On The Michelangelo Signorile Show

Last week’s blog posts have drawn a lot of attention from a lot of people. Many people came across of it from Rachel Maddow on Twitter, this post on AMERICAblog Gay and Andy Towle via this entry on his blog, Towleroad. The story was sent to Michelangelo Signorile and he asked me to appear on his show on Tuesday.

You can download or listen to a recording of the interview here (via Dropbox, right-click to download).

Author: Matthew

U.S. Marine Corps officer living in North Carolina. The views expressed here are my own, and are in no way intended to represent the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense or any of its components.

10 thoughts on “On The Michelangelo Signorile Show”

  1. WOW !!!!!! That was one coooool interview. I’m glad you were able to capture it, cuz there I was buzzing around town in a blue Yaris, waiting for the big interview. But all I kept getting was “Derrick & Romaine”, until I realized I was six hours late getting to the “gate”. When I got the notice of your last post, it was already past 1600 – on the “Left Coast”. I thought: ‘I got a three hour start on this’. Ummmm, DUH!!! Actually a three hour lag – it was past 1900 back “East”.

    I think that, although everyone acts like it’s not a “big deal”, it really IS. For me, it’s like Mt. St. Helens building up tremendous pressure to blow out another side of her (it’s a little over 30 miles from me, as the “crow flies”). We have fought for this moment for a long time, and we must continue the vigilance to keep it. I’m still wondering how Obama got this through (???).

    “BZ”………… “FOGGY”…………

  2. Hey bud. Definitely enjoyed reading your 4 part-er and hearing this interview. Came across your blog via a Huffington Post link and glad I checking in that day. Geez the anxiety of just a “big” date is bad enough let alone blowing out all the boundaries of an institution by being the 1st male/male couple at a “formal dance at work” (understatement) took balls bud. Awesome ! Good on you two! I can honestly say if I was the civilian partner (date) in that (your) pair I might just have declined the offer because of the pressure and unknown coming at me.

    I tried enlisting in … any of the services to escape the small town in NY I grew up in. Career or earning college $$ I figured. I am dyslexic (but high IQ) and was given a “NO WAY” by all the branches when I was a Jr./Sr. in High School. Of course they would take illiterate guys and teach them to read but ya cant fix a brain interpretation issue (I guess). I accepted the fact i was gay in the 4th grade so I figured I’d get my ass kicked out anyways since gays and the services didn’t mix then (High School senior 1979).

    Ended up getting a Ph.D. which I never dreamed I could actually pull off so I landed on my feet and am not complaining at all.

    Be well, take care, all the best wishes for you. Kev

  3. Great to hear the voice behind the story finally. I’m sure I’ll be hearing more of that voice in the future – you’re now a spokesperson, and I know you’ll continue with the same level of eloquence you’ve maintained thus far. Keep up the good work!

  4. Great interview..grinned at the gaydar part..because being non gay (and even with a sister who is) I never had one…but once I found out my buddies were a gay couple and hanging out with them so much…I think I’ve got a gaydar installed! Now I can spot a gay!! (either that or it could be the effect of him saying that he feels all men are gay anyways..hahahaha) I’m also thinking that what you are doing is definitely a brave and wonderful thing 🙂 Good on you Mr. Matthew Phelps! Blessings and light to you.

  5. great to hear your voice that wrote that amazing story, while im not military my stepdad is retired airforce and was scared stiff about coming out to him and im surprised at how supportive he has been(he found out when I was 15 by accident and im 24 now) also i have to say that picture of you and your date was pretty damn stunning hope to hear from you more in interviews

  6. Thank you for sharing with all of us on your journey. It is so important to get the word out. And, thank you for weeding out the negative comments! Keep up the good work!

  7. Great interview, glad to to be able to listen to it.
    Not bringing a part of you to work, and then on Sept 20th the whole Matthew showing up, that really got to me. Moved me very much. I wish you would write a bit more about that, as well as the very everyday things that happen. And perhaps those that don’t that you thought would. Or could have.
    I would be very happy to hear about how things are generally, if anything has changed over time or is changing, about interaction with people, if they are getting more relaxed or perhaps more uptight as time goes, just what the little things are really. I know it doesn’t very important or note-worthy but I really think that it’s those little details that move people and allow us an insight we wouldn’t otherwise have.
    Thank you for all you’ve written so far and all your participation in interviews etc. Thank you.

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