Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voices, returns to The Signorile Show today to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines in the LGBT blog-o-sphere. You can also follow Noah on twitter.

Back in 1973, author Rita Mae Brown published her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle, a remarkable and revolutionary book that tells the coming-of-age story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a poor Southern couple who boldly follows her own path in life.  The book, which was one of the first American novels with a lesbian protagonist was ground-breaking in its time and is considered a literary milestone that continues to resonate today with its message about being true to yourself.  Now, after more than forty years after its original publication Rubyfruit Jungle is now available in a paperback edition and Rita Mae Brown joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and her career. 

Earlier today The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a comprehensive report titled “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth,” that provides an in-depth review of research and clinical expertise related to conversion therapy.  This important new resource makes it clear that conversion therapy is not an appropriate therapeutic approach based on the evidence, and explores alternative ways to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with young people.  Joining me today to discuss the report and the work that the White House is doing to end conversion therapy and support LGBTQ Youth is Valerie B. Jarrett a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama who oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls.  You can also follow Valerie on twitter.

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