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.