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.
Carmen Carrera Explains Past Use of T Word
June 03 2014 12:49 PM ET June 03 2014 3:34 PM ET

Carmen Carrera Explains Past Use of T Word

Daniel Reynolds

The transgender model has spoken out after a YouTube video of her saying the T word went viral.

WATCH: Suspect in Atlanta Beating Invokes 'Trans Panic' Defense
June 03 2014 10:12 AM ET

Suspect in Atlanta Beating Invokes 'Trans Panic' Defense

Parker Marie Molloy

In an interview with a local news outlet, one suspect in last month's beating of two transgender women claims he was provoked, using a "trans panic" or "gay panic" defense in his explanation of the night's events.

Reconciling Jewish, Queer Identities
June 03 2014 5:15 AM ET

Reconciling Jewish, Queer Identities

Michael O'Loughlin

By coming out as gay, a college student worried his religious identity would suffer.

In Recent Election, India's Trans Population Counted for First Time
June 02 2014 6:41 PM ET

India's Trans Population Counted for First Time

Thom Senzee

Transgender Indians were recently recognized by a Supreme Court ruling, allowing them to vote and be fully counted for the first time in India's history.

Conn. Widower Sues Bayer for Spousal Pension Benefits
June 02 2014 6:20 PM ET

Conn. Widower Sues Bayer for Spousal Pension Benefits

Trudy Ring

In initially denying the benefits, the company cited DOMA — but it continues to withhold the funds even though the relevant portion of DOMA has been struck down.

French Region Freaks Out Over Barely-Lesbian Ad
June 02 2014 4:21 PM ET

French Region Freaks Out Over Barely-Lesbian Ad

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An ad of actress Marine Vacth about to kiss herself proved too racy for some in France.

Colo. Bakery Did Discriminate Against Gay Couple
June 02 2014 3:53 PM ET June 03 2014 10:14 AM ET

Colo. Bakery Did Discriminate Against Gay Couple

Sunnivie Brydum

Despite two rulings affirming that Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., violated state law by refusing to serve a same-sex couple, LGBT advocates caution that similar attempts to subvert antidiscrimination laws are likely.

June 02 2014 3:52 PM ET

Brian Sims: The U.S. Will Have a Gay President in 10 Years

The Pennsylvania politician opens up about the state of gay politics in a new interview

Trans Man Files Discrimination Suit Against NYC Dept. of Parks and Rec
June 02 2014 3:36 PM ET

Trans Man Claims Discrimination by NYC Parks Dept.

Parker Marie Molloy

After being denied use of changing facilities at a Staten Island swimming pool, 24-year-old Bryan Ellicott is filing suit against the city's Dept. of Parks and Recreation, alleging discrimination.

WATCH: Illinois Celebrates Statewide Marriage Equality
June 02 2014 2:09 PM ET

WATCH: Illinois Celebrates Statewide Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Same-sex couples have been able to marry in some parts of the state for several months, but now marriage equality is the law of the entire Land of Lincoln.

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Respect Trans People’s Gender on Death Certificates
June 02 2014 2:01 PM ET

Trans Activist's Death Inspires Bill's Passage in Calif. Assembly

Mitch Kellaway

The bill, which would ensure that a transgender person's accurate gender is listed on their death certificate, now heads to the State Senate.

Second Man Arrested in Beating of Atlanta Trans Women
June 02 2014 8:33 AM ET

Second Man Arrested in Beating of Atlanta Trans Women

Parker Marie Molloy

After a video depicting two women being beaten onboard Atlanta's public transportation system went viral, two men are in custody facing misdemeanor charges.

Effort to Repeal Md. Trans Law Fails to Gather Sufficient Signatures, Dies
June 02 2014 8:07 AM ET

Md. Trans Law Repeal Effort Comes Up Short

Parker Marie Molloy

Maryland will become the 18th state with a transgender-inclusive antidiscrimination law on the books starting October 1, after efforts to repeal the bill through public referendum fell short.

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