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In The Advocate's Women section, readers can find out the latest news and updates that are important to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women. Discover articles related to politics, arts and entertainment, health, parenting, business, travel, and more. Find out about women from all spheres of influence who are working toward advancing the LGBT rights movement like Tammy Baldwin, Guinevere Turner, Gloria Steinem, Ellen Page, Laverne Cox, and Diana Nyad. Watch videos, read articles, and stay up-to-date on all issues related to gay women.

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.

Columbia South Carolina Planned Parenthood Abortion Healthcare Protest State House capitol building
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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.

Drive-Away Dolls’ stars on their 'very gay' love letter to ’90s lesbians and bars

The stars of Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke’s Drive-Away Dolls, Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan, spoke with The Advocate about researching queer history, lesbian bars, and nostalgia for the 1990s.

'The Color Purple' actor Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor slams film for 'sanitizing' lesbian romance

The Color Purple musical movie took "sisters before misters" a little too seriously when cutting elements of a lesbian romance in favor of sisterhood themes, out actor Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor says.

Zara Larsson's new album is so queer, and she's not afraid to admit it

The fierce ally sits down with The Advocate to talk all about her new record Venus, which was heavily influenced by her LGBTQ+ fanbase.

Abortion restrictions amount to sex-based discrimination, state Supreme Court says

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled against an antiquated anti-abortion law, with justices issuing a scathing rebuke of the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision.

Pioneering LGBTQ+ activist Ann Maguire has died at 80

Maguire cohosted a gay talk show in Boston in the 1970s and helped elect the nation's first out state legislator, Elaine Noble of Massachusetts.

Lesbian-inclusive 'Color Purple' doesn't need Oscars' approval

Largely snubbed by the Academy, 2023's The Color Purple is a miracle, regardless of awards.

Transgender women have a higher risk of HIV infections. A new CDC report reveals why

A new CDC report reveals that discrimination against transgender women is the main cause behind adverse health trends in the group.

21 must-see Brandi Carlile collabs that will change your life

Brandi Carlile is a musician's musician, and these collaborations prove just how much she's admired across the industry. Check them out here and be changed for the better.

Rapper Baby Tate's pansexual Sexploration

The musician's ambitious EP explores queer heartbreak and the joys of physical pleasure.

I.S.S.’s Ariana DeBose and Gabriela Cowperthwaite on nationalism and normalizing queer ID

Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose and director Gabriela Cowperthwaite chat with the Advocate Channel about their new sci-fi thriller I.S.S. about a conflict that unfolds aboard the International Space Station.

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On Roe v. Wade's anniversary, the meaning of the ruling — and its loss

The abortion rights ruling stood for almost 50 years, with major implications for other bodily autonomy rights. What are the implications of its overturning?

Lesbian Toni Atkins announces run for California governor in 2026

Atkins enters a crowded field seeking to succeed Gavin Newsom, who is term-limited.

97-year-old lesbian baller Maybelle Blair on heaven, progress, and the Cubs

The sports legend who helped inspire A League of Their Own is a lesson in living well.

Democrats propose bill to defend IVF, slam 'Republican attacks on reproductive health care'

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Susan Wild have introduced the Access to Family Building Act, which would protect IVF treatment in the U.S.

15 Photos of The L Word’s premiere 20 years ago

To celebrate The L Word’s 20th anniversary, we’ve pulled together some throwback pics from the legendary show’s premiere back in 2004.

In 'May December,' Todd Haynes again delves into the dark complexities of being human

The filmmaker continues his career-long arc of investigating complicated women and cultural norms.

Stonewall National Museum to honor Diana Nyad and more at annual gala

The event is set for February 24 in Wilton Manors, Fla.

Mean Girls’ Reneé Rapp confirms if her Regina George is queer

The musical movie version of Mean Girls centers queer kids Damian and Janis. But Rapp, the bisexual actress who plays the head of the plastics, Regina George, offers some insight into how she perceives the character.