Friday, May 22, 2015

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

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has announced that she will re-introduce legislation to remove legal barriers to adoption by LGBT parents.  The Bill known as the Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.  With so many children across the US in need of homes and with so many loving LGBT people wanting to open their homes and hearts to children in need this bill is more important than ever.  Joining me today to discuss the bill is Senator Gillibrand.

Today, voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage. The historic referendum is being held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalized in Ireland, and five years after the government enacted civil partnership legislation, which provided legal recognition for gay couples.  Joining me today to discuss the referendum and the fight for marriage equality in the emerald isle is Cahir O'Doherty, arts editor and feature writer for The Irish Voice, Irish America magazine and IrishCentral.com.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voicesreturns 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.

4:35pm ET - Over the past few years we have seen some great advances in LGBT equality, but we have also seen how the enemies of equality have thought of new ways to limit the rights of LGBT Americans, yet despite the conservative push back main stream American Culture as a whole has become increasingly accepting of LGBT people, and as a result of this increased acceptance it seems that some gay men are all too eager to leave their campy, cruising past behind and assimilate in to a hetero-normative culture. But according to J. Bryan Lowder an associate editor for Slate who writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section, the price of equality shouldn’t be conformity.  He joins us today to discuss his piece for slate titled What Was Gay?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

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

4:05pm ET - What many people may not realize is that it's perfectly legal to build your own unregistered and untraceable semi-automatic firearm if you buy the parts online and build the gun "for personal use." However, handing off a gun made in such a way in a private sale that doesn't require background checks is another matter. This is what happened last March when a team of state and federal law enforcement agencies concluded a five-month investigation by charging four California men with illegal firearms trafficking. Many of the 50 weapons seized were home-assembled assault-style rifles, constructed from parts purchased legally.  Joining me today to discuss the growing frequency of these untraceable weapons turning up at crime scenes is Bryan Schatz editorial fellow at Mother Jones who wrote all about this disturbing trend.  You can also follow Bryan on twitter.

4:35pm ET - In October of 2013 former college wrestler Michael Johnson was arrested for breaking Missouri laws that criminalize HIV-positive people for having sex without telling their partners they are infected, even if they practice safe sex.  Johnson, who was accused of transmitting HIV to one person and exposing five other to the virus without having told them he’s HIV-positive before having sex with them was just found guilty yesterday of one count of recklessly infecting a partner with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a partner with HIV, and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV and now faces 30 years in Prison.  Joining me today to discuss the case and the criminalization of people living with HIV is Steven Thrasher, a Contributing Editor at BuzzFeed.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voicesreturns 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.

4:35pm ET - In a bipartisan vote of 338-88, the House yesterday afternoon passed the USA Freedom Act, which seeks to restrain the nation’s surveillance state while extending other key parts of the 2001 Patriot Act that are set to expire at the end of the month.  Joining me today to discuss the bill and the vote is Russell Berman is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.  You can also follow Russel on twitter.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

3:35pm ET - Abolishing the US Department of Education has long been a talking point of conservatives like possible Republican Presidential contender and senator from Kentucky Randal Paul who only last year said “I don’t think you’d notice if the whole department was gone tomorrow,” at a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel.  And he isn’t the only one, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have also said the department of education is “nonessential” or worth scrapping completely.  But what would the country be like if this actually happened?  Joining me today to talk about the problems associated with getting rid of the Dept. of Ed. is Casey Quinlan, education reporter for ThinkProgress.  You can also follow Casey on twitter.

4:35pm ET - The recent unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore have forced our country to take a long hard look at the way in which our government and law enforcement agencies treat American citizens of African descent, and the results of that self-evaluation only raised more complex and confounding questions, which many people have attempted to define solely in terms of insurgent American racism and violent police behavior.  But according to Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard University, that is a gross oversimplification.  In a recent op-ed in the New York Times he argued that America is not reverting to earlier racist patterns, and calling for a national conversation on race is a cliché that evades the real problem we now face.  He joins us today to discuss the multitude of problems that have brought us to where we are today.  You can also follow Prof. Patterson on twitter.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

3:35pm ET - According to most Supreme Court experts, by the end of June the court is expected to rule on King v. Burwell, which is the GOP’s grand attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act and cut off tax credits for residents in Florida, Texas and 32 other states who now use those credits to pay for the health insurance they obtain through Healthcare.gov, the federally operated marketplace.  Republicans keep saying they’ll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of Americans in two-thirds of the states, but according to Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent for The Huffington Post, with the clock ticking down to a ruling, they have made no visible effort to come up with an alternative plan to the ACA, making it awfully hard to take their vows seriously.  Jonathan joins us today to discuss the case and the GOP’s lack of an alternative to address the problems that their lawsuit might create.  You can also follow Jonathan on twitter.


4:35pm ET - On June 1st key sections of the Patriot Act are due to expire, but there has been little public scrutiny so far of the congressional debate about extending or reforming those provisions, and what many people don’t realize is that under the Patriot Act, the government can not only access your personal phone and computer data but can also demand your library records via a secret court order and without probable cause that the information is related to a suspected terrorist plot.  Joining us today to discuss the Patriot Act and how librarians are leading the charge against the NSA and making your local library the front line of the fight against government surveillance is Zoë Carpenter the Assistant Washington Editor for The Nation.  You can also follow Zoe on twitter.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

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

3:35pm ET - Last week a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine documented a small number of cases in which premature babies born at 22 weeks survived with few health problems after receiving aggressive and highly-specialized medical treatment. However, of the thousands of premature births reported in in the study, the great majority of babies born at 22 weeks died or suffered serious long-term health issues.  The study, which is one of the most comprehensive to date on the kinds of care given to extremely premature babies, raises new questions for parents and doctors about what interventions might be taken when a baby is born so early. However, other physicians maintain that the study just confirms what is already known in the medical community: that, while rare, it is possible for a baby born at 22 weeks to survive.  Joining us today to discuss the study’s findings as well as how conservatives are going to try and use the study to further clamp down on women’s reproductive rights is Katie McDonough, Salon.com's politics writer, who focuses on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice issues.  You can also follow Katie on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Recently the Republican Governor of Wyoming Matt Mead signed into law a statute that makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison if you gather data about the condition of the environment across most of the state and share that data with the state or federal government.  The law, which according to the Western Watersheds Project is an attempt to conceal the fact that many of the state’s streams are contaminated by E. coli bacteria, strains of which can cause serious health problems and even death.  Joining us today to discuss the law and as well as the cause of the E. coli contamination is Justin Pidot an Assistant Professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, who wrote all about the law for Slate.com and represent Western Watersheds Project  pro bono in an unrelated lawsuit. You can also follow Justin on twitter.


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