Signorile is noted for his various books and articles on gay and lesbian politics, and is an outspoken supporter of gay rights. Signorile's seminal 1993 book Queer in America explored the negative effects of the LGBT closet, and provided one of the first intellectual justifications for the practice of outing public officials, influencing the debate and treatment of the issue among journalists from that point on. Signorile has argued in favor of outing from a journalistic perspective, calling for the "equalization" of reporting on homosexual public figures and heterosexual public figures. He has argued that the homosexuality of public figures—and only public figures—should be reported on when relevant, and only when relevant. In 1992 Newsweek listed him as one of America's "100 Cultural Elite," and he is included in the 2002 book, The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present, which begins with Socrates at number 1 and ends with Signorile at number 100.
Michelangelo Signorile (born December 19, 1960) is a gay American writer, a national talk radio host whose program is aired each weekday across the United States and Canada. He is a political liberal, and covers a wide variety of political and cultural issues. On November 22, 2011 Signorile was named Editor-at-Large for the Gay Voices vertical of The Huffington Post. On July 19, 2013 he married film historian David Gerstner in New York City. He announced it on Twitter the same day.
Signorile has been an editor-at-large and columnist for The Advocate, and a columnist for Out magazine. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on many American television news programs, including Larry King Live, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. His magazine articles, newspaper columns and website, which "offers his always-intriguing take on the state of gay rights and other political and cultural topics", champion the cause of gay rights. In particular, Signorile has advocated that gay Americans come out, and has talked about the deleterious effects of the closet both on the closeted individual and on society as a whole. Signorile has been a long-time champion of the right to same-sex marriage.
Currently, Signorile hosts a radio program, The Michelangelo Signorile Show, which can be heard exclusively on Sirius XM Radio's OutQ channel (SiriusXM 108) —each weekday 2–6 ET. The show airs on satellite radio across North America and is streamed worldwide on the Internet and to the Android, BlackBerry, and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) handheld devices to over 20.5 million Sirius XM subscribers. Signorile interviews politicians, activists, journalists, authors and other public figures, analyzes news and cultural events, and takes calls from listeners from coast-to-coast. Often, Signorile brings on those who are on America's right-wing or are opponents of gay rights, with whom he engages in energetic debates. He is also Editor-at-Large for The Huffington Post Gay Voices where he blogs opinion pieces and interviews public figures.
In August 2011, Signorile was inducted in the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association LGBT Journalist Hall of Fame.
In November 2012, Signorile was included in the Out magazine annual Out 100.
Michelangelo Signorile was typical of the young people who were drawn to activism for the first time by the new organization, ACT UP; before he attended his first ACT UP meeting, the former theatrical press agent turned freelance writer had never entered the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in Greenwich Village. Signorile was mesmerized by the Monday-night scene inside the former New York City public school on 13th Street, where the weekly meeting of 450 was facilitated by "the extremely handsome" David Robinson, who wore a dress; and Maria Maggenti, a "beautiful lesbian with long blond hair". Signorile reported, "Crying and yelling were almost rituals, and he was "exhilarated".
It was also a great place to pick up a date.
Signorile joined the media committee, which was meeting in Vito Russo's apartment, and started reading books by Larry Kramer, Martin Duberman, and other gay writers. "It was time to wake everyone else up too", he decided. The sidewalks of Manhattan were quickly covered with the organization's stenciled slogan, "Silence = Death". --The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
Hitting Hard: Michelangelo Signorile on George W. Bush, Mary Cheney, Gay Marriage, Tom Cruise, the Christian Right and ... by Michelangelo Signorile
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Basic Books (August 16, 2005)
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For over two decades, Michelangelo Signorile has been among the most outspoken and controversial critics of American politics and culture. As a gay activist and journalist, he earned acclaim as the father of the "outing" phenomenon. Today, he remains one of the most widely read and talked about gay muckrakers. In Hitting Hard (Signorile's first new book since his national bestseller, Outing Yourself), the author tackles the most heated topics of debate among gay people and the political left.
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