Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM Radio Show on OutQ 109 is on every weekday from 2pm to 6pm.
I don't know how he does it every day for years, but now he is taking a week of well-deserved vacation. He asked me to guest host on Tuesday.
I'm honored, of course, and not at all a nervous wreck.
Some other kind of wreck, but I'm not sure how to categorize it exactly. What do you call it when you wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming that you're late to host a radio show and that there's nothing but dead air for 20 minutes?
Anyway, I'm on tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm. Of course, ENDA is going to be a major component of the show, but also other major national political issues affecting the LGBT community, and interviews from some fascinating guests. The lineup, and some news about ENDA after the jump.
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I'll discuss some breaking news, give some background on major issues of the day, take some calls, and do some interviews. Please call in with your thoughts during the show.
Here's the lineup:
2:00 pm: How is President Obama's relationship with the LGBT community going? Where do we go from here? Interview with theologian and activist Rev. Irene Monroe, who's known for a focus on social justice for a sector of society that is frequently invisible.
3:00 pm Will the midterm elections in November change the political complexion of Congress for LGBT and progressive issues? Interview with long-time journalist and wire service correspondent Brody Levesque, whose intimate knowledge of the Washington scene is resonant and often peppered with fascinating personal stories.
4:00 pm What's the path to victory in the Senate on ENDA? Interview with Democratic National Committee Member Babs Casbar Siperstein, a long-time political activist who knows everyone that's anyone in politics.
5:00 pm What does the appointment of openly lesbian law professor Chai Feldblum to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mean for the LGBT community? Interview with Senior Political Writer Chris Geidner of DC's Metroweekly, also well-known for his popular blog Law Dork. His triple-threat background in law, politics and journalism gives his commentary unparalleled depth.
ENDA has come back like a Phoenix bursting from the ashes, but when exactly the first step in the process, the legislative "markup," at which amendments will be offered, will be scheduled is unclear. The website to watch is here: http://edlabor.house.gov/markups/
Of course, I will liveblog the event.
As noted in my post on Saturday, according to the Advocate, a source with knowledge of the process said a whip count would take place first, which takes a few days, and then the floor vote was likely to be scheduled first, at which point the committee vote would then be coordinated to precede it by about a week.
Some of us, chomping at the bit and impatient, are wondering whether this is more smoke and mirrors. However, I think it's the real deal. They're trying to get their ducks in a row to make sure this goes off as smoothly as possible, and we'll know soon enough if they're serious.
Assuming that's true, the key is the Senate now, ENDA frenemies are lining up to bleat constantly about how we can't pass the Senate, the Senate doesn't have 60 votes, the Senate is tricky, the Senate will be a problem, blah, blah, blah.
Yes, if we sit on our thumbs, the Senate will be a huge problem. As I detailed in Saturday's post, we need a diverse strategy, the most important component of which is to focus on The Nine.