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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.

Virginia lieutenant governor offers awkward 'apology' after misgendering trans lawmaker Danica Roem

Winsome Earle-Sears said she meant no offense but that she herself suffered disrespect after she called Roem "sir."

West Virginia Republicans want to prevent suicidal transgender youth from receiving care

GOP lawmakers in West Virginia are pushing to overturn an exception that allows transgender youth at risk of self-harm or suicide to receive gender-affirming care.

Tennessee GOP quietly overturns marriage equality by giving officials the right to refuse

Public officials in Tennessee can now refuse to grant a marriage license to anyone at their own discretion, for any reason.

Mississippi bill would let those incarcerated sue state over trans inmates

The bill is from the same Republican who introduced last year’s ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth.

Family planning and fertility services grind to halt in Alabama after devastating ruling

Family planning services in Alabama have been completely upended by an unprecedented and unscientific state Supreme Court ruling.

West Virginia Republicans want to prosecute 'pedophile librarians' over 'obscene' material

Not sure what constitutes "obscene matter?" Neither are the West Virginia Republicans who wrote a new bill seeking to prosecute educators for spreading it.

A South Carolina woman was forced to leave the state for an abortion. Now, she's suing

Despite being less than six weeks pregnant, Taylor Shelton said that healthcare providers would not assist her in terminating her pregnancy, nor provide her resources for services elsewhere.

Florida LGBTQ+ activist is forcibly removed at a House hearing on gun laws

Maxx Fanning, the executive director for Prism, posted the incident on social media.

As Missouri lawmakers continue attacking LGBTQ+ rights, one city is taking a stand against hate

The Columbia City Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to declare the city an LGBTQ+ safe haven.

Alabama Supreme Court endangers IVF access by ruling frozen embryos are people

In a notable union of church and state, the Alabama Supreme Court cited Christian faith as reason to jeopardize access to in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The anti-trans legislation risk map: A state by state breakdown

So far in 2024, there are already 400+ bills targeting transgender people. This map assesses the risk of the worst laws passing.

Utah governor condemns, censures transphobic school board member

The embattled member wrongly suggested a high school “tomboy” was trans, which led to a number of hate-filled posts directed at the student.

Black Republicans: Grand Old Pawns

Trump-era Black Republicans aren't truly conservative, they're just cons, claims gay writer Clay Cane in his new bestselling book.

Wyoming bill could take trans kids from parents

House Bill 156 would define gender-affirming care to be "not in the best interest" of youth in the state. The bill affects guardianships, custody fights, and child protective services.

Tristan Snell, a lawyer who already beat Trump, says that Willis will survive a ‘travesty of justice’ trial

The author of a book about how to prosecute the ex-president blames the judge and media for following the Willis affair distraction, and asks, who is paying all of Trump’s attorneys?

Superman, Batman, and Robert Garcia: A gay Democrat’s stand against his political villains

The California congressman, who lives rent-free in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s head, opens up about his experience as a rising star who’s at the same time witnessing and standing in the way of Republicans’ worst inclinations.

Georgia hearing: Only anti-trans proponents allowed to speak; those against raise hands

In a hearing in Georgia on Senate Bill 88, a bill that restricts LGBTQ+ curriculum in schools, Republicans only allowed people from Gays Against Groomers and Log Cabin Republicans to speak.

The next Pulse shooting could be prevented by credit card companies, says Florida congressman

Proposed legislation, if passed, would stop states from prohibiting the creation of a merchant code for guns. The Pulse shooter reportedly had almost $30,000 in credit charges on guns and ammunitions.

Reporter asks Ron DeSantis why he can affirm his height with lifts, but stands against gender-affirming care

A reporter asked the governor about the hypocrisy of his stance against gender-identity and access to gender-affirming care when he chooses to present himself as taller than he is.

Tennessee Republicans pass bill allowing marriage discrimination toward same-sex couples

Despite marriage equality being the law of the land with significant support, the GOP continues to try to legislate LGBTQ+ people out of society.