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.

A gay pride parade in Croatia that has police on high alert Saturday is a reminder of what's at stake.

June 09 2012 12:28 PM

A lawyer for Charlie Crist says a former party chairman was trying to extort the former Florida governor with allegations that he's gay.

June 09 2012 10:41 AM

As antigay sentiment heats up in Russia, Moscow City Court upheld a new law that bans any gay pride celebrations in the city until the year 2112.

The Moscow municipal government had decided to issue a blanket refusal of any request to hold a gay pride demonstration for the next 100 years. But the decision was immediately challenged by LGBT rights leader Nikolay Alekseyev, and this week’s ruling was the final in a series of appeals by Alekseyev. He had simultaneously helped organize a letter-writing campaign in an attempt to stop the law.

June 08 2012 2:33 PM

When one man stood during a city council meeting and proudly laughed at the idea of a gay kid committing suicide, it brought activists back for the next meeting. And this time their voices outweighed his.

KGO-TV in San Francisco reports that Richmond resident Mark Wassberg reacted to a proclamation during the first meeting that June would be LGBT Pride month by getting up and laughing about suicide.

June 07 2012 5:35 PM

Losing presidential candidate Rick Santorum is testing out a career as a paid speaker, and BuzzFeed reports he could be getting up to $50,000 for each appearance.

Santorum promises speech topics on things like "The Dawn of an American Renaissance" in which he will "chronicle his battles for the dignity of all human life, his effort to protect traditional marriage and his struggle to reverse Hollywood's and the mainstream medias onslaught against virtue."  

June 07 2012 3:35 PM

Read the speech Obama delivered at the DNC LGBT Leadership Council gala.

June 07 2012 10:52 AM

The Calif. A.G. tells us what happens if the Supreme Court refuses to take on Prop. 8.

June 06 2012 1:55 PM

The DNC LGBT Leadership Council gala and a dinner at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy are among five events expected to generate around $5.4 million.

June 06 2012 11:32 AM