Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Queer Voices at The Huffington Post, and the co-host of the Love + Sex Podcast returns to the show as he does every Thursday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines over at Queer Voices. You can also follow Noah on twitter.

For over a year, long before the Obergefell marriage equality ruling, many warned that the backlash to LGBT equality would be ugly and intense, and that too many LGBT leaders and much of the media weren’t paying attention, caught up in the wins — what I’ve dubbed victory blindness. And what happened last night in North Carolina isn’t only the latest example of it; it’s the most far-reaching and frighteningly successful example so far. a sweeping bill which overturned existing ordinances protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in cities and counties across the state — and which banned transgender students from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity was signed by the GOP governor, Pat McCrory.  Joining me today to talk all about this sweeping anti-LGBT bill is Chris Sgro is the Executive Director of Equality North Carolina.

Yesterday, The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about access to contraception and religion, the case called Zubik v. Burwell, centers around the objections of the plaintiffs to filling out a 2 page form that provides information about their insurance plans when they wish to be exempted from the regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to provide free insurance coverage for contraception to their female workers.  The plaintiffs argue that even filling out a form with information about their insurance plans violates their religious beliefs and that they should also be exempt from this as well.  Joining me today to talk all about the case, yesterday’s oral arguments, and the affect that a 4-4 ruling will have on women across the country is Ian Millhiser a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice.

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