Monday, June 13, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

We are all reeling today from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the capacity crowd at Pulse nightclub in Orlando leaving 50 people dead and over 50 injured according to preliminary reports, and once again we are forced to reckon with the fact that senseless violence has destroyed lives in our country and community. Joining me today to talk all about the events in Orlando, its effect on the LGBT community there, and what you can do to help is Nadine Smith the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Following the mass shooting in Orlando, Conservative politicians have taken the opportunity to continue their attacks on Islam while ignoring the issue of guns and the easy access to them in this country.  Joining me today to talk all about this weekend’s events and the role that the NRA and America’s gun culture plays in contributing to the epidemic of gun violence afflicting our nation is Igor Volsky is the Deputy Director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund

 As we are learning more and more information about the attack in Orlando we are finding out the suspect had expressed sympathy with a number of terrorist organizations, which makes this attack both an act of terrorism and a hate crime directed against the LGBT community.  Joining me now to talk all about the attack and how Congress should act in response to it is Rep. Jerrold Nadler who represents the 10th congressional district of New York. 

As the hours go by, we continue to learn more about the killer who slaughtered 50 Pride Month revelers over the weekend inside an Orlando club.  It is now being reported that he apparently had a history of violence and bigotry, often aimed at the LGBT community and according to reports, the killer’s father said that his son had become “very angry” after seeing two men kissing in public several months ago.  Joining me today to talk all about the threat of violence that LGBT people face every day in this country is LGBT and immigrant rights advocate Gabe Ortíz who is also an online organizer for America's Voice, an immigration advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

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