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LGBT Pride Month: Special Programs Airing This June

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. This June on Wisconsin Public Television, enjoy programs including:

Independent Lens “The New Black”
9 p.m. Monday, June 1
See how the African American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. This program documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage.

Independent Lens “We Were Here”
10:30 p.m. Friday, June 5
Both inspiring and devastating, David Weissman’s film revisits the arrival in San Francisco of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed, offering a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through the onset of AIDS while opening a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years.

Facing Fear
5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14
This 30-minute documentary shows what happens when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and a gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance after 25 years.

Independent Lens “Limited Partnership”
9 p.m. Monday, June 15 
In 1975, when American Richard married Australian native Tony in one of the first same sex marriages performed in the U.S., they found themselves on the front lines in the battle for legal immigration status for same sex spouses.

POV “Out in the Night”
9 p.m. Monday, June 22 
Examine the uphill battle of a group of African American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.
Preview

Out and Proud in Chicago
11 p.m. Wednesday, June 24
Hosted by actress Jane Lynch, “Out & Proud” charts the history of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the 19th century to the present.

A Look Ahead with WPT's Director of Programming

I normally don’t write about specific theme months in our program schedule, but this June I’m particularly pleased with the strong lineup of new and repeat shows that we have for LGBT Pride Month. I’m pleased because not only are all of these shows good, but also I love being able to demonstrate Wisconsin Public Television’s ongoing commitment to diversity. As you read this you may be thinking to yourself that programs about gay and lesbian history may not appeal to you or have personal resonance, but I can assure you that there is some universality in every one of the following shows. Take my word for it.

Independent Lens “We Were Here”
In the early 1980’s men in San Francisco started getting sick and dying of what was then called the “Gay Plague.” Men and women in that community immediately began to recognize a tragic pattern, and by banding together became soldiers on the frontline of the impending HIV/AIDS epidemic. In this documentary we are introduced to riveting and moving personal stories of people who experienced the epidemic and its horrible consequences in real time. None of these people want to be called heroes, but in watching this film I couldn’t help but think that their actions, compassion and presence in the ailing community was nothing less than heroic. I could go on to write a more profound description, but I’ll defer to the words of filmmaker David Weissman:

I wouldn’t presume to say it better myself.
Independent Lens “We Were Here” premiers 8 p.m. Friday, June 15.

The entire month is peppered with great shows for LGBT Pride Month. I encourage you to check out a few or all of the following titles airing on Wisconsin Public Television in June:

Anyone and Everyone

In the Life
9 p.m. Monday, June 4

(Repeats 6/9 at 12:30 a.m.)

Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial
9:30 p.m. Monday, June 4

Out and Proud in Chicago
11 p.m. Friday, June 8

Fatherhood Dreams

Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
11 p.m. Friday, June 15

Anyone and Everyone
11:30 p.m. Friday, June 22

Fatherhood Dreams
11:30 p.m. Friday, June 29