The timing could not be more perfect for our special event next week in DC at the XM studios, broadcast live and streamed online in front of a studio audience: The Path Forward: An LGBT Leadership Town Hall.
With all the uncertainly about getting a passing vote in the House and Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- which has been put off since last summer -- and the signals that the White House doesn't want a vote on repeal of don't ask, don't tell this year, we're going to put the tough questions to Beltway LGBT leaders and some of the critics of their approach and of the White House and Congress, and open it up to discussion across the country in a panel discussion that I will moderate.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey; Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese;National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling; Servicemembers Legal Defense Network executive director Aubrey Sarvis; former Clinton White House advisor on gay rights Richard Socarides and blogger and activist Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend.
Thursday, April 22, 2-4 ET, Sirius 109, XM 98.
XM studios, Washington DC. (Listeners can enter a drawing to win tickets to be part of our studio audience, must be in by Friday at the end of the day to win). Will be aired live on The Michelangelo Signorile Show, 2-4 ET, Sirius 109, XM 98 and streamed online.
Longtime activist David Mixner and Robin McGehee of the new direct action group Get Equal will be among those special guests asking questions of the panelists by phone and in the room. We'll also be taking questions from the audience as well as on the phones so I hope you'll all join us.