KCET Celebrates LGBT Pride Month with Special Nightly Programming



Los Angeles, CA -May 12, 2011- KCET, the nation's largest independent public media company serving Southern and Central California, presents special nightly programming in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Month in June.

Starting on June 7, KCET gives viewers the chance to explore the LGBT community in depth, from following the day-to-day lives of homosexual dads to examining the struggles and discriminations gay adolescents face in the justice system.

"These programs reflect the issues that impact the LGBT community, among them the push for equality, as well as the immeasurable contributions of members of the LGBT community," says Bohdan Zachary, KCET's Vice President, Broadcasting & Program Development.


Programs included in the lineup:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial - 10:30 p.m. In 1982, a San Francisco athletic group tries to hold a "Gay Olympics," instigating what will ultimately become a battle at the U.S. Supreme Court and a challenge over the place of gays and lesbians in American Society.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square - 9 p.m.What does it mean to be a gay senior citizen trying to survive on limited resources in America? The new American Public Television-distributed special A PLACE TO LIVE: THE STORY OF TRIANGLE SQUARE explores this issue by chronicling the development and construction of Triangle Square Hollywood in Hollywood, California -the country's first affordable housing facility for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) seniors.

Sunday, June 12, 2011Out & Proud In Chicago - 10:30 p.m. OUT & PROUD charts the history of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the 19th century to the present. From coming-out experiences and supporting anti-discrimination laws to founding Chicago's earliest gay-rights organization and defying the federal government's indifference towards people with AIDS.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Georgie Girl - 10 p.m.GEORGIE GIRL tells the story of Georgina Byer, the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament. Byer was an MP for the Labour Party in New Zealand from November 27, 1999 to February 14, 2007.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011Fatherhood Dreams - 9 p.m. FATHERHOOD DREAMS is a poignant and revealing look at the day-to-day lives of gay dads. Their private journey through fatherhood forces them to deal with much larger issues that affect gay fathers, including the legal aspects of surrogacy (from a Canadian point of view), the complexity of "open adoption," and the controversy over recognition of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and multi-parent families.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011Out In The Silence - 10 p.m. OUT IN THE SILENCE follows the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper. This gripping documentary illustrates the challenges of being an outsider in a conservative rural community and the change that is possible when courageous people break the silence and search from common ground.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011Anyone and Everyone - 9 p.m.ANYONE AND EVERYONE tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread -a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary by first-time filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz (also the parent of a gay son) depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities and political leanings.

Saturdays, June 4, 11, 25, 2011In The Life - MidnightA disproportionate number of LGBT youth who go through the juvenile justice system end up encountering discrimination and abuse. IN THE LIFE features the stories of young people who share their journeys of going through ill equipped correctional institutions and the voices of advocates who are fighting for change. Among the issues addressed is the one of conventionality and the consequences youth face for not conforming to gender "appropriate" dress and behavior in their homes and schools. Produced by In the Life Media, IN THE LIFE is the longest running television show documenting the gay experience. About KCETOn-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


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