Monday, April 26, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

Last week was a big week in breaking news for the LGBT community, with the interruption of President Obama by protesters at a fund raising event for California Senator Barbara Boxer, the chaining of LGBT military servicemembers to the White House fence, and our event in Washington DC, with leaders of LGBT activist groups and critics showing guidance for The Path Forward. But do you think the White House is listening? According to Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate, " appears that President Obama and his political team have yet to get the message that LGBT Americans don’t want to watch in silence while Washington squanders the best opportunity in 17 years to right an unjust law," and points to an interview the president gave in 2008 during his campaign, saying, "It’s not my place to tell the LGBT community, ‘Wait your turn.'" But is the White House doing just that? We'll discuss today.

On another civil rights front, an article in the New York Times focuses on the newly signed immigration law in Arizona we spoke about on Friday afternoon. The law "gives the local police broad powers to check documentation 'when practicable' of anyone they reasonably suspect is an illegal immigrant. " Many Arizonan's are split on this law, which take effect this summer, "between the punitive and the practical solutions to the nation’s illegal immigration issue." Why such a split on this issue? We'll talk about it today.

According to a new study, there is a rising percentage of elderly care givers providing home aide to the elderly. The study, conducted by the PHI National, "found that in 2008, 28 percent of home care aides were over age 55, compared with 18 percent of women in the overall work force." We'll get into why this elderly workforce is growing, and expected to grow more in the next 10 years.

Guest / 4:30 - I mentioned earlier about last weeks protest in front of the White House, with LGBT servicemember effected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" chaining themselves to the White House Fence. Autumn Sandeen, one of the six protesters to handcuff themselves at the White House, joins us this afternoon to talk about the aftermath of that event and how she was subjected to harassment from federal law enforcement. Read her letter to the president about her treatment at Pam's House Blend.

Would you give up your citizenship? More and more Americans living abroad are. Many Americans who work abroad are now renouncing their citizenship due to growing frustrations over taxation and the lack of services they are provided by the US. According to reports, 502 expatriates gave up citizenship, a number that has almost doubled since the previous years reports. If you were working abroad, would you consider doing the same?

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