Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

There are more reports of media being died access to the area of the Gulf oil spill. According to the New York Times, "Officials at BP and the government entities coordinating the response said instances of denying news media access have been anomalies, and they pointed out that the company and the government have gone to great lengths to accommodate the hundreds of journalists who have traveled to the gulf to cover the story." Are these in fact anomalies as the government and BP officials claim? We'll discuss this afternoon.

Illinois Senate candidate and allegedly closeted Republican Congressman Mark Kirk has had his fair share of scandals recently, including questions regarding his service. Now he is under a microscope from the Department of Defense for campaigning while he was on active duty. According to the Huffington Post, "If Kirk did indeed campaign while serving... the offense would be punishable by up to two years confinement and dishonorable discharge from the military." We'll go over his alleged scandal's and put him under our microscope, too.

/ 3:30pm EST - Spencer Wells, geneticist, anthropologist and author of Pandora's Seed: The Unforseen Cost of Civilization, joins us this afternoon to talk about his belief that when our neolithic ancestors began farming, they set us on the road to ruin, one that may be causing all the problems we have now, from urban chaos to global warming.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Yesterday, we spoke with Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project about his series of article asking "Is GetEQUAL The New HRC?" Today, well be joined by Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL, joins us to rebutt some of the criticisms Browning had and talk about what she addresses in her guest post to Browning's post's on the Bilerico Project.

The State Department has issued new policy regarding gender identity and how it is displayed on a passport, allowing for transgender people to define his or her gender, even without gender reassignment surgery. The State Department released a memo, stating: "Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender. ...It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician’s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition. No additional medical records are required. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance."

A federal health panel is weighing ending discrimination against gay men when it comes to donating blood. We'll be part of a blogswarm to pressure the FDA to stop this outdated, bigoted ban.

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