Thursday, July 31, 2014

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4:35pm ET -  In recent months, the trans-rights movement has been growing in power and visibility, with a recent Time Magazine cover featuring the actress Laverne Cox headlined The Transgender Tipping Point.  However despite this movement towards larger acceptance in society a recent survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found overwhelming levels of anti-trans violence and persecution, with some of this persecution coming from an unlikely source.  In her recent article in the August 4th Issue of the New Yorker Magazine titled What Is a Woman? The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism author and senior contributing writer for The Nation Michelle Goldberg talks about this dispute and explains why radical feminist refuse to accept transgender women as women.   She joins us today to discuss her article and the fight over what it means to be a woman in our society today.  You can also follow Michelle on twitter.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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3:35pm ET - On Tuesday the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the Fast Food giant McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators.  This decision, if upheld, would disrupt longtime labor practices in the fast-food industry and could ease the way for workers to unionize across the country.  Joining us to explain this ruling and how it will affect the struggle for fare pay and basic rights for these workers in Julius Getman, a labor law professor at the University of Texas.

4:35pm ET - It’s not surprising that Americans are obsessed with dogs—according to journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis in his new book Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazed Country, America has the highest rate of dog ownership “on the planet.” Like many insecure dog owners, Benoit was worried that his nine-year-old Labrador mix Casey didn't like him very much, so he embarked on a four-month cross country road trip with his dog, to explore their relationship as well as that of the Americans and their dogs they encountered along the way. He joins us to talk about his book, which is both a memoir and a travelogue. You can also follow Benoit on twitter and facebook.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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4:15pm ET - Last week after President Barack Obama signed an executive order to expanded protections for federal workers and contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, ExxonMobil announced that as one of the largest federal contractors it will comply with the law, but it still remains unclear whether the company will change the language of its equal opportunity corporate policy to reflect the President’s Executive Order.  According to government records ExxonMobil won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than $8 billion since 2006, making it one of the largest employers to receive federal contracts, and as a result it’s compliance with the order can offer an example of the effect this executive order will have on the lives of thousands of LGBT Americans who work at one of the nation’s largest employers.  Joining us to discuss this order as well as update us on what’s going on in our Nation’s capital is Congressman Mark Pocan of the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin.  You can also follow Rep. Pocan on twitter and facebook.


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Monday, July 28, 2014

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3:35pm ET - Over the past few months the humanitarian crisis at the border has been all over the news, with Republicans calling for the deportation of child refugees and anti-immigrant protesters mistakenly screaming at YMCA campers in a bus.  While these lawmakers and activists are claiming to be concerned for the well-being of these children the policies they support would send them back to their home countries with little opportunity for their claims to asylum of being heard.   Joining us to discuss this crisis and the claims that it is the result of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, an Immigration Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress who is A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary herself.  You can also follow Esther on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Last week, despite his controversial past statements, the New York Football Giants announced that they had hired former player David Tyree as the director of player development, a position, according to Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin, that “is meant to aid players in their development as young men and help them pursue opportunities in the business world and in networking in the city that they happen to be playing in.”  In a 2011 interview with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), David Tyree said that gay marriage would lead to anarchy and lawlessness and he later in another interview stated that he would trade his 2008 Super Bowl winning catch if it would stop marriage equality from happening.  As if this wasn't enough to make the Giants re-think their decision to hire him, recent revelations have been made about David Tyree’s own mentors and business associates that call into further question his fitness to mentor young players.  Joining us to discuss David Tyree and his controversial mentors and associates is Rachel Tabachnick, a fellow and researcher at Political Research Associates. You can also follow Rachel on twitter.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

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3:30pm ET - Recently, Truvada, the once-a-day pill that can help in preventing people from contracting H.I.V., has been all over the news, it was even featured as a cover story on New York Magazine.  The pill has been heralded for drastically reducing gay men’s fear of infection and it has been reported that a major study found it to be 99 percent effective.  However according to Josh Barro, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times these findings are all wrong because the 99 percent figure isn’t a study finding at all but rather a statistical estimate, based on a number of assumptions.  He joins us today in studio to discuss his article and explain what this all means as it relates to the true effectiveness of Truvada.

4:05pm ET - As he does every Friday, Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of Huffington Post Gay Voices, joins us to help close out the week in stories making headlines over at Gay Voices.  You can also follow Noah on twitter and facebook.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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3:35pm ET - Yesterday the NewYork Times published an investigation into the alleged involvement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his offices interference with an anti-corruption panel that he created in 2013 in response to the failure of the state Legislature to pass campaign finance reform legislation.  The revelations in the Times article showed that top Cuomo aides worked to stymie investigations by the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption into political firms hired by the governor and major donors to the governor's campaigns.  Joining us to explain the allegations and what this means for New York’s Democratic Governor is Paul Blumenthal of The Huffington Post. You can also follow Paul on twitter and facebook.


4:35pm ET - One Day after issuing their ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby the Supreme Court ordered all lower courts to rehear all religious challenges to the Affordable Care Act in light of Hobby Lobby.   What this all means for the ACA and how it will affect LGBT Americans remains unclear.  Joining us today to discuss how broad the decision will turn out to be and what the implications are for LGBT people is  AriEzra Waldman, an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.  You can also follow Ari on twitter and facebook.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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3:35pm ET - Yesterday two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans, raising questions about the future of the health care law. The first decision came from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled 2-1 that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance for Americans in states with federally run health insurance.  However, hours later the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond Virginia decided, by a vote of 3 to 0, that the subsidies via the federal exchanges are perfectly fine.  Joining us to make sense of these two rulings and the effect they will have on the Affordable Care Act is Igor Volsky, the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. You can also follow Igor on twitter



4:35pm ET - In the Declaration of Independence, there’s a sentence that states “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them.” So what exactly is this “Nature’s God?” Historian and philosopher Matthew Stewart argues that this God, rooted in deism that evolved over the course of history, looks to nature for answers in the human quest for wisdom and justice, and is the key ideology behind the founding fathers of America. In his new book, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, Stewart seeks to correct the national mythology that America was founded on Christian beliefs as “one nation under God.”  He joins us today in studio to talk about his new book and ideology behind the founding of our country.



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