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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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Michele Bachmann Struggles to Retain Seat Against Opponent Who Supports Marriage Equality

Last week, it was reported that Michele Bachmann's lead in the race to hold on to her seat in Congress had shrunk to two points:

GravesIndependent voters have swung against her by nearly 20 points in just two months, from a 4 percent advantage to a 15 point disadvantage. The internal poll, conducted by Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner at the behest of Democrat Jim Graves’ campaign and shared with Salon, shows that Bachmann’s favorability rating has tumbled since their last survey in mid-June, and finds Graves gaining ground with independents as his name recognition grows.

Overall, the poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48-46 percent, within the margin of error.

Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Graves on his radio show last week about, among other things, his support for marriage equality:

“My stand is, I’ve been for 39 years in a loving and committed relationship,” he said. “I’m very fortunate. It’s been the best thing in my life and, by gosh, everybody in America has the same rights under the law and everyone should be able to marry who they want to, when they want to. As far as what churches want to do, or synagogues, again, I believe in separation of church and state. I don’t care what the Catholic Church wants to do. I happen to be born a Catholic. But under the law everybody has the same rights and I believe very strongly in dignity and respect for everybody."

Listen to Signorile's full interview at HuffPost.


Jesse Jackson Hopes Maryland Voters Approve Marriage Equality

JacksonmarriageVenerable civil rights leader Jesse Jackson told Michelangelo Signorile in an interview last week that he'd like to see Maryland voters approve marriage equality there.

Comparing the vote to 60s-era votes on racial civil rights, Jackson told the Sirius XM radio host, "I remember in 1964, the dealbreaker then was, 'Should we have the right of public accommodation [for blacks]?' They tried to make blacks having public accommodations a single issue. At that time race was the dealbreaker. But we’ve overcome that. I would hope that people would respect people’s basic fundamental rights. If you don’t believe in it, don’t engage in it. But don’t deny other people their basic civil rights."

With regard to marriage equality as a concept, rather than as a vote in Maryland, Jackson said that our culture has expanded its understanding of love, and that our laws need to follow suit.

The culture has had to expand… For so long we thought it was a sin for blacks to have freedom. We thought it was a sin for black and white men and women to interrelate. We’ve grown in our appreciation of the fact that we live in our faith, and our faith may live under the law. All citizens deserve constitutional protections. You know, you have a right not to agree with interracial marriage but no one should be denied rights under the law.

An August poll of Maryland voters shows support for equality ahead by about 14 points: 54 for the law with 40 against, according to Hart Research Associates. A survey from March had 51 in favor and 43 against.


Barney Frank Hits Gay Republicans: 'Their Role Model is Uncle Tom'

In an interview with radio host Michelangelo Signorile, outgoing Congressman Barney Frank, who will speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight, discussed the DNC, Mitt Romney, and denounced gay Republicans who accept that party's support with no rights.

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“Frankly I’ve been appalled to see the Log Cabin club, in the face of this worse and worse record on public policy by Republicans on our issues. Mr. Cooper said, ‘Well at least they’re not saying bad things about us.' That’s just extraordinary. Again, 30 years ago when we were emerging from the vice of prejudice, I understood that. But no, we shouldn’t be accepting a kind of second class citizenship, [and saying], ‘You can treat us badly as long you don’t yell at us.’ They’re accepted on [the GOP's] terms. They’re willing to be accepted with no rights -- no right to marry, no right to serve in the military, no right to be protected against hate crimes, no right to be protected in employment. I’ll be honest: For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom.”

CooperLog Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper hit back at Frank in an email, calling the Congressman a "partisan hack" who is "unwilling to do" the "hardest work" for the LGBT rights movement:

"As far as Log Cabin Republicans are concerned, it's a badge of honor to be attacked by a partisan hack like Barney Frank. We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans and undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would actually improve LGBT Americans lives. We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign's efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people....Frank calls us 'Uncle Toms' and pretends that Log Cabin hasn't been on the front lines of the fight for equality. The truth is, by speaking conservative to conservative about gay rights, Log Cabin Republicans are doing some of the hardest work in the movement, work that liberals like Barney are unwilling to do and couldn't do if they tried."

The remainder of Cooper's lengthy statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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