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Michelangelo Signorile Dishes on Five Other Targets With Russian Ties Ripe for Boycott

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While it may have only been a week since Queer Nation began the organized boycott of Russian vodka over the country's virulently anti-gay record, the global media attention brought to the issue is undeniable. Already, Stolichnaya vodka, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and NBCUniversal have been forced to address concerns by LGBT supporters over their ties to Russia.

With this in mind, gay radio host Michaelangelo Signorile has declared that 'a line must be drawn in the sand' for American companies doing business in Russia. Signorile has identified five other targets with Russian ties in the hopes of broadening the boycott's impact:

Procter & Gamble. Despite this US-based multinational company having a 90 percent on HRC's Corporate Equality Index, they are no stranger to gay boycotts. The company's ubiquitous spots for shampoos, toothpaste and maxi pads have made P&G Russia's biggest television advertiser. With millions of dollars being funneled into state-owned, pro-government, homophobic Russian television, putting pressure on P&G would surely make waves.

Holiday Inn Express. A recent and dramatic expansion of American hotel chains in Russia has been touted on Russian news sites, with Holiday Inn planning to unveil 100 hotels across the country by 2020. The hotel chain already has LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination policies, as well as lucrative contracts hosting major LGBT-related events and conventions at their properties worldwide. This policy of inclusion should naturally be extended to our LGBT brothers and sisters in Russia.

Caterpillar. The heavy machinery company has been busy expanding just outside Moscow with long-term plans to invest in machine building across the country. The company positioned itself as a supporter of gay rights this summer when it decided not to fund the Boy Scouts any longer over its anti-gay policies. Clearly, like P&G, Caterpillar has bowed to pressure by gay activists, which is a promising sign if a future boycott is to take place.

Ernst & Young. The multinational accounting and professional services firm has proudly touted its 100 percent score on HRC's index along with its list of LGBT-related awards over the years. Last September, the company announced the opening of an EY office in Vladivostok, Russia to bring American and other companies to invest in the country.

Hillary Clinton. Many remember Clinton's historic speech in Geneva in December 2011 before U.N. leaders, saying that 'gay rights are human rights.' However, as Secretary of State, Clinton was a strong supporter of Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization and of U.S. companies investing big in Russia. In 2009, Russian gay activists pleaded with Clinton to address the Russian government's anti-gay policies during a state visit. Clinton declined.

As Signorile states, "American companies and politicians who court LGBT people are going to have to stand against this brutal regime in no uncertain terms. And it must be expressed in actions, not just words."

You can read Signorile's full piece, HERE


Bryan Fischer Backs Ken Cuccinelli's Sexual Crusade, Says 'Homosexual Behavior Should Be Contrary to Public Policy'

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Looks like Virginia Attorney General (and Republican gubernatorial candidate) Ken Cuccinelli has a not-so-surprising ally in his quest to rid the commonwealth of oral and anal sex.  Writing in the Huffington Post, radio host Michelangelo Signorile reports that in a recent interview on his show, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer not only backed Cuccinelli's plan, but also went further, essentially describing it as a necessary public health effort:

In what appeared to be a reference to HPV-related cancers, Fischer said in a conversation with me on SiriusXM Progress that a rise in head, neck and throat cancers "among millennials" is a direct result of the influence of "Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky." Throughout the interview, Fischer refused to clearly state what the punishment should be for those who engage in the sexual activity he believes should be banned, alternating between the idea of issuing summonses like "parking tickets" and "speeding tickets"and putting those who engage in oral sex or homosexual sex -- which he compared to drug trafficking, pedophilia and bestiality -- into something similar to drug rehab, at one point even suggesting an "intervention."

Fischer has brought plenty of crazy to the table before, and he's in fine form in his interview with Signorile.  Asked what he thought about oral and anal sex engaged in by heterosexual individuals, Fischer said, "That kind of sexual activity is destructive to the human body and I don’t care who does it.  Let’s talk about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. We now have an epidemic of cancers of the throat and head and neck among millennials"--apparently, if Fischer is to be believed, because they grew up during Clinton's presidency.

6a00d8341c730253ef01901e5f69f0970b-800wiWhile Fischer's views on uncontroversial sexual practices that are without a doubt taking place across the country every day--and his ideas for punishing them with traffic ticket-like fines or rehab (really!)--might seem far outside the mainstream, Ken Cuccinelli's sodomy law would make different-sex vaginal intercourse the only acceptable form of sex in Virginia.  That means anal sex and oral sex--whether homosexual or heterosexual, and even amongst married couples--would be illegal.

Even more shockingly, after Cuccinelli lost his attempt to revive Virginia's anti-sodomy laws at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in March--which relied explicitly on the Supreme Court's 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas invalidating sodomy laws nationwide--the attorney general petitioned the high court to review the decision, in essence asking it to repeal Lawrence.

There's something truly remarkable about the fact that, on this issue at least, there is so little daylight between one of America's most anti-gay voices and the highest law enforcement officer of the nation's 12th most populous state.

If you can stomach it, you can listen to Signorile's full interview with Bryan Fischer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michelangelo Signorile Gets Hitched At NY City Hall

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Sirius XM radio host and Huffington Post Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile (above right) married his partner, film historian and professor David Gerstner, this morning at New York City Hall. Signorile, a long time advocate, activist and journalist, tweeted out, "Just married!" and shared the above picture. A big mazel to the happy couple!

(Photo by Noah Michelson via Twitter)


Glenn Greenwald Talks Snowden, DOMA, Denounces Gay Smears: AUDIO

In a wide-ranging interview on his SiriusXM show, Michelangelo speaks with The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald about Edward Snowden and the NSA, and the fall-out that has erupted since Greenwald help break the story on U.S. government surveillance.

GreenwaldGreenwald rips MSNBC in the interview, particularly Melissa Harris-Perry who called Greenwald a "jerk" in an open letter she wrote criticizing Snowden for creating a media firestorm around his personal journey which distracted from the real news.

The interview also veered into gay topics, the HuffPost reports:

During the show, Greenwald also called a recent New York Daily News story reporting on his prior business involvement with a gay porn company "homophobia." The report was meant to "smear" his image, Greenwald charged.

“Adult video and pornography standing alone isn’t enough of a smear to even be worth doing,” Greenwald said. “It absolutely was the fact that it was gay adult video that made it --in the eyes of the New York Daily News and whoever fed it to them -- something that they thought was worth effectively trying to attack me with. And I think there was unquestionably an element of homophobia, to be talking about the specific titles, highlighting the homoerotic aspects of it.”

As for Greenwald's plans for the future, the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last month may mean he'll return to live in the U.S. with his partner. Greenwald has lived in Rio de Janeiro with his Brazilian partner for the past several years because DOMA prevented them, as a bi-national couple, from living together in the country.

Listen to the interview below:

In related news, Signorile is making a big move within SiriusXM today, moving from the station's OutQ channel to launch its new "Progress" channel. We wish him the best.


Signorile: Log Cabin's Hagel Attacks Are 'Pathetic' And 'Laughable'

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Gay radio host Michelangelo Signorile finds the Log Cabin Republicans' sudden, mysterious attacks on potential Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel "laughable". From his latest piece at The Huffington Post:

Certainly, the way Hagel is being attacked by neocons and even smeared as an "anti-Semite" is ugly and reckless. It's also pathetic (and laughable) that the Log Cabin Republicans and some other gay conservatives are coming out against Hagel on the gay issue, clearly just allowing themselves to be used by the neocons. Having endorsed Mitt Romney and many other antigay Republicans, they have little credibility.

But that doesn't mean that Hagel's comments about Hormel, his voting record, and the insufficient apology are not a concern for many LGBT activists, and for many progressives. If Hagel and the White House want their support, they're going have to say and do a lot more.

President Obama told NBC News' David Gregory that he believes Hagel's apology shows a "positive change," but pointed out that he has not yet made a decision on who he will nominate to replace Leon Panetta as head of the Pentagon.


Bryan Fischer Claims Michelangelo Signorile Supports Anti-Gay Death Penalty: VIDEO

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Hateful radio host Bryan Fischer is trying to justify his support for Uganda's hideously anti-gay law by claiming, falsely, that progressive and out radio host Michelangelo Signorile endorses a death penalty for gay people. Yes, that's right: gay radio host, says Fischer, thinks gays should be killed.

Fischer bases his claim on a remark Signorile made to a Romney supporter during a heated pre-election debate. Signorile said suicide would be "much easier than waiting for the slow, painful death that Mitt Romney will bring you." He apologized for the remark the next day, yet Fischer still twists the facts into a completely illogical argument that does nothing but prove the lengths to which some people will go to rationalize their own hate.

Watch video of Fischer's comments, via Right Wing Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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