This Way Out: Program #1,244

Published: January 30, 2012

(hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
Novelist Michael Cunningham discusses creativity "By Nightfall";
The Euro-Parliament gets "Bothered" about LGBT rights, Australia lifts
its roadblock to overseas marriages, Ecuador cracks down on "cure"
clinics, a trans-woman takes office in Bogota, U.S. marriage equality
advances in Washington, Maryland and Maine, and more global news;
plus a profile of trailblazing British gay advocate Edward Carpenter.

– In "NewsWrap": 184 Members of the European Parliament take the "Be Bothered Pledge" to advance LGBT rights in the EU… Australia’s government removes the roadblock to its gay and lesbian citizens’ legal marriages overseas… Ecuador’s new "out" lesbian Health Minister Carina Vance Mafla vows to shut down so-called "cure" clinics that promise its tortured "patients" salvation from homosexuality through prayer… Bogota, Colombia Mayor Gustavo Petro’s appointment of Tatiana Pinero as the Director of Corporate Management in the city’s Social Integration Department makes her the capital’s first transgender public official… Washington appears poised to become the seventh U.S. state to offer marriage equality to its lesbian and gay citizens, while Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley introduces a bill to open civil marriage to his state’s same-gender couples, and LGBT activists in Maine announce that they have submitted far more than the required number of signatures to put a marriage equality measure back on the state ballot… and more LGBT news from around the world (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by TANYA KANE-PARRY and JOHN TORRES).

– "WALT WHITMAN, THE INSPIRATION" profiles his gay English admirer EDWARD CARPENTER in a "RAINBOW MINUTE" (produced by JUDD PROCTOR & BRIAN BURNS at WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia and read by MIKE HINERMAN).

– Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM was in Los Angeles recently to discuss his latest work, "BY NIGHTFALL", which our STEVE PRIDE calls "a daring, expansive novel that demonstrates why we love reading Michael Cunningham stories — because he knows how to tell stories that are powerful and beautiful, self-deprecating and compelling."  Steve chats with Michael about his life and work as a writer (with a reading from the "By Nightfall" audio-book by HUGH DANCY, and outro music from "I Could Write A Book" performed by HARRY CONNICK, JR.).

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