NEWS AND ISSUES

Host-to-Host: Pete Dominick interviews Michelangelo Signorile

December 19, 2013

Michelangelo Signorile has got a flaw. A flaw that’s apparently only obvious to fellow SiriusXM host, Pete Dominick. According to the Indie host, Signorile is way too modest for his own good.

Signorile’s humility was just one of the many things the two hosts discussed when the SiriusXM Progress host visited the SiriusXM Indie host for a special edition of the Stand Up! show. During the exclusive host-to-host interview, Dominick explained that despite Signorile being one of the main civil rights leaders of our time (on the forefront of tackling LGBT issues), currently serving as the editor-at-large for Huffington Post Gay Voices and a slew of other impressive accomplishments, he doesn’t really act like the hero he is.

Further proving his modesty, Signorile insisted that he can’t take credit for the progress this country has made over the years. To Signorile, it’s the average citizen who stands up to discrimination that does most of the work in the name of equality. “To me those are the people doing all the work… I’m just connecting them all here [on his show],” Signorile said.

The recently married Signorile — with his partner of more than 18 years — explained that despite LGBT issues being “mainstream” now there is still a ways to go regarding such simple things as the right to marry; and those rights that come with marriage. It wasn’t until recently that gay couples were able to receive some of the same benefits from marriage as any straight couple would. “We still don’t have any federal rights in this country,” Signorile said.

What are some top issues that Signorile is passionate about? Gun violence, abortion rights and immigration are just some of the topics you’ll hear him discussing on the Michelangelo Signorile Show. In so many ways, Signorile believes that these issues intertwine and ultimately cause the “old divides” that were always present in this country. He sees the gun control issue in particular to be a volatile subject, one that impacts many other civil rights issues.

“The way that issue connects so many of the other issues: race, sexual orientation and women’s issues as well,” Signorile said.

During the host one-on-one, Dominick took a few listener calls with questions for Signorile. The SiriusXM Progress host admitted that despite American society being more open-minded politically, he does not see a progression away from the standard political labels in the near future.

“We see an ebb and flow. People realign and they go back, but unfortunately we have this two-party system,” Signorile said. “I don’t think we’re going to break that any time soon.”

Even though a two-party system is prevalent, Signorile does believe that citizens of different ideologies — noting the progressives and libertarians — need to come together and basically hold hands to take hold of certain civil rights issues. “When you’re talking about issues and civil rights, you absolutely have to think pragmatically and cannot toe a party line, you have to make those coalitions,” Signorile said.

What’s Signorile’s prediction for the future of American politics? A little bit of the same old.

“I think we’re going to see, going into 2016… all of what we’ve heard from the Republicans that are going to tone down on these issues, that’s just a bunch of garbage,” Signorile said.

This year Indie Radio’s Pete Dominick interviewed various SiriusXM hosts for an exclusive series on Stand Up! With Pete Dominick. To listen in on more host-to-host interviews check out the below playlist. And stay tuned here for even more exclusive host chats.