Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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

Article I of the US Constitution stipulates that every 10 years, a census be conducted to count all of the people for the purposes of determining proportional representation in Congress.  In addition to the decennial census, every year the government also sends 3.5 million Americans a mandatory lengthy questionnaire seeking a wide range of information about their living situation and employment status, known as the American Community Survey.  This survey helps to update information concerning the population and help better allocate tax dollars and government programs where they are needed most, but now Republicans are trying to curtail the census by backing legislation that would make the American Community Survey effectively voluntary.  Joining me today to discuss this effort and how it would affect the country is Russell Berman the senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Ever since Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender she has been greeted by mixed reactions across the country, from thunderous applause to outright derision. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee mocked Trans women as predatory pedophiles who just want to sneak into bathrooms while at the same time ESPN announced it would give her an award for courage.  Though largely hailed for being honest about her gender identity some people like Elinor Burkett who is a journalist and former professor of women’s studies and an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker have expressed concern about Ms. Jenner’s characterization of her brain being more female than male because according to her recent op-ed in the New York Times it is “nonsense that was used to repress women for centuries” and the “desire to support people like Ms. Jenner and their journey toward their truest selves has strangely and unwittingly brought it back.”  Joining me today to discuss Ms. Burkett’s op-ed is Dana Beyer, the Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland who wrote a response to the op-ed for The Huffington Post.

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