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40th Anniversary of Stonewall will be Recognized by KBDI-Channel 12

DENVER – June 16, 2009 – In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots – when gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York clashed with police in what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movements – KBDI-Channel 12 will air three programs on Sunday, June 28.

 The three features include In the Life, Only in the Castro with Trevor Hailey, and Out and Proud in Chicago, starting at 7 p.m.

A special episode of In the Life at 7 p.m. will feature reflections and firsthand accounts from activists and explore the history of the movement from a variety of angles, including the proliferation of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) social justice organizations and the cost of coming out young.

In the Life is the only national public television program documenting the people and issues shaping the gay experience.  The show first premiered in 1992, before popular shows such as “Ellen,” “Will and Grace,” or “Logo,” hit the airwaves.  The hour-long special will feature the likes of Cleve Jones, Lady Bunny, Larry Kramer, Phyllis Lyon, and Torie Osborn.   

Only in the Castro with Trevor Hailey at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. will pay homage to tour guide and San Francisco personality Trevor Hailey, whose 15-year vocation was to take visitors through the historic locations of the world’s most celebrated gay neighborhood.  Hailey even takes audiences to the storefront Harvey Milk, slain gay rights activist and politician, once used and gained recent national attention due to the success of the Oscar-winning film “MILK.”

At 8:30 p.m. Out and Proud in Chicago will provide historical perspective for the city’s LGBT community, profiling the famous and the unsung who chose paths of activism.  Spanning the city’s history, it tells the story of a community through historical records, personal writings, and recollection.  Jim Flint (activist and owner of Baton Show Lounge), Valerie Taylor (Lesbian author and activist), Lesbian couple Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap (authors of publication The Little Review), and many more individuals are profiled in this in-depth portrayal of a community’s growth and change.  
A full schedule of air times for all of the programs can be found at www.KBDI.org.


About KBDI
KBDI has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. KBDI "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. KBDI delivers three digital channels: its flagship KBDI broadcast station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming (DT-12.1); The Documentary Channel, featuring the works of independent filmmakers (DT-12.2); and MHz Worldview, a channel providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (DT-12.3).


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