Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

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.

On December 27th and 31st Comedian, activist, co-creator/former head writer of The Daily Show, and Air America Radio co-founder LizzWinstead will be performing her hilarious Year In Review, called Plan B From Outer Space at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN.  She will be joined by TV’s Frank Coniff of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame and special musical guest Sam Breckenridge, and will be covering all the news and events from throughout the year.  You can also follow Lizz on twitter



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

4:05pm ET - Yesterday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that President Barack Obama's administrative actions on immigration, which could grant deportation relief to up to 5 million people, goes beyond "beyond prosecutorial discretion" and is therefore unconstitutional.  However the Judge in this case has a rather questionable history on the bench and according to many legal experts his decision does not appear to carry any real-world consequences.  Joining us today to discuss U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab and his recent ruling is Elise Foley, an immigration and politics reporter for The Huffington Post.  You can also follow Elise on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Following the Great Recession, state legislators across the country introduced hundreds of bills to destroy the rights of public-sector unions to collectively bargain and participate in politics.  Furthermore, Republican governors have also succeeded in scaling back the organizing ability of public workers in several states, and according to Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in government and social policy at Harvard University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network who blogs for The Washington Post, these conservative advances are significant because the public sector remains one of the last strongholds of union strength in the United States.  He joins us today to talk about how The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working non-stop with conservative legislators to undermine public-sector unions and destroy the American Working Class.  You can also follow Alex on twitter.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Last week, the FDA’s Blood Products Advisory Panel met to discuss lifting the government’s 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men. Currently, any man who has had sexual contact with another man since 1977 is barred for life from donating blood.  However, the panel closed its discussion without taking a formal vote on the matter, singling their endorsement of the current ban.  Joining us today to discuss the FDA’s Blood Products Advisory Panel and the ban on gay male blood donations is Mark Joseph Stern who covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues for Slate.  You can also follow Mark on twitter.

5:05pm ET - As more and more women surface with allegations that Bill Cosby had drugged and raped them the comedian has not said much to the press about these multiple rape and sexual abuse allegations.  However, the New York Post’s Stacy Brown did get Cosby to talk to her, and while he didn’t say much other than praising his wife’s fortitude, he did tell Brown what he expects of “the black media”.  Joining us today to discuss Cosby’s interview and his request for reporters in the black media to “uphold the standards of excellence in journalism” and “to go in with a neutral mind” when covering these allegations is Alyssa Rosenberg who blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.  You can also follow Alyssa on twitter.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

4:35pm ET - Over the last 80 years, Louisiana’s coast has been starved of sediment by river levees and eviscerated by canals dredged for oil and gas extraction, and as a result southeastern Louisiana is sinking at one of the fastest rates on the planet into the Gulf of Mexico.  Already, some 2,000 square miles have sunk into the Gulf, and without action, the state could lose another 1,750 squares miles over the next 50 years.  Joining us today to talk about the problem and what is being done to address it is Bob Marshall, who covers environmental issues for The Lens and who recently wrote a two part report on the issue titled “Losing Ground for ProPublica.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - This week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York sent a letter to insurance companies warning them that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatments like hormone therapy, if a doctor has deemed that treatment medically necessary.  Stating that because state law requires insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, people who are found to have a mismatch between their birth sex and their internal sense of gender are entitled to insurance coverage for treatments related to that condition, called gender dysphoria.  Joining us today to discuss this letter and how it will help New York’s Transgender community is Ezra Young, a lawyer who has worked on a variety of transgender issues in several states and works with Dr. Jillian Weiss, a frequent guest on the show.  You can also follow Ezra on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Earlier this year and analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics.  These street searches and interrogations are commonly known as “stop-and-frisk”, and the revelation of the extent to which they were used caused outrage in New York and helped lead to the election of Mayor Bill De Blasio who pledged to end the practice.  Yet what most people may be unaware of is that these stop-and-frisk tactics pale in comparison to another police strategy known as the “jump-out”.  Joining us today to talk about this practice and how it is affecting the African American community in Washington D.C. is Nicole Flatow, the deputy editor of ThinkProgress Justice.  You can also follow Nicole on twitter.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voices, returns 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 - For much of his life professional soccer player Robbie Rogers lived in paralyzing fear that revealing he was gay would cost him the life and career he had built for himself; and as a result he never told anyone about his sexual orientation.  Robbie, like many in the hyper masculine professional sports world believed that he could not be a professional athlete and an out gay man at the same time.  However, last year, at the age of twenty-five and after stepping away from a brilliant career—one that included an NCAA Championship, winning the Major League Soccer Cup, and competing in the Olympics—he chose to risk it all and tell the truth. But instead of facing the feared rejection, he was embraced—by his family, by his teammates, and his fans.  Robbie, who currently plays for the L.A. Galaxy, joins us today to talk about his memoir Coming Out To Play and what it’s like to be an out gay man in the world of professional men’s sports.  You can also follow Robbie on twitter and facebook and instagram.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - On November 25, Judge Carlton W. Reeves struck down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage in a 72-page decision in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant.  The court concluded that Mississippi's marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law and forces them to live as second-class citizenship while violating the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Joining us today to discuss this historic decision and the affect it will have on Mississippi’s LGBT community is Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, a minister in the United Church of Christ and executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.  You can also follow the CSE on twitter.


4:35pm ET - In 1961 a bookkeeper named Roy Torcaso, who happened to be an atheist, refused to declare that he believed in God in order to serve as a notary public in Maryland. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously for Mr. Torcaso, saying states could not have a “religious test” for public office.  However, 53 years later, seven states still have articles in their constitutions saying people who do not believe in God are not eligible to hold public office.  Joining us today to talk about this articles and the efforts underway to have them stricken from state constitutions is Todd Stiefel, the chairman and primary funder of the Openly Secular coalition, which is working towards this end.



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