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May 18, 2011

George Hazimanolis


PITTSBURGH – WQED will air four gripping documentaries with an LGBT theme in June to celebrate Gay Pride Month. WQED will also host a Pride event at the WQED studios in June as part of Pride Week.

Documentaries in June:

Out in the Silence – Thursday, June 2 at 8pm on WQED-TV
Out in the Silence follows the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper. It captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his home town of Oil City, Pennsylvania.

Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it.

Out in the Silence will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities.

Independent Lens "Two Spirits" – Tuesday, June 14 at 10pm on WQED-TV
Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. This film explores the life and death of a boy, who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.

WQED will host a free public screening of Two Spirits as part of its Community Cinema series on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm in the Hillman Conference Center at WQED. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field. The public is invited to come and participate in this forum. For a full schedule of screenings, additional film resources, or to make reservations, visit www.wqed.org/education.

City of Borders –Friday, June 24 at 10pm on WQED-TV
In the heart of Jerusalem, people of all nationalities, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations gather and find peace in an unlikely place: a gay bar.

Why Us? Left Behind and Dying - Thursday, June 23 at 8pm on WQED-TV
Inner-city African-American teenagers from Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh investigate the reasons why HIV rates are disproportionately high in many black communities. They conduct personal interviews with HIV-infected people in their neighborhood, AIDS activists, public health experts, and research scientists from all over the world. They discuss their own beliefs and sexual practices, and narrate the film.

This documentary film is the product of a five-year research project funded by the Science Education Partnership Award Program of the National Institutes of Health.

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. 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. 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; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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George Hazimanolis
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