Gay USA: August 30-Sept. 5, 2011

Our guest this week is Michael Musto, Village Voice columnist, humorist, and gossip who is out with his wonderful collection of essays, "Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back" (Vantage Point), dedicated to "everyone who is still speaking to me." Michael dishes with us about reality shows, Broadway, closeted celebrities, the continued allure of New York, the death of nightlife, and his early years as the only Italian only-child in Brooklyn. You can read him in the Village Voice in "La Dulce Musto" and online where he serves up "La Daily Must.o" Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President, joins the crowd and signs an anti-gay marriage pledge. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, will step down in March. A search is underway for a successor. Federal government vigorously prosecuting Dan Choi for White House protest v. DADT. An anti-gay politician in Puerto Rico resigns after being caught peddling his flesh to men on Grindr. Gay man takes over Apple Computers: Is he the most powerful gay man in America? Iranian journalist sentenced to four years and 80 lashes for interviewing gay people. Brave Reggae singer Mista Majah P makes pro-gay album and gets death threats. Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley are set to compete on "Dancing with the Stars."

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