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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.

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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

(599) 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

(224) 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

(299) 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'

(61) 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

(136) 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

(457) 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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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Says Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality 'Just The Beginning'

(402) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 11:46 AM

“Our fight for LGBT equality is not nearly over,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stated emphatically in an interview with me last week on SiriusXM Progress. “And I’m hopeful, very hopeful, that the Supreme Court will say it’s unconstitutional to ban gay marriage. But that’s really just the beginning...

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Rep. Cecil Bell Sounds Off On Defying Supreme Court Over Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

(204) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 11:53 AM

“I don’t think any bill is dead as long as there’s session left,” Rep. Cecil Bell (R-Magnolia), a Texas state legislator, told me this week in the corridors of the massive Texas State Capitol, the largest of all the state capitol buildings, the dome of which, not surprisingly,...

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Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade

(311) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 9:19 AM

There's a full-blown emergency playing out in Texas. It's a gay civil rights emergency, and, if left unchecked, a disaster will occur that could affect the future of gay and transgender people there for some time to come. And yet, there's largely been dead silence from business leaders,...

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Why the Boycott Against Ted Cruz's Gay Hosts Is a Watershed Moment

(226) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:49 PM

For almost two weeks a boycott has been in full force against two gay hoteliers, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, who hosted anti-gay U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), now running for the 2016 GOP nomination for the presidency, at their Central Park South apartment. One of them boasted...

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How the Supreme Court Actually Mirrors the American Public on Marriage Equality

(148) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 6:58 AM

Some in the media have portrayed the Supreme Court justices' questions in Tuesday's historic marriage equality oral arguments -- particularly those by conservative justices talking about ancient Greece and the "millennia" -- as completely out of touch. That may be so when it comes to actual...

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