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.
Mennonite Minister Defrocked for Officiating at Gay Son's Wedding
November 10 2014 7:02 PM ET

Another Pastor Defrocked After Gay Son's Wedding

Stevie St. John

The 96-year-old pastor, defrocked in September, now says he could 'no longer hide the light the Lord has lit within me' to support marriage equality.

PHOTOS: Bangladeshi Hijras Show Their Pride
November 10 2014 5:44 PM ET

PHOTOS: Bangladeshi Hijras Show Their Pride

Sunnivie Brydum

One year after the Bangladesh government formally recognized a third gender, the nation's hijras celebrated with their first-ever Pride parade.

STUDY: Yes, Trans Men Can Get Pregnant Despite Testosterone, Dysphoria
November 10 2014 4:16 PM ET

STUDY: Yes, Some Trans Men Do Seek Pregnancy

Mitch Kellaway

A small investigative study hopes to inspire more research into unprecedented findings that complicate assumptions about trans men's experience and emotions during pregnancy.

WATCH: What if the Supreme Court Still Won't Take a Marriage Case?
November 10 2014 3:14 PM ET

WATCH: What if SCOTUS Punts Again on Marriage? 

Matt Baume

You never know: despite past hints, the Justices could surprise us and punt on marriage.

Malaysian Judge Strikes Antitrans Ban on Gender Expression
November 10 2014 2:53 PM ET

Malaysian Judge Strikes Antitrans Ban on Gender Expression

Thom Senzee

A Malaysian appeals court overturned a ban on men and trans women wearing women's clothing.

Op-ed: Queer Bodies Deserve Sharpe Suits Too
November 10 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Something Borrowed, Something Butch

Leon Wu

Trans designer Leon Wu's latest project is an effort to address the lack of suitable styles for genderqueer, butch, and transgender customers.

DOMA-Busting Lawyer Explains Why Mississippi Is Her Next Big Case
November 10 2014 7:00 AM ET

Why This DOMA-Busting Lawyer Is Taking on Mississippi

Matt Baume

Roberta Kaplan took down the Defense of Marriage Act. Now she's turned her attention to one of the most antigay states in the nation.

Op-ed: Dear 'Anonymous' Wellesley Trans Man, Excluding Trans Women Isn't Really About 'Safety'
November 10 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Excluding Trans Women at Wellesley Isn't About 'Safety'

Tim Chevalier

A trans male Wellesley alum breaks down why the claim that keeping trans women out of colleges is really rooted in "purity" myths and misogyny.

Pope Francis Looks to U.S. Leaders on Marriage, Demotes Antigay Cardinal
November 09 2014 2:17 PM ET

Pope Francis Looks to U.S. Leaders on Marriage, Demotes Antigay Cardinal

Michelle Garcia

The Vatican prepares for a busy week.

WATCH: Why Rachel Maddow Is Today's Edward R. Murrow
November 09 2014 1:24 PM ET

WATCH: Why Rachel Maddow Is Today's Edward R. Murrow

Dawn Ennis

In explaining why the Supreme Court will weigh in on marriage equality, Maddow enlightens her audience as the iconic mid-century broadcaster did his.

Little Girl Barks Back At Bible-Thumping Street Preacher
November 08 2014 1:20 PM ET

WATCH: Little Girl Barks Back At Bible-Thumping Street Preacher

Michelle Garcia

A Halloween street preacher in Salem, Massachusetts met his match.

Out Republican DeMaio Officially Loses Tight Bid for House
November 08 2014 12:49 PM ET

Out Republican Officially Loses Tight Bid for House

Michelle Garcia

Provisional and absentee ballots cast for California's 52nd district put Rep. Scott Peters over the top to keep his seat.

The 10 Most Important Quotes From Yesterday's Sixth Circuit Bombshell
November 08 2014 7:00 AM ET

10 Most Important Quotes From Sixth Circuit's Bombshell

Matt Baume

The Sixth Circuit has essentially dared the Supreme Court to take up a marriage case.

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