Friday, October 24, 2014

Today on the Signorile Show!

3:35 PM ET: Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Posts Gay Voices, returns to the show as he does every Friday 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.


4:45 PM ET: On June 26, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional, declaring it "a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment." The consequences of the Windsor decision have been both rapid and profound, and almost three dozen courts throughout the US, including the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, have explicitly relied on Windsor in extending equal rights to gay people under the law. As a result, Professor Lawrence Tribe of Harvard LAw School has observed that he cannot "think of any Supreme Court decision in history that has ever created so rapid and broad a lower-court groundswell in a single direction as Windsor." Joining us today in studio is Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who successfully argued against DOMA before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is now representing two lesbian couples in a federal lawsuit against Mississippi's gay nuptials ban filed on Monday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Yesterday, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) released its biennial National School Climate Survey report, which shows how ongoing hostile school climates impact the safety and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as their educational outcomes.  Joining us today to discuss the latest edition of the survey, which first began in 1999 and remains one of the few studies to examine the middle and high school experiences of LGBT youth nationally is Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. You can also follow Eliza on twitter


4:05pm ET - Recently the leaders of the Roman Catholic Churched convened for what is called a synod, during the meeting a draft of a paper which discussed the possibility of the Church becoming more accepting towards gay people was released.  This document was described as a "bombshell” and the Human Rights Campaign, announced it as a "seismic shift in Rome."  However, shortly after the draft was released the Catholic Church's Synod of Bishops decided to backpedal on its welcoming language for LGBT people and their families.  Joining us today to discuss the synod's initial draft and final document is Patrick Hornbeck, associate professor and chairman in the theology department at Fordham University. You can also follow the Fordham University Theology Department on twitter.  

4:35pm ET - Earlier this summer the media was saturated with images of armored vehicles and police officers pointing semi-automatic rifles at demonstrating citizens in Ferguson, Missouri.  The clashes in that St. Louis suburb set off a national debate over the militarization of our police departments and their over use of force.  Joining us today to discuss this growing trend and the increase in SWAT raids by law enforcement agencies across the country is Shane Bauer, a journalist with Mother Jones San Francisco bureau and the co-author of the memoir A Sliver of Light, which details his time as a hostage in Iran with his now-wife Sarah Shourd and friend Josh Fattal from 2009-2011.  You can also follow Shane on twitter.  


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - In 1963 cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union became the first woman to launch into space and it wasn’t until 20 years later in 1983 that Sally Ride become America’s first female astronaut.  With medical studies in the 1950s and ’60s suggesting that female bodies had stronger hearts and could better withstand vibrations and radiation exposure; and psychological studies suggesting that women coped better than men in isolation and when deprived of sensory inputs, it begs the question of why more women have not been sent into space.  Joining us today to discuss the benefits of sending women above the stratosphere instead of men is Kate Greene, whose recent article in Slate details her experience in a 4 month long NASA funded experiment that studied the types of food Mars explorers might eat.  You can also follow Kate on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Birth control was not always as simple as taking a small round pill every day. The science and politics behind inhibiting pregnancy are complicated and date back further than most people realize. In The Birth Of The Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched A Revolution, Jonathan Eig explores how contraception was conceived, detailing the bizarre forms of birth control people used in ancient times, the struggle to fund research for progesterone treatment, the fight for women’s reproductive rights, and the evolution of sex as a form of recreation instead of a marital duty. He joins us today to discuss his book and the utmost importance of making birth control widely available.  You can also follow Jonathan on twitter.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Conservative provocateur and gotcha-filmmaker James O’Keefe who is perhaps best known as the undercover pimp, who wrongfully targeted the community organizing group ACORN, is at it again, and this time he has created a fake LGBT group to ‘Expose’ Voter Fraud in Colorado.  Joining us today to discuss his latest antics is Zack Ford the editor of ThinkProgress LGBT at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. You can also follow Zack on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Last April the nation was shocked at the news of the painful and protracted death of Clayton D. Lockett who was executed in Oklahoma by means of lethal injection.  This botched execution raised many questions about how and why we as a society deem it necessary to kill people in our quest for justice.  Since 2007, six states have abolished the death penalty, bringing the current total of states without capital punishment to 18, and in past rulings the Supreme Court has banned the execution of juveniles and people with intellectual disabilities.  The court also has ruled that the Constitution forbids executing the severely mentally ill, however according to Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones the justices have been wary of laying down guidelines to determine, in effect, how crazy is too crazy.  Stephanie joins us today to discuss the use of capital punishment on the mentally ill and explains the troubling case of Scott Panetti in Texas. You can also follow Stephanie on twitter.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Today On The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - Over two years ago, a series published in The Washington Post by ProPublica reporters Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur showed that applicants for pardons who were white were far more likely to receive clemency than those who were black. Since the publication of that investigation, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but despite the vast amounts tax payer money spent on the project the pardons system remains unchanged.  Joining us today to discuss our broken and racially biased pardon system is Stephen Engelberg, the Editor in Chief for ProPublica. You can also follow Stephen on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Over the past 30 years the Hispanic population in the US has jumped from 15 million to almost 54 million, accounting for 17 percent of the total population; and according to a report by the Pew Research Center, the number of states where Hispanic children make up 20 percent or more of the kindergarten class has increased from 8 percent in 2000, to 17 percent in 2012. Joining us today to discuss what this growing population means to our political future is Gary M. Segura, the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a political polling research firm that deals with Latino issues, whose new book Latino America: How America’s MostDynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation which he co-wrote with Matt Barreto, demonstrates the extent to which Latinos have already transformed the US both politically and socially and shows how they will re-shape all our upcoming elections. You can also follow Gary on twitter.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Posts Gay Voices, returns to the show as he does every Friday 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 - Loud, right-wing voices are endlessly trying to drown out the voices of the LGBT movement, but despite this, society has become far more aware and accepting of gay men and women. Gays and lesbians are getting more media representation, more legal rights, and are by far living more comfortably today in what some have called a “post-closeted culture” than they did before the 1969 Stonewall Riots. These changes obviously make an impact on the LGBT community, but James Joseph Dean, a sociology professor at Sonoma State University, asks an interesting question: how are heterosexuals affected by the proliferation of gays and lesbians into a heteronormative society? In Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture, Dean conducts a study in which he explores how heterosexual people of varying races, classes, and backgrounds react to the increasing visibility of homosexual people. He also discusses recent challenges to the concept of traditional gender roles, new definitions of “masculinity” and “femininity”, and how an increasing acceptance of different sexualities encourages heterosexual couples to explore their own sexualities.  He joins us today to talk about his book.  You can also follow James on facebook.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today on The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET -  On the morning of Jan. 29, construction workers were building a seawater pipe at Oliktok Point, part of a sprawling network of oil fields owned by ConocoPhillips on Alaska’s arctic North Slope, when they received an ominous notice. Workers at the icy camp would be required to attend a “safety stand-down” meeting following an earlier accident, but once at the meeting they quickly learned that the safety was not the real agenda for the meeting.  An unfamiliar manager took to the stage and told them that there actually hadn't been an accident, and that instead, the company had gathered the group, mostly construction contractors, to tell them how they should vote in Alaska’s upcoming August primaries.  Joining us today to discuss the growing trend of corporations telling their employees how to vote is Spencer Woodman whose recent article on the subject titled Office Politics: Inside the PAC teaching corporate America how to make its employees vote for the right candidates and causes appears in Slate.  You can also follow Spencer on twitter.

4:35pm ET - When Hannah Samarripa got sick in 2007, her mother had no idea that, just a few blocks away in the Acreage—their lush South Florida community—other children had also suffered through the same awful symptoms as a result of radioactive waste from a major defense contractors facility which has seeped into swampland, canals, and even drinking water.  Joining us today to discuss her article The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame? which is the cover story of the November 3rd issue of The Nation Magazine is Sharon Lerner, who details how a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.  You can also follow Sharon on twitter.


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