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: A Health Haven for Trans Women in Upstate New York
October 20 2014 6:30 AM ET

Op-ed: A Haven for Trans Health in Upstate New York

Maureen Kelly

One transgender health program in Ithaca, N.Y., ensures that rural New Yorkers don’t have to travel hundreds of miles for simple care.

Jennifer Knapp: Christian, Lesbian, and Free
October 20 2014 5:00 AM ET

Jennifer Knapp: Christian, Lesbian, and Free

Jase Peeples

Singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp opens up about her transformation from a closeted Christian musician to an outspoken advocate for LGBT people of faith.

'God's Not Afraid of New Things,' Pope Tells Antigay Bishops
October 19 2014 5:00 PM ET

'God's Not Afraid of New Things,' Pope Tells Antigay Bishops

Thom Senzee

The pope isn't taking the roll-back of language that would have made the Catholic Church more welcoming to LGBTs, the divorced, and unmarried couples as a defeat.

Working With Laverne Cox, Standing in Solidarity with Trans Women of Color
October 19 2014 4:18 AM ET

Working With Laverne Cox, in Solidarity with Trans Women of Color

Mitch Kellaway

L'lerrét Jazelle Ailith wowed audiences with her powerful participation in Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. We spoke with the trans youth advocate to learn more about her activism and getting to work with her hero.

WATCH: A Queer-Friendly Pastor and Her Parishioners: We Are the Church
October 19 2014 3:08 AM ET

WATCH: A Queer-Friendly Pastor and Her Parishioners: We Are the Church

Stevie St. John

In advance of an online conference Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber's LGBT parishioners point out that they're not 'an issue.'

PHOTOS: Marriage Arrives in the Unlikely State of Idaho
October 18 2014 1:14 PM ET

PHOTOS: Marriage Arrives in the Unlikely State of Idaho

Neal Broverman

Lots of rings were exchanged this week in the gem state.

NY Court May Reinstate Hate Crime Conviction for Trans Woman's Killer
October 18 2014 10:18 AM ET

N.Y. Court May Reinstate Hate Crime Conviction for Trans Woman's Killer

Mitch Kellaway

Found guilty of a hate crime in the first-degree manslaughter of Lateisha Green, Dwight DeLee was set free on a technicality. But advocates hope to see the decision overturned.

Amid Marriage Victories, Antigay Lawyer Grows Increasingly Desparate
October 18 2014 4:00 AM ET

Antigay Lawyer Monte Stewart Growing Increasingly Desperate

Matt Baume

A history of questionable attitudes toward gay and lesbian couples has culminated in a desperate last-ditch attempt by attorney Monte Stewart to keep marriage from starting in Idaho.

The 'Biblical' Response to #SpiritDay You Didn't Hear About
October 17 2014 6:43 PM ET

The 'Biblical' Response to #SpiritDay You Didn't Hear About

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Focus on the Family and the Alliance Defending Freedom sponsored a religious event to promote the use of the Bible in public schools the same day as GLAAD's annual Spirit Day.

Gay Evangelical Raising Funds for Antigay Bakers
October 17 2014 4:59 PM ET

Gay Evangelical Raising Funds for Antigay Bakers

Stevie St. John

Matt Stolhandske, a board member for a new pro-marriage equality Christian group, says he is extending an 'olive branch' to bakers fined for refusing to make a wedding cake for a female couple.

WATCH: TV Goes Purple for Spirit Day
October 17 2014 4:38 PM ET

WATCH: TV Goes Purple for Spirit Day

Dawn Ennis

TV personalities around the nation, including MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, the women of The View, and even NBC's peacock logo, sported purple to take a stand for LGBT youth.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wyoming's Marriage Ban
October 17 2014 4:28 PM ET

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wyoming's Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

The order comes with a stay until Thursday, or until state officials stop defending the ban in court.

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