Gay USA: Dec. 20-26, 2011

Andy's out of town, so Chris Cooper joins Ann at the anchor desk. Next week, Andy returns and we'll do our annual end-of-the-year roundtable discussion with our guests Sarah Schulman, Bill Dobbs and Pauline Park. The Republican Presidential candidates continue to get hammered on LGBT issues by regular citizens, who are much better at asking questions than the professional journalists. Bradley Manning finally has his first hearing on charges of leaking thousands of pages of U.S. government secrets. His lawyer makes provocative arguments about Manning's struggles with gender entity, and Lt. Dan Choi is forcibly ejected from the courtroom. The California Secretary of State approves a proposed ballot intiative to repeal Prop. 8, clearing it for signature-gathering. The United Nations issues its first report on violence and discrimination perpetrated on LGBT people worldwide. Congress reinstates a ban on federal funding for syringe exchange. ABC-TV is under attack for its reputedly horrible new cross-dressing sitcom, "Work It," scheduled to premiere in January. Ann & Andy interview Dee Rees, writer-director of the wonderful new independent film "Pariah," about an African-American teenage lesbian's search for identity in Brooklyn. The film opens Dec. 28th in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And we end with a Christmas gift to you--the popular YouTube video of British sailors on the HMS Ocean acting out Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas."  

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