The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Here at KLRU, we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month 2016 with a lineup of special programs honoring the legacy of LGBT individuals.
POV “Out in the Night” – Monday, June 6 at 9 pm
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with a gang assault and attempted murder. The media quickly dubbed them as a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. This film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the road that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.
Arts In Context “Somos Krudas” – Monday June 6 at 10 pm.
Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. The duo, consisting of Odaymara and Olivia Prendes, use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm.
Arvind – Airs Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm and encores on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 pm.
After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old biracial queer in Austin, Texas, revisits old family wounds when he writes and produces a play written from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who portrays his mother on stage deepens, it sets Arvind on a course that will change his perception of his father and shatter his preconceptions of who he thought his mother was.
Vicious – airs Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.
This comedic series tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian Mckellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing and hurling caustic insults at each other.
We also have some great animations from Story Corps.
Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realized.
On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie’s decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott’s trepidation at what the future holds.
Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. At StoryCorps, Bryan talks with his brother Mike about what it was like to reconnect years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay.