Thursday, July 30, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

According to the latest edition of The Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual report, “The Year in Hate and Extremism,” the membership and reach of formal white supremacists groups is on a sharp downward trajectory.  However according to some experts this is just because most people associated with the ideology have simple chosen to move their hate to the internet and remain anonymous rather than attend a traditional KKK rally.  Joining me today to talk all about the vast, hidden community of racial hatred in America is Sacha Feinman, senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress.  You can also follow Sacha on twitter.

In 2008, despite its ban on foreign journalist, Delphine Schrank entered the country of Myanmar (Burma) and spent the next four years secretly documenting the struggles of pro-democracy activists, detailing their efforts to bring their country out from under an oppressive military dictatorship and begin an irreversible process of political reform.  Delphine joins me today in studio to discuss her book The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma, the country’s military dictatorship, and the everyday struggles of the citizens of the country.  You can also follow Delphine on twitter.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Ever since Donald Trump has taken the lead in the race for the GOP nomination and commandeered most of the media spotlight, it has become easy to overlook some of the other candidates when you are faced with the oversized and outrageous antics of Trump.   However, according to John Nichols, the Washington Correspondent for The Nation we overlook them and Scott Walker in particular at our own peril, because for the presidential candidate from Wisconsin, politics is a win-at-any-cost competition for power.  John joins us today to talk all about the ruthless politics of ‘Walkerism’.  You can also follow John on twitter.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the city of Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance must be put to a popular vote or repealed despite the fact that the campaign against the ordinance had failed to get enough legitimate signatures in order to get the measure put on a ballot in first place.  Furthermore, the ruling sends a clear message to the city of Houston that the state Supreme Court will do just about anything, including allowing forgery into the political process to prevent LGBT people from getting equal protection under the law.  Joining me today to discuss the Texas Supreme Court and its ruling is Joe Cutbirth, a Texas journalist and former editor of The Texas Observer

After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarked on a journey of self-discovery by confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay." Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learned that many people, both gay and straight, often wish for a different voice.  This journey is documented in his feature-length documentary debut called Do I Sound Gay?, and what starts out as a personal journey self-reflection quickly becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.  David joins me today in studio to talk all about the film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and screened as the Opening Night film at DOC NYC.  A list of locations across the country for theatrical screenings can be found here.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

When you think of the Olympics in the 1980’s, one person that comes to mind is Olympic Champion Diver Greg Louganis.  Many will recall one of the most outrageous moments from Olympic Games of 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, when Louganis hit his head on a diving board, having to leave to get stiches, only to return and perform a dive that won him the Gold, making him an inspiration in sports history. But what happens to an Olympic Diver when they’ve been out of the spot light?  On Monday, August 4th, HBO will air “Back On Board: Greg Louganis” which chronicles the highs and lows of Greg Louganis’ life and diving career, and Greg joins us today on the show to talk all about the documentary.  You can also follow Greg on twitter.

On the morning of August 9, 1945 the United States dropped the second of two atomic bombs on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, this bombing which came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima is seen by many as the end to a long and costly global war. But for tens of thousands of survivors who barely escaped death beneath the mushroom cloud, their new lives as hibakusha (atomic bomb–affected people) had just begun.  In her new book Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, Susan Southard documents this neglected story of the enduring impact of nuclear war.  Based on more than a decade of research and interviews with those sickened by the blast, atomic bomb historians, physicians, and specialists the book reconstruct the days, months, and years after the bombing which killed approximately 74,000 people and wounded another 75,000.  Susan joins us today to talk all about the bombing and the long lasting affect it has had on both the world and the people of Nagasaki in particular.  You can also follow Susan on facebook.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Yesterday, we spoke with openly gay Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline about the introduction of the Equality Act in Congress, a bill that would extend the same set of rights to LGBT Americans that are currently afforded to other protected groups.  Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, his co-sponsor in the Senate, returns to the show to talk about the Equality Act and the importance of its historic introduction in the Senate.  Be sure to follow the Senator on Twitter.

It has been a long time since we last had "Amelia" from Huffington Posts Gay Voices on the show, but she returns today, in studio, to talk to us about how her now 10-year-old son who identifies as gay has been doing and about several of her posts about how she's raising them by breaking the chains of the status quo when it comes to parenting.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Earlier today Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a new bill called the Equality Act.  The legislation would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, workplaces, schools, and public accommodations.  The bill would extend the same set of rights to LGBT Americans that are currently afforded to other protected groups, including people of color and Religions, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing federal laws.  Joining me today to talk all about the bill is Rep. David Cicilline, who represents Rhode Island’s 1st District and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  You can also follow Congressman Cicilline on twitter.

Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voices, returns to The Signorile Show today to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines in the LGBT blog-o-sphere. You can also follow Noah on facebook and twitter.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Controversy is currently swirling around Planned Parenthood following the release of several videos by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress.  The group claims that the videos provide evidence that the national women’s health organization is inappropriately profiting from the sale of aborted fetuses. On the surface, the allegations are quite concerning, however according to Tara Culp-Ressler, a Senior Editor at ThinkProgress the story takes on a different tone when considering the source of the inflammatory claims.  Tara joins me today to discuss the people behind this latest attempt to restrict women’s access to medical care and why their “evidence” should be seriously questioned.  You can also follow Tara on twitter.

When protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement disrupted the presidential candidates’ forum at Netroots Nation on Saturday many of the conventions white liberals and progressives were upset by the demonstration, claiming that this was neither the time nor place for such an action.  However, according to Adele M. Stan, a columnist at The American Prospect, Netroots Nation was the exact perfect place for the protest because when you’re not being heard by your own side; it’s time to make noise.  Adele joins me today to talk all about the tone deaf responses of Sen. Sanders and Gov. O’Malley to the protests and the need for white progressives to rally around the Black Lives Matters movement.

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