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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.

West Virginia House Advances Ban on Care for Trans Youth

The bill to ban gender-affirming treatment for minors now goes to the Senate.

Arkansas House OK's Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill

The bill, now headed to the Senate, would restrict trans students' use of restrooms and changing rooms in public schools.

Virginia Democrats Block 6 Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills

Democrats stood in the way of some of the draconian Republican-proposed bills that would have harmed LGBTQ+ children.

DeSantis Calls Session to Punish Disney's 'Don't Say Gay' Opposition

The Republican governor who believes in less government regulation of private business is attacking a private business.

Gay Dem Blasts Marjorie Taylor Greene for Going After Drag Shows at Hearing

Rep. Robert Garcia said her behavior was "ridiculous."

George Santos Reportedly Hires Lawyer Convicted of Brazilian Gang Killing

The lawyer was hired to represent Rep. Santos in a criminal case in Brazil, according to Brazilian media.

David Cicilline to Gaetz: Should Insurrectionists Lead the Pledge of Allegiance?

Congressman Matt Gaetz wants "inspirational constituents" to lead the pledge at House meetings. Out Rep. Cicilline wondered if those who try to overthrow the government should be allowed the opportunity.

Male Staffer Who Accused CPAC's Matt Schlapp of Groping Sues GOP Operative

The staffer known in court documents as "John Doe" says Caroline Wren defamed him by lying about him on Twitter.

Here Are the 21 States Trying to Ban Gender-Affirming Care

Bills seeking to restrict gender-affirming care have been introduced in 21 states so far this year — and in one of those, Utah, a bill has become law.

Queer Prom Targeted by Far-Right Influencers and Lawmakers

The attacks seem to have started after the anti-LGBTQ+ social media account Libs of TikTok went after the prom.

Trump Vows to Gut Transgender Rights if Reelected

Trump even said that he'd ask Congress to pass a bill establishing that there are only two genders.

LGBTQ+ Activists Speak Out as Florida Considers Loosening Gun Access

Florida's Speaker of the House introduced a bill this week allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit.

BREAKING: George Santos to Step Down From House Committees

The New York congressman, famous for his fibs, reportedly told his colleagues that he'd temporarily step aside because he was becoming a distraction.

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N.D. Bill Targets Nonexistent Trend of Students Identifying as Animals

Six Republican representatives have introduced the bill as an "emergency measure."

DOJ Moves on Gay U.S. Rep. George Santos, Asks FEC to Step Aside

The request indicates that federal prosecutors are investigating whether Santos committed any crimes.

Utah Gov. Signs Bill Banning Most Gender-Affirming Care for Youth

Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed the legislation into law on Saturday.

91 Percent of Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills Failed in 2022: Report

While 315 pieces of discriminatory legislation were introduced, activists beat back most of them.

A Few Minutes With LGBTQ+ Ally and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown

He’s supported our community for decades, he's the only Democratic statewide official left in Ohio, and he's happy about the state having the first drag queen food truck.

Gay Democratic Rep. Vows to Check Boebert & Greene on Oversight Committee

Robert Garcia, a Democrat, says that he's going to sway and sashay past his Republican colleagues to make a splash.

Buttigieg Bests Biden in New Hampshire Presidential Poll

The Transportation secretary is the first choice for 23 percent of likely Democratic voters in the state.