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.
N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'
December 11 2014 4:13 PM ET

N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'

Trudy Ring

Five members of the Word of Faith Fellowship face kidnapping and assault charges.

New York: Health Insurers Cannot Discriminate Against Trans People
December 11 2014 2:30 PM ET

More Good News for Trans New Yorkers

Mitch Kellaway

New York becomes the 9th jurisdiction to ban health insurers from denying transgender patients coverage for medically necessary healthcare.

Jann Wenner Denies Reports of Rolling Stone Staff Resignations
December 11 2014 1:08 PM ET

Jann Wenner Denies Reports of Rolling Stone Staff Resignations

Dawn Ennis

The founder says it's not true that top editors have resigned after questions were raised regarding the veracity of a story about rape on a college campus.

37 Alternative 'Trans Anthems' by Trans Musicians
December 11 2014 11:27 AM ET

37 Alternative 'Trans Anthems' by Trans Musicians

Mya Adriene Byrne and Mitch Kellaway

Looking for a 'trans anthem' for your playlist? Listen to 37 sensational songs written and performed by some seriously talented trans and gender-variant musicians.

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Arkansas
December 11 2014 6:00 AM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Marriage in Arkansas

Matt Baume

Updated December 11: Arkansas is making strides toward equality, with rulings expected any day now.

Kan. Lawmakers Plan to Revive 'License to Discriminate' Bill
December 11 2014 6:00 AM ET

Kan. Lawmakers Plan to Revive 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

They want to give legal cover to those who cite religious beliefs in refusing to serve same-sex couples.

Kan. Lawmakers Plan to Revive 'License to Discriminate' Bill
December 11 2014 6:00 AM ET

Kan. Lawmakers Plan to Revive 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

They want to give legal cover to those who cite religious beliefs in refusing to serve same-sex couples.

WATCH: Air Force Secretary Supports Open Trans Service
December 10 2014 6:52 PM ET

WATCH: Air Force Secretary Supports Open Trans Service

Sunnivie Brydum

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says it's time to review — and rescind — the military's ban on open service by transgender Americans.

Cleveland Paper's Editorial Invokes Fear of 'Predators' in Trans Accommodations
December 10 2014 4:35 PM ET

Cleveland Editors Stoke Fear of Trans 'Predators' in Women's Bathrooms

Dawn Ennis

Several Plain Dealer editorial board members made the misinformed argument that allowing trans people to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity would endanger women.

Local Virginia School Board Rejects Bathroom Rights for Trans Students
December 10 2014 4:21 PM ET

Local Virginia School Board Rejects Bathroom Rights for Trans Students

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

A county school board in Virginia passed a policy restricting trans students to using single-stall restrooms or those for their birth gender.

Duggars Declare Victory for Fairness in Repealing Nondiscrimination Ordinance
December 10 2014 4:20 PM ET

Duggars Declare Victory in Repealing Pro-LGBT Ordinance

Sunnivie Brydum

A special election in Fayetteville, Ark., saw voters repeal the city's LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?
December 10 2014 3:18 PM ET

Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?

Stevie St. John

LGBT Catholic leaders respond to a document and questionnaire sent to clergy ahead of the 2015 Synod of Bishops that calls for direct input from church laity about the future of Catholic LGBT families.

WATCH: Zen Buddhist Temple in Japan Offers Symbolic Same-Sex Weddings
December 10 2014 2:43 PM ET

WATCH: Zen Buddhist Temple in Japan Offers Symbolic Same-Sex Weddings

Stevie St. John

Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, is welcoming same-sex couples to hold wedding ceremonies. The country does not legally recognize same-sex marriages. 

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