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Michelangelo Signorile
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Michelangelo Signorile is Editor-at-large of Huffington Post Gay Voices. He is an author, journalist and commentator, and the host of "The Michelangelo Signorile Show," which airs each weekday on SiriusXM Progress, channel 127 (3-6 p.m. ET.)

Signorile has served as editor-at-large and columnist for The Advocate, and editor-at-large and columnist for Out Magazine. He has also been a columnist and editor-at-large for Planet Out/Gay.com, and was a columnist for New York Press. Signorile has written for many publications, including New York Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and The New York Observer.

The author of several bestselling books, including Queer in America, a seminal book on the gay closet, and Life Outside, a finalist for The New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, Signorile has covered LGBT politics and culture for over 20 years. He is a regular guest on television news programs.

Signorile has been profiled by CBS' "60 Minutes," and has appeared on "Today," "Good Morning America" and other shows. He appears regularly on TV news programs discussing political and cultural issues affecting the gay community. He has also appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick's 2009 documentary, "Outrage" which profiled his work.

Entries by Michelangelo Signorile

How a Kentucky Clerk Became an Ultimate Symbol of Bigotry

(2229) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has received international attention for defying the U.S. Supreme Court, is still refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples today, more than two months after the high court's historic ruling in Obergefell.

This, even after the...

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Will Gays Abandon Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden Jumps Into the Presidential Race?

(274) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 9:21 AM

There are few politicians who've been more outspoken on LGBT rights in a gut-level, passionate way than Vice President Joe Biden. Nor has there been any politician so public in his or her opinions and so close to a president who catapulted LGBT rights during his two terms,...

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Black Lives Matter, ACT UP and the Urgency of Violence and Death

(75) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:03 PM

There's been lots of criticism from some progressives after Senator Bernie Sanders was shouted down by Black Lives Matters activists in Seattle recently, especially from supporters of Sanders' presidential campaign. The basic tenor is that Sanders is a "friend" and thus protesting him is a waste of time,...

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Despite Controversy, Zachary Quinto Still Wants To Be Part Of The Gay 'Conversation'

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 9:04 AM


Zachary Quinto, who stars in the new action film “Hitman: Agent 47,” is one of the hardest-working and most varied actors in Hollywood. He moves from stage to screen and back, from Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway to films like "Hitman," playing gay...

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The Surprising Reason Execs Didn't Want Heath Ledger In 'Brokeback Mountain'

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:43 AM


Upon its 10th anniversary, we’ve seen a slew of stories, interviews and articles commemorating the iconic film "Brokeback Mountain," which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger as two cowboys who fall in love. And that’s not to mention the myriad of books and...

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For 'Back On Board,' Greg Louganis Looks Back On His Legacy, LGBT Rights

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 1:46 PM


An amazing sign of progress on LGBT rights — and an example of how the entrenched homophobia in corporate America of years past has changed dramatically — is Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson being heralded by General Mills, which, after the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality...

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Why the Boy Scouts' New Policy on Gays Sets a Dangerous Precedent

(606) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:08 AM

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has finally lifted its ban on gay adults -- except for those groups that still want to discriminate. Sure, it's cause for optimism that the BSA is not enforcing the ban on every chapter and group. But by allowing some to discriminate...

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Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:11 AM


There was an avalanche of hope and excitement last week among supporters of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced the sweeping, comprehensive Equality Act.


The bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights...

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Rep. David Cicilline: LGBT People Are Entitled To 'Full Equality'

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 11:13 AM

The Equality Act,  an historic, comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill, was introduced in both the Senate and the House last week. The bill will expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other laws to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It also marks a...

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The GOP Plan to Stoke Anti-Gay Bigotry in 2016

(223) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:33 AM

There have been predictions for several years that gay-bashing by GOP presidential candidates would be dead by 2016, some of it wishful thinking by gay advocates. Back in 2012, Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, for example, commenting on the lack of discussion of gay issues in the three...

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How Scott Walker's Gay-Bashing Blew Up in His Face

(297) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Scott Walker thought he was playing a deft game. For a while the Wisconsin governor, running for the GOP nomination for the presidency, has been engaging in his own version of dog-whistling to homophobes, as he and the GOP struggle with the reality that the base of their...

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Jane Lynch Opens Up About (Not) Coming Out And Why She Thinks Some Actors Are Still Closeted

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 8:32 AM

“I didn’t have a coming out moment,” Jane Lynch said matter-of-factly when I spoke with her. The openly lesbian actress had her big career breakthrough at the age of 50, in her role as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in “Glee,” for which she won an Emmy Award and a Golden...

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Why 'Gay Marriage' Is Dead but the Battle Just Became Much Bigger

(82) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:47 PM

"Gay marriage," as a term, is dead, and we should all stop using it. Ditto for "same-sex marriage." As of Friday, June 26, with the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a right for all Americans and there aren't two different kinds. Generations...

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The Radio Call-In That Had Everyone Crying on the Day of the Supreme Court's Marriage Decision

(17) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:11 PM

It was of course a milestone for the LGBT equality movement when the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a constitutional right for gays and lesbians. But for many it meant much more than rights. It was personal, about their relationships, their families and even their...

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Why Larry Kramer's Galvinizing Message About LGBT Activism Is The Same As It's Always Been

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:21 PM

“I still have that anger and I would still like to galvanize everyone, but it doesn’t appear that we’re galvanize-able as a population,” AIDS activist, author and playwright Larry Kramer said, discussing why LGBT activism is so necessary at a time in which he fears complacency has set in. That...

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John Waters Says He Never Actually Came Out As Gay Because Nobody Asked

(15) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:54 PM

You simply can’t get more queer than John Waters, director of "Pink Flamingos," "Polyester," "Serial Mom" and "Hairspray," and a man who made an international movie star of the late drag queen Divine, and launched the cult comeback of the formerly closeted Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter.

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Laverne Cox: Men Dating Trans Women Are Probably 'Stigmatized More Than Trans Women'

(62) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:36 AM

Actress Laverne Cox has been a forceful advocate for transgender women. She wants the world to know, however, that “gender policing” hurts everyone, and, in particular, men who date transgender women feel its effects in an intensely harsh way. And, she says, these men need someone high-profile among them to...

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Why Indiana Wasn't a Turning Point on LGBT Rights -- and Why You Should Be Mad About It

(240) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Back in March, when Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and the state's Republican-controlled legislature retreated under pressure on a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), many heralded the Indiana "moment" as a "turning point" in the battle for full LGBT rights. Big business would now lead...

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Why Hillary Clinton Must Back a LGBT Full Civil Rights Law for Her Own Sake

(137) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), running for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, wants to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include gay and transgender people, assuring a federal law that would ban discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and all spheres of American life, with no...

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Mary Gonzalez, First Openly Pansexual Legislator, Explains How She Is Changing Minds In Texas

(455) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:14 AM

As the state legislative session comes to a close in Texas, Democrats have impressively managed to beat back the bulk of over 20 anti-gay bills conservative Republicans had created in committees in an effort to blunt a Supreme Court ruling this month that could bring marriage equality to the entire...

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