Monday, August 03, 2015

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

Recently social media has been abuzz with images of environmental activists in Kayaks attempting to stop an icebreaker and supply vessel called the Fennica which is crucial to oil drilling operations in the Artic from continuing its mission.   Joining me today to discuss the ongoing protests by Greenpeace USA and other activists in Portland Oregon of the of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil company and their Arctic oil drilling operation is Arun Gupta, a contributor to The Nation.  You can also follow Arun on twitter.

In July of 1972 the Democratic Party held its convention in Miami Beach and for the first time the National Women’s Political Caucus, which was founded by icons including Betty Friedan, Dorothy Height and Gloria Steinem were trying to leverage women’s power at a political convention and get Democratic candidate George McGovern to make the legalization of abortion a part of his platform.  These protests were documented at the time in a documentary film called “Year of the Woman” by filmmaker Sandra Hochman, however after only a few showings of the film in 1973 it disappeared from public view for over forty years.  Joining me today to talk all about this “lost film” and how it has now become available again is Rebecca Traister who wrote all about the film for The Huffington Post and is a writer-at-large at New York Magazine and The Cut. Her 2010 book Big Girls Don’t Cry is about women and feminism in the 2008 election.  You can also follow Rebecca on twitter.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

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

Ten years ago the groundbreaking film Brokeback Mountain debuted in theaters across the country to rave reviews and became an instant classic. The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal focus' on two cowboys who have secret and forbidden love affair which carries on throughout their lives.  Not only did the film capture a truly moving love story, but it also introduced the world to the fact that gay cowboys do exist, despite the cultural hypermasculinity that exists in the American West.  Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, the film was adapted for the screen and produced by Larry McMurtry and his longtime writing and producing partner, Diana Ossana. The two of them won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award (among many others) for Brokeback Mountain, and they both join me today to talk all about the film and the impact it has had.  

Kristen Green grew up in Prince Edward County, Va., the only community in the nation to close its schools for five years rather than desegregate following the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. She attended an all-white academy, which was founded in 1959 by her grandparents and other white leaders when the public school doors were locked and the private school did not admit black students until 1986, when she was in the eighth grade.  The situation in Prince Edward County, Va  was so bad in 1963 that US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, once said that “The only places on earth not to provide free public education are communist China, North Vietnam, Sarawak, Singapore, British Honduras—and Prince Edward County, Virginia.”  In her new book Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Right Battle, Kristen Green details this little known event in American history and tries to come to terms with her own families involvement in the resistance to integration.  Kristen joins us today to talk all about the book.  You can also follow Kristen on twitter.

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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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