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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Modern Fight For Gay Rights

Monday, April 06, 2015

Much has changed for gay people since Michelangelo Signorile published 'Queer in America' over 20 years ago, but he argues that homophobia is still a fact of American life.

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The Takeaway

Battling For Civil Rights in Indiana and Arkansas

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is backtracking on the state's religious freedom law. Now, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson must decide whether to sign a similar bill in his state.

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The Takeaway

Alabama High Court Halts Same-Sex Marriages

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court insists they have the power to “interpret the United States Constitution independently from, and even contrary to, federal courts."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Being Gay in Major League Baseball

Monday, November 10, 2014

Billy Bean, former outfielder, and now Major League Baseball's first "Ambassador for Inclusion," discusses his new memoir and working with teams to train against homophobia.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Daisy Hernández Story

Monday, September 29, 2014

Daisy Hernández tells her story of growing up as a first-generation American and a queer feminist Latina.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gays Will March in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Parade organizers announced yesterday that a gay group will march in this year's St. Patrick's day parade.Why this decision, this year?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Changing America: Fighting For Marriage Equality and Designing Iconic Buildings

Friday, August 29, 2014

David Boies and Ted Olson fight for marriage equality. Swoosie Kurtz on her life in show business. And James Stewart Polshek on his imprint on architecture.

The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Friday, August 29, 2014

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How George Takei Conquered Facebook

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The actor talks about his breakout role as Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," his activism, becoming a social media phenomenon, the new documentary about his life - "To Be Takei," directed by Jennifer Kroot.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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The Takeaway

New Doc Explores LGBT Love & The Law

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Legal battles aren't often the stuff of compelling cinema, but a new documentary taking a close-up look at the fight to strike down California's Proposition 8 is a drama about love and the definition of partnership. Ben Cotner and Ryan White produced and directed "The Case Against 8."

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WNYC News

Gay Rights Activist and Stonewall Rebel Dies at 93

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DeLarverie, who worked as a bouncer at several gay nightclubs, punched an undercover police officer at Stonewall after being called a gay slur.

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The Takeaway

When Gay Discrimination Was Government Policy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Unearthed memos reveal that for years the government would "lean over backwards" to fire gay staffers, who inspired "revulsion."

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The Takeaway

The Confused Legacy of Westboro's Fred Phelps

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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The Takeaway

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Shrinking U.S. Military | Going Greek: An Inside Look at Fraternities | Ukraine's Troubled Economy Remains Uncertain in Political Upheaval | How Will Congress Respond to Reducing Troop Numbers? | Uganda's Anti-Gay Rights Bill Threatens U.S.-Uganda Relations | Real People / Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club' and the AIDS ...

The Takeaway

Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Facing a losing battle in the United States, evangelical advocates are seizing the opportunity to spread their mission abroad in countries like Belize, Nigeria and Russia, where receptive audiences are latching on to anti-gay sentiments. Political correspondent Alex Seitz-Wald reported on the efforts to undo gay rights overseas in a new piece out in the National Journal. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the strategy for appealing to anti-LGBT audiences abroad.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Indians Fight Back Against Ban on Gay Sex

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sabelo Narasimhan, a queer trans Desi organizer and photographer, and Gardiner Harris, New York Times South Asia correspondent, discuss the ruling by the high court in India which re-criminalizes homosexuality and what they are trying to do to fight it.

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WQXR Blog

Valery Gergiev Responds to Gay Rights Protests

Thursday, November 07, 2013

After remaining largely silent to protests, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev issued a statement on Wednesday seeking to clarify his views on his country's controversial anti-gay laws.

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WQXR Blog

Gay Rights Protesters Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hundred years after Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring sparked a riot at its Paris premiere, another noisy outburst has greeted the iconic piece.

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Micropolis

MICROPOLIS: The Pope Francis Effect

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Even in New York, where issues of faith usually reside on the margins of public life, the Pope has people talking. And although much of what he says is viewed through the reductive lens of politics — Is he liberal? Is he conservative? — for many Catholics his words have a deeply personal, emotional impact. 

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