This week marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims worldwide, and the end of “Pride” celebrations by the LGBT community across the country. Edward Wyckoff Williams joins us to talk about his recent report for Al Jazeera America on “Gay and Muslim in America.”
We look at the career and life of Michael Sam, who last weekend became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. The airwaves have been buzzing with controversy over his reaction to the news: a televised kiss between him and his boyfriend. Our panel of guests include: Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs GridIronGals.com andTheNFLChick.com.
We return to our coverage of the Olympics to talk about Russia’s discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Our guest is Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Gessen left her home in Russia to move to the United States with her partner and three children and escape homophobic persecution.
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