Op-ed: Trans Men, Trans Women, and Surrendering the Sisterhood at Women's Colleges
October 27 2014 8:07 AM ET

Op-ed: Trans Students Surrender 'Sisterhood' at Women's Colleges

Adrian Scott Duane

Women's colleges can have their cake and eat it too: Keep their vital 'sisterhood' and do right by trans women and trans men.

Does Hobby Lobby Have to Pay for My PrEP?
October 27 2014 7:00 AM ET

PrEP in a Time of Hobby Lobby

Matt Baume

In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, gay men may be vulnerable to employers who would attempt to block access to HIV drugs.

Op-ed: No, the South Isn't a 'New Frontier' for LGBT Rights
October 27 2014 5:30 AM ET

Op-ed: No, the South Isn't a 'New Frontier' for LGBT Rights

Sarah Young and Michael Hansen

Framing the South as a backward, dangerous place is not only wrong but also demeaning to the LGBT people who have lived and worked decades for equality there.

Excerpt: Sex, Objectification, STD Tests, and Writing a Trans 'Nonfiction Novel'
October 27 2014 5:00 AM ET

Sex, Objectification, and Writing Trans Nonfiction

Elliot Deline

Elliott Deline tells The Advocate his new book gets more 'autobiographical, and arguably more scandalous' than ever before, touching on his relationships to sex, alcohol, love, and being made a 'spectacle' as a trans person.

Trans, Gay Prisoners Sue California Jail Over Alleged Mistreatment
October 26 2014 5:05 AM ET

Trans, Gay Prisoners Sue Calif. Jail, Claiming Mistreatment

Mitch Kellaway

Trans, gay, and bi inmates of a San Bernadino jail say they were placed in an "alternative lifestyle tank" where they barely saw the outside of their cells.

Marriage Equality Recognized in Six More States By Federal Government
October 25 2014 4:12 PM ET

Fed. Gov't Recognizes Marriage Equality in 6 New States

Jase Peeples

Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, Wyoming, and West Virginia join the states where same-sex marriage is recognized by the federal government.

PHOTOS: U.S. Marine Now in Filipino Custody After Protests Over Trans Woman's Murder
October 25 2014 5:05 AM ET

PHOTOS: U.S. Marine in Filipino Custody After Protests Over Trans Woman's Murder

Thom Senzee

After weeks of protests, the U.S. Marine charged with murdering Filipina trans woman Jennifer Laude is now being held on Philippine soil, while still being guarded by Americans.

Are These the Most Antigay Governors in America?
October 25 2014 4:05 AM ET October 26 2014 4:48 PM ET

Are These the Most Antigay State Officials in America?

Matt Baume

While other governors and attorneys general have abandoned their defense of marriage bans, officials in three states have refused to give up their quixotic antigay legal agendas.

Utah Finally Lifts Stay on Adoptions By Same-Sex Parents
October 24 2014 5:10 PM ET

Utah Finally Lifts Stay on Adoptions By Same-Sex Parents

Mitch Kellaway

Equal marriage has won back parental rights for the Beehive State's same-sex couples seeking adoptions.