Monday, August 31, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Over the weekend, Pride at Work, an officially recognized constituency group of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, which organizes support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community to further social and economic justice, has asked all unions to stop supporting the Human Rights Campaign until it addresses what it see sees as systemic issues and key problems with HRC’s Corporate Equality Index which purports to identify companies with strong protections and worthwhile benefits for its LGBT employees.  Joining me today to discuss the Union group’s resolution which could result in HRC losing more than $100,000 is Shane Larson, the co-president of Pride At Work and the Legislative Director for the Communication Workers of America Union.  You can also follow Shane on twitter.

On August 25, the US Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD, raided the New York City offices of and arrested the chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website.  News of the raid prompted largely derisive comments from across the LGBT community, with some people arguing that prostitution should be legal and that the raid is just another example of a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime, while others are saying that this is yet another example of discrimination and that modern version of bath house raids.  Joining me today to talk about the raid, the crimes that is accused of, as well as the reactions coming out of the LGBT community is Duncan Osborne, associate editor at Gay City News.

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