June: LGBT Pride Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, KLRU is broadcasting a lineup of special programs exploring the culture of the gay, lesbian, and transgendered community.

Independent Lens: We Were Here – Monday, June 9 at 10:00 pm
Some people forget about the AIDS plague of the 1980s. San Francisco was dramatically impacted, and the city became a war zone. Friends and family members were struck down in their prime by a mostly mysterious illness for which there was no cure. But the community — hippies, drag queens, lesbians, moms and dads, doctors and nurses — came together when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care, and compassion.

Day It Snowed in Miami – Tuesday, June 10 at 10:00 pm
On January 18, 1977, a group of conservatives packed Miami-Dade County’s commission chambers to protest the potential passage of the original gay rights ordinance. This program traces the political activism behind the equal rights ordinance on Miami Beach and then in Miami-Dade County.  It also chronicles the tragic effects of the AIDS pandemic in South Florida, and the ironic, compassionate turn in public opinion towards the gay community.

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die – Monday, June 16 at 10:00 pm
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.  Robinson is a man whose two primary passions are in direct conflict:  his love for God and for his partner Mark.  Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. He becomes the focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.

Independent Lens: The New Black – Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00 pm
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

LGBT Pride Month special programming

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring LGBT history.

In the Life  “Becoming Me”
screening Tuesday, June 5th, Windsor Park Branch Library 7 pm. Get more details
airs Tuesday, June 12th at 10:30 pm

Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood. Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.

The Grove
airs Wednesday, June 13th at 9 pm

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. And the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. But few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. THE GROVE chronicles this garden’s transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. But as the Grove’s stakeholders seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

Independent Lens “We Were Here”
airs Thursday, June 14th at 9 pm

Independent Lens premieres “We Were Here.” When AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, the city became a war zone.  But the community came together when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care and compassion, becoming an inspiration around the country. “We Were Here” focuses on five individuals — all of whom lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic and who include caregivers, activists, researchers, friends and lovers of the afflicted and people with AIDS themselves.  The film reveals their tireless fight and is a testament to the capacity of people working together to rise to an unthinkable occasion.

Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
airs Tuesday, June 26th at 10 pm

“Stonewall Uprising” explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.