Phil Reese

#SameSexSunday lands secret interview with armed forces' LGBT leader and more

Filed By Phil Reese | August 15, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elizabeth Gilbert, employment discrimination, ENDA, Immigration Reform Gay, legislation, prop 8 appeal, prop 8 decision, prop 8 ruling, Prop. 8, prop8 case, safe schools, Same Sex Sunday, same-sex, stephanie miller, teen suicide

SameSexSunday for August 15th, 2010 features our first pseudonymous iSAME-SEX-SUNDAYweb.jpgnterview from inside the armed forces. We chat with OutServe's co-director, active duty LGBT activist J D Smith. Smith, who can't use his real name to protect himself from discharge, explains how his group is helping the Pentagon plan for life after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and what the future holds for the troop survey.

Charles Robbins, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, calls in to talk about recently out progressive talk show host, Stephanie Miller and protecting LGBT youth. We chat about new Federal safe schools legislation and ask you to jump on the website to weigh in on what we can do to protect students in law as quickly as possible.

Did "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal get bumped by efforts to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed--or is it the other way around. Are there sexy gay bills and not so sexy gay bills? Read about our exciting round table after the jump, and take a listen!

Our LGBT politics round table takes on the Walker decision in Perry V Schwarzenegger and the speculation about the stay of the decision. We also have a great conversation about the Defense of Marriage Act, immigration reform, "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the status of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the gay conservative war, pro-gay right wing pundits and more.

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The conversation became quite interesting when we began to discuss whether or not we can push multiple gay bills simultaneously in the legislature. We want to know what you think on the page!

For the first time, the weekly round table is sponsored by Wells Consulting.

Joining Joe and Phil is Michael Crawford, Jarrod Chlapowski, Andy Szekeres, Dr. Jillian Weiss and guest panelist, same-sex binational couple activist, Judy Rickard from Immigration Equality.

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Until next time, until we are equal--keep up the good fight!

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Another great episode! (But why is the interview a secret if you put it in a podcast for all to hear? That doesn't seem like a very well kept secret! *grins*)