Human Rights Campaign and XM Satellite Radio Debut 'The Agenda' on Monday, July 17

by HRC Staff

'The Agenda with Joe Solmonese' Mixes Politics, Entertainment and Cultural News in a Weekly Conversation that Discusses Issues Important to GLBT Americans

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign and XM Satellite Radio will premiere a new, live, weekly talk show, "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese," on Monday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Eastern) on XM Live (Channel 200), with additional encore broadcasts airing throughout the week on other channels.

"The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" will feature a broad variety of topics and guests, from the young campaign volunteer on a hotly contested federal campaign, to celebrity performers, to newsmakers of the day. The premiere show will feature interviews with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., one of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community's strongest allies in the Senate and leader on civil rights for decades, as well as Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland, who has very personal reflections of the Stonewall riot, which many believe started the modern-day GLBT rights movement.

Solmonese and co-host Mary Breslauer will also look at Logo TV and its one-year anniversary, dive into gay wedding preparations with planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli and take a look at the current state of marriage equality in America, with Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, who successfully argued the case which led to marriage equality in Massachusetts, and Michael Mitchell, who heads the marriage project for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The cornerstone of each show will be the listener call-ins, including an "Open Mic" segment when people will be invited to call in on any topic or concern. Additionally, music will be a key, ongoing feature, with the XM musical experts and jocks providing both suggestions and current commentary.

"The Agenda" is also about hearing what people throughout America think. Listeners can call 1-877-9 AGENDA (243632).

Complete show details as well as high-resolution photos are available at and

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that GLBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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