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June 11, 2013


George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano


WQED-TV will broadcast a collection of narratives and documentaries from June 20 through June 30 in honor of Gay & Lesbian Pride Month. Each program reflects unique and inspiring stories concerning self-discovery, coming out and triumph over adversity across contemporary America.

Thursday, June 20

Independent Lens “Love Free Or Die” at 10 p.m.

Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire where his love for God and his partner caused an international upheaval. Robinson becomes the focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equivalent to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.

Friday, June 21

I Am at 10 p.m.

What would you do if you found out your child is gay? An Indian lesbian filmmaker travels to India to meet with parents of other homosexual South Asians in order to capture a different angle of gay and lesbian perceptions. I Am is a personal and revealing film that ventures to a country where being gay was until very recently a criminal offense. With daring determination and humor in this innovation, parents in India share untold stories about their gay children contributing to a challenge, which is currently facing a large global community. It is a film embracing a modern social justice issue that raises questions regarding sexual orientation and human rights.

Sunday, June 30

Inlaws and Outlaws at 1 p.m.

The award-winning documentary captures true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, to publicize what we have in common: love. While social rankings and judgments often divide the importance of the topic, the film solely focuses on experiences of everyday storytellers ranging from ages 4 to 80. Filmmaker, Drew Emery carries the collected stories to the present in an engaging companion to the feature entitled, Just Marriage: From Outlaws to Inlaws, which covers the affects of same-sex marriage political debates on the lives of Inlaws and Outlaws’ subjects.

Stonewall Uprising:American Experience at 3 p.m.

“Stonewall Uprising” depicts the dramatic event where being homosexual in America was formerly illegal and classified as a mental illness. During the 20th century, gays from around the US fled to New York in search of a sanctuary where many found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar: the Stonewall Inn. Aggressive police forces raided Stonewall in 1969, but gay men and women fought back, causing an eruption of protests, demonstrations and collective anger that eventually began the gay rights movement.

Independent Lens “We Were There” at 4:30 p.m.

When AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980’s, the city became a war zone as family and friends were torn apart from the mysterious illness for which there was no cure. The community came together when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built a system of love, care and compassion. Their fight is proof that people can work together to rise to an unthinkable occasion.

The Grove at 6 p.m.

More Americans died of AIDS than in all US wars since 1900 where over 22 million people were killed from the pandemic worldwide. In order to remember the victims, the National AIDS Memorial was constructed in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Grove chronicles how a community in crisis found healing while debating over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS virus. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of traumatic loss?

City of Borders at 10:30 p.m.

In the heart of Jerusalem, people of all nationalities, religion, and sexual orientations gather and find peace in an unlikely place: a gay bar.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).


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Key Contacts

George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
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Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate


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