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.
WATCH: Meet Australia's Indigenous Trans Men, 'Brotherboys'
December 09 2014 1:42 PM ET

WATCH: Meet Australia's Indigenous Trans Men, 'Brotherboys'

Mitch Kellaway

A community of Australia's aboriginal trans men is finding its voice through telling 'yarns' and raising awareness of life at the intersections of trans and indigenous identities.

PHOTOS: 'Transcending Gender' Captures Trans Lives Across America
December 09 2014 8:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Transcending Gender Captures Trans Lives

Mitch Kellaway

The popular project returns with a new must-see collection of breathtaking images of artists, fighters, advocates, and athletes.

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Florida
December 09 2014 7:00 AM ET December 19 2014 7:58 PM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Marriage in Florida

Matt Baume

Updated December 19: Get up to speed on the flurry of legal decisions that keep trying to bring marriage equality to Florida.

Op-ed: Let’s Cure Cancer, Not Homosexuality
December 09 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Let’s Cure Cancer, Not Homosexuality

Terry Franklin

It's 2014. When will Americans get over conversion therapy?

Trans New Yorkers Can Now Update Birth Certificates More Easily
December 08 2014 7:52 PM ET December 09 2014 11:31 AM ET

Trans New Yorkers Can Now Update Birth Certificates More Easily

Sunnivie Brydum

The New York City Council approved legislation that removes an old requirement that transgender people undergo gender-confirming surgery before they can amend their birth certificates.

Texas DMV to Married Gays: Go to Court or Get Divorced
December 08 2014 2:30 PM ET December 08 2014 6:07 PM ET

Texas DMV to Married Gays: Go to Court or Get Divorced

Sunnivie Brydum

A gay man married in Iowa says the Texas DMV discriminated against him when an employee refused to allow him to change his name to his married surname.

Pope: Church Should Help Families Stand by LGBT Members
December 08 2014 1:47 PM ET

Pope: Families Should 'Stand By' LGBT Children

Stevie St. John

In a new interview, the pontiff says this was the focus of LGBT-related discussion at a recent bishops' meeting, not issues regarding same-sex couples and marriage.

WATCH: Kansas Strikes Out Again in Federal Court
December 08 2014 1:28 PM ET

WATCH: Kansas Strikes Out Again in Federal Court

Matt Baume

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt fails to find a sympathetic ear at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Massive Changes at New Republic Spark Critiques of Gay Owner
December 07 2014 7:43 PM ET December 08 2014 1:24 PM ET

New Republic's Chris Hughes Strikes Back at Critics

Dawn Ennis

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, the gay man who bought the venerable magazine two years ago, is the target of much criticism after changes in leadership led to a staff exodus.

WATCH: Ariz. Anchor Challenges 'Hatemonger' Pastor on Antigay Views
December 07 2014 2:19 PM ET

WATCH: Ariz. Anchor Challenges 'Hatemonger' Pastor on Antigay Views

Trudy Ring

But Pastor Steven Anderson doubles down on his rhetoric, equating gays with ax murderers and Adolf Hitler.

WATCH: Minn. Passes Much-Debated Trans Student Athlete Policy
December 06 2014 1:20 PM ET

WATCH: Minn. Passes Much-Debated Trans Student Athlete Policy

Mitch Kellaway

Emotions ran high at this week's meeting of the Minnesota State High School League as the board voted on a trans-inclusive policy that's ignited national debate.

LGBT Jewish Clergy Gather for Historic Retreat in San Francisco
December 06 2014 7:00 AM ET

LGBT Jewish Clergy Gather for Historic Retreat in San Francisco

Stevie St. John

A retreat for LGBT clergy is bringing together more than 60 rabbis and students for theological discussions and community building.

'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Soon Be Illegal in Washington, D.C.
December 05 2014 6:22 PM ET

'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Soon Be Illegal in Washington, D.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

The Washington, D.C., City Council approved a measure prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minor clients.

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