Thursday, May 06, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

During yesterday's show, we spoke more Dr. George Rekers, a founder of the Family Research Council and board member of the National Associate of Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH), who took a European trip with "Rent Boy," identified as Jo-vanni Roman, whom Rekers claimed was hired to help carry his luggage. (Both are pictured here i a shot the Miami New Times took when they arrived at the airport, and it is Rekers who is pushing the luggage.) We had also talked about Rekers and an associte receiving $87,000 from Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum to testify in support of Florida's gay adoption ban. Now, after having you call FRC to ask for an explanation of Dr. Rekers leisure activities, groups with ties are speaking up about his behavior. FRC claims, "While we are extremely disappointed when any Christian leader engages in the very activities that they 'preach' against, it is not surprising. The Scriptures clearly teach the fallen nature of all people. We each have a choice to act upon that nature or accept the forgiveness offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and do our best to ensure our actions, both public and private match our professed positions." NARTH is saying, "This comes as a complete surprise as Dr. Rekers is not only very old and in very poor health, but also very nice and soft spoken, so until we have further information or proof of this incident it remains rumor and speculation." Rekers has also come out with a response, which he has since revised. We'll get into all the details about this hypocrisy today!

Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani American who was arrested on charges of trying to set off a bomb in Times Square Saturday night, had, according to authorities, a dry run of Saturday nights failed attempt. On April 28, he had driven around, looking for a spot he thought would be ideal for setting off a bomb. It looks like, in this case, practice doesn't make perfect.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Alice Echols, author of Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture, joins us this afternoon to dispel the myths surrounding disco and how the genre not only had an impact on music, but on gay liberation, feminism and the black freedom struggle.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays (PFOX), recently received an award from the Mayor of Washington DC, Adrian Fenty. The mayor has since apologized for giving this award to Griggs, but is this enough? Lane Hudson joins us this afternoon to talk about efforts to have Mayor Fenty go further and ask for the award back.

Last night, the NBA's Phoenix Suns joined in protest of the Arizona Immigration Law, wearing jersey's who said "Los Suns." The team drove an even bigger wedge in the issue because they beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-102.

The town of Concord, MA has banned the sale of bottled drinking water. The action, which takes effect in 2011, is an effort to cut down on the plastic it takes to create the bottles, which uses 17 million barrels of oil each year. Can it work and will other cities follow their lead? We'll talk about it this afternoon.

All this and more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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