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Connections: State of Equality in 2015


Surgeon and possible presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson recently said that prison proves "being gay is a choice," because "people go into prison straight, and they come out gay." He had to walk those remarks back, but he maintains that the science is murky on whether homosexuality is a choice, and says it's a "sinful lifestyle." So our panel will look at his remarks, the science, and the state of equality in 2015:

  • Angela Clark-Taylor, Program Manager from the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. She is also an instructor at the Warner School of Education and is currently teaching a course called “LGBT Issues in Education and Human Development”.
  • John Cullen, Coordinator for Outreach for the University’s Anthony Center.  He is the chair of Pride Alliance at the University and an LGBT activist.
  • Scott Fearing, executive director of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley


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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.