Rosie O'Donnell Talks Coming Out, Indiana's Anti-Gay Law And Closeted Politicians With Michelangelo Signorile

04/03/2015 01:36 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Rosie O'Donnell was her usual candid self while interviewing HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile on the release of his new book, It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, as part of the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series this week.

The comedian and veteran talk show host, 53, sounded off on a variety of topics during the chat. She praised Signorile as "helpful and provocative" in her own public coming out journey, and also cited Ellen DeGeneres as a personal influence.

"I was so overwhelmed by the trajectory of what happened to her," she recalled. "It was terrifying to me to watch what happened to her, but it also was empowering and knocked the door down that I waltzed easily through."

O'Donnell and Signorile, of course, didn't stop there. They also discussed Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the national controversy surrounding the owners of Memories Pizza, who publicly declared that they'd refuse to cater to a same-sex wedding in the wake of their state's legislation.

"Not even lesbians would [cater their weddings with pizza]," O'Donnell quipped. "We might have a potluck, we might have bring-your-own chili, but that's only if financial situations are tough."

She had high praise for Lena Dunham, calling the "Girls" creator and star a "child of Gloria Steinem" when it came to women's rights.

O'Donnell and Signorile didn't mince words when it came to closeted politicians who vote against the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"Let's get those f**kers," she quipped.

The full interview, "SiruisXM’s Town Hall with Michelangelo Signorile," will debut April 13 on SiriusXM Progress channel 127. It will then air on SiriusXM OutQ channel 106 on April 16, as well as via satellite and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices.

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