Gay USA: August 7-13, 2012 - Free Speech TV

Our guest this week is Anthony Heilbut, author of “The Fan Who Knew Too Much,” essays that explore homosexuality in gospel music and the white evangelical church, the life of Aretha Franklin, radio soap operas and much, much more. An award-winning writer and record producer, Heilbut is also the author of “The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times,” “Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals in America from the 1930s to the Present,” and “Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature.” John Jeremiah Sullivan said that he finished the book “wondering how, without it, I’d every understood a thing about America in the twentieth century.” You can read more about Anthony Heilbut and his book at www.AnthonyHeilbut.com.

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In the news: The Chick-fil-A controversy continues: Good for the gays? Bad for the gays? More Eagle Scouts return their medals to the Boy Scouts of America protesting its anti-gay policies. The Romney campaign reaffirmed his opposition to the Scouts’ policy. NOTE: After we taped on Tuesday, the group’s honorary president, Barack Obama, who we said had been silent on the issue, issued his own statement opposing the discriminatory policy. The Obama administration confirms it will consider same-sex marriages of binational couples as a factor in deciding whether or not to initiate deportation proceedings, but advocates want written guidelines. The Obama administration also affirms that the Affordable Health Care Act prohibits discrimination against people of transgender experience. Gore Vidal has died at 86. The Human Rights Campaign tells you where members of Congress stand on same-sex marriage. Check out the searchable database at http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/where-do-your-members-of-congress-stand-on-marriage-equality. Are you gay? The eyes have it. Vietnam sees its first LGBT Pride Parade in Hanoi – a joyous parade of rainbow balloon festooned bicycles and motorcyles. Police bust up an LGBT pride celebration in Uganda, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honors Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha. Admiral James Watkins, who led President Reagan’s AIDS Commission in 1987, has died. James Earl Jones is still the best man in Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” whose cast has been joined by Cybill Shepard, John Stamos and Elizabeth Ashley.

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