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.

The Florida lieutenant governor accused of a lesbian affair is apologizing for something she said while defending herself from the allegation.

July 26 2012 7:46 PM

Anthony Rapp, who became a star with the Pulitzer Prize-winning AIDS-themed musical Rent, shares his conversations with LGBT youth and speaks out against presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in a new video.

The actor notes that Massachusetts had once been on the forefront of empowering LGBT youth by providing programs and services to them "until Mitt, by executive order, abolished the LGBT Youth Commission." He also recounts a story told by one young gay man whose father encouraged him to commit suicide.

July 25 2012 7:44 PM

Zach Wahls, the University of Iowa student who defended his mothers’ right to marry before the state legislature, says it was a “beautiful day” when President Obama announced his support for marriage equality.

July 25 2012 9:23 AM

A new ad in South Carolina highlights Sen. Jim DeMint's belief that gay people shouldn't be allowed to teach — and his supporters want it off the airwaves.

The Post and Courier reports that the senator's supporters contacted Charleston-area television stations that are running the 30-second television commercials and asked them to stop.

July 24 2012 1:41 PM