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Texas Supreme Court ruled that the city of Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance must be put to a popular vote or repealed despite the fact that the campaign against the ordinance had failed to get enough legitimate signatures in order to get the measure put on a ballot in first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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