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Me and Socarides

January 22nd, 2012 1 comment

I know it should be “Socarides and I,” but the post title is catchier. Anyway, I will be on NPR’s Radio Times tomorrow at 10 am. (Here’s the link; you can listen then, or later via podcast. On radio it’s 90.9 WHYY in Philadelphia. I think it’s also on satellite radio but I don’t know the time.) We’re discussing DOMA, Prop 8, Obama and marriage equality, maybe civil unions (I hope).

Richard Socarides, if you don’t know, was a high-level Clinton advisor and is currently a hugely important figure in struggle for LGBT legal equality. What you’re even less likely to know is that his father, Charles Socarides, was an infamous homophobe who for years fought back (unsuccessfully) against the decision by the American Psychiatric Association to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder. I’m guessing there were some interesting dinner conversations….(or maybe not!)

My Radio Times Debate with Stacey Sobel

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Just a quick heads-up about my upcoming appearance on NPR‘s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. I’ll be on this coming Wednesday, June 24.  The show broadcasts here in Philly at 10-12 am (I’m in the first hour) and several times during the day on Sirius Satellite Radio (schedule here). You can also listen to any time at whyy.org.

My friend Stacey Sobel and I will be debating the Obama Administration’s progress on LGBT issues. Stacey is the immediate past Executive Director of Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, and I was on the Board of Directors during her tenure. Now she’s a sought-after lobbyist here in Pennsylvania, as she prepares to start a career in legal academia in the Fall.

It appears that Stacey is somewhat more patient than I am with Obama; as a lobbyist, she’s understands the sausage factory better than most. But I don’t want to reduce what promises to be a great discussion to a sound bite (and not a very good one, at that). Listen and join the conversation — Radio Times takes callers.