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WQED Programming for Gay Pride Month in June
WQED celebrates southwestern Pennsylvania's GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) community during Gay Pride Month with four outstanding and critically-acclaimed programs with very different subject matter.


GLBT-themed OnQ programs also available on WQED On Demand

PITTSBURGH – WQED celebrates southwestern Pennsylvania’s GLBT community during Gay Pride Month with four outstanding and critically-acclaimed programs with very different subject matter. The programs airing in June explore issues from “don’t ask, don’t tell” and a documentary on a violent hate crime in Europe to a whimsical tour of Castro Street in San Francisco.

WQED-TV will air the following GLBT-themed programs in June:

Independent Lens: Ask Not – Tuesday, June 16 at 10pm

As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits––unless you happen to be openly gay. Ask Not explores the tangled political battles that led to the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy.

Only in the Castro with Trevor Hailey – Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30pm

A light-hearted film that follows renown walking tour guide and San Francisco legend Trevor Hailey as she takes visitors on a hilarious half hour romp through the backstreets and back stories of the world's most celebrated gay neighborhood, including a stop at Harvey Milk's real-life camera store location.

In the Life – extended one-hour edition – Friday, June 19 at 10pm

In the Life is the country’s premiere GLBT news program and an essential tool for informing GLBT citizens, educating the broader public, and a vital contributor to the national dialogue on GLBT issues.

This summer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, In the

Life presents Summer of Stonewall - a three-episode mini-series commemorating the 1969 seminal event marking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. Kicking off in June with a special hour-long show, the mini-series will feature stories and firsthand accounts from the activists who have worked in the movement over the last forty years and with the young people inspired by the current political climate.

POV: Beyond Hatred – Tuesday, June 30 at 10pm

In September 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to "do an Arab," when they settled for a gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu fought back fiercely, but he was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. The acclaimed French verité film Beyond Hatred is the story of the crime's aftermath; above all, of the Chenu family's brave and heartrending struggle to seek justice while trying to make sense of such pointless violence and unbearable loss. With remarkable dignity, they fight to transcend hatred and the inevitable desire for revenge.

GLBT episodes on WQED On Demand

Additionally, WQED has produced several GLBT-themed segments for OnQ, its nightly local newsmagazine that are available on WQED on Demand. These segments and more than 1,500 hours of programming can be accessed by clicking on http://www.wqed.org/ondemand/onq.php.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community in Pittsburgh - This special OnQ episode addresses challenges, advances and setbacks faced by the GLBT community in Pittsburgh. It includes a feature report on Persad's Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art annual auction, and a frank, informative panel discussion on gay life in the region.

GLBT Discussion - OnQ host Chris Moore and guests Joy Royes, Gary Van Horn, Betty Hill, and Darrell Philips discuss the current state of life in the Pittsburgh region for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, as well as, the challenges, advances, setbacks they may face.

Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art - A photographer from the North Side who's lived with HIV for 23 years, and a painter from North Oakland who has tested negative - also for 23 years. They are just two of many artists donating work to a cause that helps countless people. OnQ contributor Dave Crawley tells the story of a group called Persad and its art auction that takes place at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

RenaissanceCity Choirs - Renaissance City Choirs is Pittsburgh’s only gay and lesbian choral group with men’s and women’s choirs. Through their love of music, Renaissance City Choirs, strive to enrich the cultural community and provide a positive image of gays and lesbians.

RenaissanceCity Choirs- 20th Anniversary - With the men's choir founded in 1985 and the women's founded in 1995, Renaissance City Choirs are celebrating their 20th anniversary. As Pittsburgh's only gay and lesbian choral group, members seek to empower the GLBT community, add to the cultural community at large, and share their voices.

Church Controversy - The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is threatening to separate from the National Episcopal Church over the consecration of openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The controversy has gripped local episcopalians who've staked their positions, and OnQ's Michael Bartley talks with a local man who's caught in the middle.

HIV/Aids Research: 25 years later - Twenty-five years after the discovery of the HIV virus, progress has been made in basic research, clinical treatment, and public health prevention. OnQ’s Michael Bartley takes a look into the early days of this worldwide epidemic, and at a new therapeutic vaccine that is showing signs as being a potential cure.

National Coming Out Day - Every year on October 11th, it is “National Coming Out Day”. National Coming out Day is a day where gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people, can “come out” to others about their sexuality. October 11th was picked as National Coming Out Day to commemorate the march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights.

The Shepherd Wellness Story -Often those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS lose their jobs, slip into depression, and experience overwhelming life challenges. OnQ's Michael Bartley takes you to a unique Pittsburgh volunteer agency bringing hope and confidence to those affected.

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals - “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945” is an exhibit currently at the American-Jewish Museum in Squirrel Hill that traces the persecution of gay men during World War II. OnQ previews this important traveling project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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