This week Joe and I are at the Haas Jr. Foundation LGBT writer, journalist and blogger summit in San Francisco California, however we wanted to share a few special interviews this week while we're away.
This weekend we will be speaking with leaders around the nation about LGBT youth and family issues--and our interviews will help accent some of these conversations. First I speak with Kelly Huegel, the author of GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens--just now releasing its second edition--about the challenges faced by LGBT youth in schools, as well as the victories achieved by young queer kids. Then D. Gregory Smith interviews Michael Contorno about the struggle of LGBT youth in coming out, and his inspirational moment meeting his hero, Greg Louganis on the Oprah show as a kid.
We also have two extended interviews. First Noemi Masliah and Lavi Soloway - founders of Immigration Equality and top immigration lawyers for same-sex binational couples - talk about their new project: Stop the Deportations--the DOMA Project. Finally, Greg Smith is back with Jamee Greer, lobbyist and community organizer for the Montana Human Rights Network, and Mike Wessler, Research Director for the Montana Democratic Party about rural politics, anti-discrimination, LGBT rights, equality and the importance of Montana in the national political landscape.
Listen after the jump.