Gay USA 3/16/16

Guest: James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, on the challenge of anti-LGBT laws that are passing in state legislatures in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, North Carolina, and more. We’ll talk about how we are beating back similar laws in other states and how they can be challenged in the courts if they are implemented. James was a key member of the legal teams that won both same-sex marriage decisions at the US Supreme Court. You can learn more about his work at the news this week with Ann and Andy (taped 3-16-16)Hillary Clinton praises the record of Ronald and Nancy Reagan on AIDS and a firestorm ensues, putting AIDS issues into the campaign.President Obama nominates Judge Merrick Garland, a 63-year old moderate, for the US Supreme Court.The new White House LGBT liaison is an out transgender Jewish woman of color.Kokomo passes its LGBT rights bill.The Vatican censured a gay-themed film, giving it a big boost at the box office in Italy.The Tony-winning Broadway show FUN HOME is set to hit the road this fall. To see the schedule, go to www.funhomebroadway.comXena the Warrior Princess is set to come back as an OUT lesbian.PROGRAMMING ALERT FOR FREE SPEECH VIEWERS: FSTV is in pledge mode through March 27. During that time, GAY USA will premiere on Saturdays at 7:00 PM Eastern Time and repeat Sundays at 7:00 am & 7:00 PM Eastern. Normal programming resumes on March 28. No other GAY USA outlets are affected.GAY USA online: A reminder that whenever you have a problem catching GAY USA on TV, we are always available as an audio podcast and online video. The links are at www.gayusatv.orgCultureChris Cooper’s Movie Reviews are online here.

Andy’s NY theatre picks: FUN HOME at the Circle in the Square; THE KING AND I at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Palace: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at the Ethel Barrymore; ON YOUR FEET! at the Marquis; A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at the Lyceum; BURIED CHILD at the Signature; A ROOM OF MY OWN at the Abingdon Theatre Co.; RED SPEEDO at the New York Theatre Workshop

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