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.
Op-ed: Pope Francis Has Not Made Good on Transgender Rights
December 19 2013 12:04 AM ET

Op-ed: Pope Francis Hasn't Made Good on Trans Rights

Parker Marie Molloy

The Advocate named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, but one contributing writer says the Catholic Church's record on transgender people is nothing to praise.

Op-ed: How I Figured Out My Own Gender by First Grade
December 18 2013 3:35 PM ET

Op-ed: How I Figured Out My Own Gender by First Grade

Nico Lang

Writer Nico Lang grew up transgender. Sort of.

Gay Couple to Wed Atop 2014 Rose Parade Float
December 18 2013 3:17 PM ET

Gay Couples to Wed Atop 2014 Rose Parade Float 

Jase Peeples

A same-sex couple from Los Angeles will tie the knot atop the Healthcare Foundation float during the 125th Rose Parade.

Calif. Athletic Commission Considers Licensing Trans Athletes
December 18 2013 2:28 PM ET

Calif. Athletic Commission Considers Licensing Trans Athletes

Parker Marie Molloy

The proposed rule change would mirror similar policies adopted by the International Olympic Committee and NCAA.

Antigay Archbishop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Minor
December 18 2013 2:22 PM ET

Antigay Archbishop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Minor

Daniel Reynolds

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of Minneapolis has taken a leave of absence while authorities investigate allegations of inappropriate touching during a photo shoot.

Maddow to Putin: Ha! Take That!
December 18 2013 1:49 PM ET

Maddow to Putin: Ha! Take That!

Michelle Garcia

Rachel Maddow says the U.S. delegation to the Russian Olympics seems like a snub.

Pa. Gov. Comes Out for LGBT Employment Protections
December 18 2013 1:48 PM ET

Pa. Gov. Comes Out for LGBT Employment Protections

Sunnivie Brydum

Philadelphia's Republican governor is making waves with his newly expressed support for employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in his state.

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics
December 17 2013 6:34 PM ET

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Trudy Ring

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

WATCH: Gay Military Couple Share 'A Story About Love'
December 17 2013 4:38 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Military Couple Share 'A Story About Love'

Jase Peeples

Grab the whole box of tissues. This beautiful gay military couple's heartwarming love story won't leave a dry eye in the house.

Pope Removes Hard-Line Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel
December 17 2013 3:34 PM ET

Pope Pulls Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel

Trudy Ring

Pope Francis's removal of Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and appointment of a more moderate member may signal positive change.

Sacramento School District to Vote on Trans-Inclusive Policy
December 17 2013 2:51 PM ET

Sacramento School District to Vote on Trans-Inclusive Policy

Parker Marie Molloy

The school district in California's capital city is set to consider expanding its nondiscrimination policy to include transgender students in a vote Thursday.

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