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The Brian Lehrer Show

Putting it Out There

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

President Obama is back in campaign mode, mobilizing supporters in order to gain the upper hand in negotiations. Plus: attempts to legislate gay "conversion" therapy; and what a new study tells us about why we get bored.

The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Marriage and Other Gay Rights

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The issues at play for gay voters, and the role of gay rights in the election at large. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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That's My Issue: Gay Rights

Friday, August 24, 2012

It was the Gay Rights Movement in San Francisco - in the mid-seventies - that really imprinted me. It was so powerfully visual; you would see the change from yone year to the next. In the late sixies and early 1970s, one was aware of homosexuals, of course - but ...

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The Takeaway

Vito: The Activist and the Film

Thursday, July 19, 2012

When he was a young man in the 1960s, Vito Russo wasn’t that different from a lot of young gay men in America, but there was one difference: While many gay Americans still lived in the closet, Vito was out, proud, and loud. The new documentary "Vito" takes a closer look at his life.

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The Takeaway

Gay and Republican: Are They Compatible?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Democratic Party has long curried the favor of gay voters, and President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage has helped solidify Democrats as the gay rights party. On the other side, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opposed even civil unions. Due to the stark ideological contrast, has being gay become fundamentally incompatible with being Republican? In an interview with John Hockenberry, openly gay U.S. spokesman Richard Grenell says it is not.

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The Takeaway

Former NFL Player Wade Davis: I Didn't Think I Had the Support to Come Out

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's no secret that coming out is tough. No one can ever really gauge just how someone will react beforehand, no matter how close to you they may be. Now imagine that you're making millions of dollars in an industry that relies heavily on it's super macho image. This may seem like an unrealistic scenario, but for retired NFL player Wade Davis, this was an all too familiar reality.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Gay Revolution

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Supreme Court lawyer Linda Hirshman tells the story of the gay rights movement, detailing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America. Her book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution recounts the long roads that led to recent victories—from the start of modern struggle for gay rights at Stonewall in 1969 to states legalizing gay marriage, the armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Author Linda Hirshman on "Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution"

Monday, June 04, 2012

Gay rights have come a long way in America. From the Stonewall uprising in 60s Greenwich Village — where gay patrons refused to leave a bar raided by police — to Obama's historic declaration supporting same sex marriage last month, gay causes have moved from the underground to the front page. Attorney, pundit and author Linda Hirshman discusses this and more in her new book "Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution."

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The Takeaway

Will Dharun Ravi's Sentence Fit the Crime?

Monday, May 21, 2012

The case of Tyler Clementi became national news when the Rutgers University freshman jumped off the George Washington Bridge in September, 2010. Clementi had recently told his family he was gay. Last March, a New Jersey jury convicted Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, after Ravi spied on Tyler kissing another man. Today, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman will announce Ravi's sentence, and many are concerned that he might face a punishment that doesn’t fit the crime. Marc Pourier, law professor at Seton Hall University, is particularly concerned that Ravi will face an unfair sentence. 

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The Takeaway

Is the Gay Rights Movement Akin to the Civil Rights Movement?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In a landmark moment for the gay rights movement in America, President Barack Obama announced, for the first time, his support of gay marriage. This comes years after Obama’s views on the issue have "evolved." In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Obama told Robin Roberts, "I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Many gay rights leaders have long compared their fight to the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. But do the two compare?

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The Takeaway

John Irving on New England, Sexuality, and 'In One Person'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In 1978, author John Irving rocketed to stardom with a sweeping, complex novel called "The World According to Garp." It featured several characters unfamiliar to most Americans, including Roberta Muldoon, the former Philadelphia Eagles tight-end living as a transsexual. Irving often grapples with bisexuality and non-heterosexual relationships in his novels. His new novel "In One Person" details the story of Bill Abbott, a bisexual boy growing up in the Irving-esque small New England town of First Sister, Vermont.

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The Takeaway

Mixed Political Impact of President's Supports of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday, could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news. The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."

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Does Obama Support Gay Marriage?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The issue of gay marriage is back in the national spotlight after two high-level members of President Obama’s administration — Vice president Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan — voiced their support for the issue this week. Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, considers the week's happenings and President Obama's vague stance on same-sex marriage. 

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California's Ban on Gay Marriage Struck Down

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court panel ruled that Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage which passed into law in 2008, was unconstitutional. This is the first time an appellate court has said there is any kind of constitutional right to marry. But this ruling is still being considered "cautious" by legal experts: Proposition 8 supporters can appeal to the entire 9th circuit, or ask the Supreme Court to take up their case.

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Obama, Clinton Call on World to End LGBT Discrimination

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

In a possibly historic move, the Obama administration announced its dedication to promoting LGBT rights around the world. In a memorandum from the president, and a speech from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the administration equated LGBT rights with human right, vowing to spend $3 million to finance LGBT rights organizations. "In reality, gay people are born into — and belong to — every society in the world," Clinton said to an audience of representatives of 47 nations, who gave her a standing ovation. (Watch the speech after the jump.)

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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, November 17, 2011

WNYC

An important exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum examines gay identity, street photography gets its due at Laurence Miller, a contemporary artist showcases geometric wood abstractions and a renowned fine food purveyor displays works by video artists. There's lots going down in the city in the coming week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Gay Bar

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The gay bar has long been at the center of the social, and even political, lives of gays and lesbians. June Thomas, Slate’s foreign editor, talks about the gay bar’s history; its many incarnations and whether it remains relevant in today’s society. Her six part series for Slate is called The Gay Bar: Its Riotous Past and Uncertain Future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama and Gay Marriage

Friday, June 24, 2011

President Obama held an LGBT fundraiser last night, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, discusses the President’s approach to the issue.

LGBT listeners: What do you think? Is this President a strong enough advocate for gay rights and gay marriage? Let us know!

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Pride Draws Hundreds of Thousands to New York City

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Many New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender couples are reveling in the fact that soon they won't have to drive to Connecticut, Massachusetts or Vermont to get hitched. Friday night's news is perfect timing for the weekend's Pride celebrations, which mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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DOMA Done?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

WNYC

The nation has shifted very quickly and I think Obama understands that, and when he talks about his own struggle with these issues, and how he's evolving on these issues in the same way the nation is, I think that's what he's getting at.

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.

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