In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report 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 LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn 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.

California lawmakers officially passed a bill to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, with Gov. Jerry Brown expected to sign the legislation.

The bill prevents licensed psychologists and therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18. The American Psychological Association has condemned such therapies, and Alan Chambers, the leader of Exodus International, has backpedaled on the effectiveness of so-called reparative therapy. His organization previously had been a staunch proponent of such treatment.

August 31 2012 7:02 PM

California's gay Assembly speaker, John A. Pérez, is scheduled to speak next week at the Democratic National Convention.

Pérez, 42, is the first openly gay state speaker in the country and is one of the state's longest-serving Assembly speakers. He addressed the state party convention in 2011.

Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California board president, praised the announcement. "Speaker Pérez is a powerful advocate for the dignity and equality of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians," she said in a statement Friday.

August 31 2012 6:50 PM

More than 530 LGBT Democrats will participate in their party's convention next week, according to a count by the Stonewall Democrats.

August 31 2012 3:25 PM

The Republican nominee gave a nod to religious conservatives in his acceptance speech in Tampa.

August 31 2012 11:42 AM

An odd routine from the Hollywood legend (who supports marriage equality) threatened to upstage and contradict the Republican nominee.

August 31 2012 9:36 AM

An influx of convention visitors is expected.

August 31 2012 5:00 AM

The national advocacy group released a report Wednesday detailing ways that politicians and platforms can support LGBT families and the children within them.

August 30 2012 6:44 PM