Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Last week, TIME Magazine published an interview with Caitlyn Jenner in which she commented on the pressure to raise the visibility of transgender issues and project a glamourous image, saying: "What I call my presentation, I try to take that seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable."  This comment has once again embroiled the former Olympian and Reality TV Star in controversy, with many social media users noting that her statement reflected not only her own economic privilege but internalized transphobia.  Joining me today to talk all about Caitlyn Jenner’s TIME Magazine interview and what she needs to do in order to better understand and represent the Transgender community is Brynn Tannehill the Director of Advocacy for SPART*A an LGBT military community group, who wrote an open letter to Caitlyn in the Huffington Post in response to her TIME Magazine interview.  You can also follow Brynn on twitter.

Over the past few years we have seen a string of victories in the fight for marriage equality, which have coincided with society becoming increasingly more accepting and welcoming to LGBT people, which raises questions not only about how LGBT people have been able to successfully deploy marriage to elevate their social and legal reputation, but also what kind of freedom and equality the ability to marry can mobilize within a community.  In her new book Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality Katherine Franke turns to history to compare today’s marriage equality movement to the experiences of newly emancipated African Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time and relates their stories of marriage to draw lessons that serve as cautionary tales for today’s marriage equality movements.  Katherine joins me today in studio to talk all about the book and how this transition to greater freedom can be both wondrous and perilous for newly emancipated people.  

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