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|KQED Public Broadcasting Celebrates
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month in June|
More Than Fifty LGBT-Related Television and Radio Programs to Air
Four Local Heroes to Receive Accolades in Awards Ceremony on June 16
San Francisco, California, June 1, 2005 -- This June, KQED Public Broadcasting proudly celebrates the culture, history, and political and artistic expressions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender experience in the United States. This month-long commemoration includes special programming and an event honoring four outstanding local leaders who have given their time, creativity, and passion to the LGBT community.
The special evening of recognition, hosted by KQED Public Broadcasting and Kaiser Permanente, takes place on Thursday, June 16 at the KQED Broadcasting Center from 6 to 8:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. The four honorees have been chosen based upon their commitment and contributions to their local communities and the Bay Area community at large.
The 2005 LGBT honorees are: Dr. Jack Collins (City College of San Francisco), Madeleine Lim (Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project), Camille Maran (San Francisco LGBT Community Center), Pat Norman (The Institute for Community Health Outreach).
KQED will feature over 50 television and radio programs that focus on LGBT themes and issues throughout the month of June. Highlights include:
Program listings and descriptions for June can be found in the KQED Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month Guide, which also lists Bay Area resources pertaining to the LGBT community. Look online at www.kqed.org/pride. For more information on digital channels and schedules, please check www.kqed.org/dtv.
- Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde The wit of Oscar Wilde is celebrated with guests Martin Sheen, Liam Neeson, Frank McCourt, Harvey Fierstein, Bono, and Lee Grant.
Airs Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 p.m. on KQED Public Television 9.
- Marry Me This is a record of the personal stories, emotion, and love that came together in San Francisco for 23 amazing days in 2004 when gay couples were allowed to legally wed.
Airs Sunday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. on KQED Public Television 9.
- Bright Lights/Out City: An Under the Pink Carpet Special This special explores New York City as an incubator of and world center for lesbian and gay creativity.
Airs Wednesday, June 15 at 11:00 p.m. on KQED Public Television 9. Also airs on KQED Encore; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories
Screaming Queens This local documentary tells the little-known story of a 1966 uprising by transgender people at a popular all-night hangout in San Francisco's Tenderloin.
Airs Sunday, June 19 at 6:00pm on KQED Public Television 9; repeats Thursday, June 23, at 11:00pm and Saturday, June 25 at 3:00am. Also airs on KQED World; visit www.kqed.org/dtv for details.
- Out on the Streets This program features stories of queer kids abandoned by their parents to the streets. Dmae Roberts profiles the life of Miracle, a young black lesbian living on the streets of Portland, OR and her bumpy road to recovery. Then David Gilmore introduces us to Kevyn, a counselor to HIV-positive homeless gay men in Phoenix, AZ.
Airs Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 pm and Thursday, June 30 at 2:00am on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and KQEI 89.3 FM in Sacramento.
Kaiser Permanente, founded in 1945, is a non-profit integrated health care organization, with physicians, nurses and staff working in collaboration to provide high quality care to patients and address the health care needs of communities served by the organization. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region serves almost 3.2 million members. It includes 5,000 physicians in The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) and about 54,000 employees. The region has 19 major medical centers. Each year, Kaiser Permanente donates more than $300 million to a variety of community programs and agencies in Northern California.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.