Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today on 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.

Last week the nation was shocked when a man armed with an easily acquired military assault rifle ambushed members of the Dallas Police Department while they working to protect a peaceful protest in the city.  Joining me today to talk all about the shooting, its aftermath, and what we need to do in order to move forward as a nation and address the root causes of these problems is Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)who represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas which includes the city of Dallas

Next week, the city of Cleveland will host its first big political convention in 80 years and in preparation for the big event the city has taken a number of steps to prepare for a number of possibilities and situations.  From emptying the city jails and keeping its courts open until 1 a.m. in case of mass arrests to spending tens of millions of dollars on riot gear, handcuffs, body cameras for their police department.  Joining me today to talk all about the preparation the city has undertaken is Mary Jordan a national correspondent for the Washington Post who has been covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Last summer when actor, singer, producer, and author Chris Colfer who gained international recognition for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the hit television series Glee, released the 4th book in his bestselling series The Land of Stories it landed at #1 for two consecutive weeks on the very competitive New York Times children’s series list, outselling all the other major franchise series including Harry Potter, Maze Runner, Divergent, Star Wars, and Diary of Wimpy Kid.  Now, he is back with the 5th installment of the series tilted An Author’s Odyssey which was released yesterday.  The series follows twins Alex and Conner as they magically travel through a cherished book of stories and have adventures in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.  Chris also has a cameo appearance in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie which is out on July 22.  
Yesterday, on the one month anniversary of the mass shooting in Orlando, congressional Republicans held a committee hearing to discuss legalizing discrimination against LGBT people in the United States. Despite repeated calls to cancel or postpone the hearing, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) refused to do so and instead decided to mark the anniversary of one of the worst attacks on LGBT people in this country’s history by choosing to discuss how best to deny them equal rights and protections under the law.  The hearings concerned the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” which would allow businesses and individuals to deny service to LGBT people and just about anyone else if they cite their religious beliefs.  Joining me today to talk all about this horrendous bill and what it says about House Republicans is Rep. Mark Pocan who represents the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin.

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