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06.01.2021

Welcome, June! You bring two celebrations that are very important to us – Gay Pride and Juneteenth. Both represent struggles for equality, civil rights and simple acceptance that should have been immediately granted, but for far too long were not, and in some places, still have not.

At PBS12, both observances have great significance to us personally, and both have shaped the programming service we provide to Colorado. Since 1989, we’ve focused our priorities on communities that were marginalized within media and ignored, or worse, in our own neighborhoods. The viewers and members who have supported PBS12 for over 40 years in our resolve, have made our role possible, and together with you, we still stand strong.

We galvanized with new resolve in 1998, a year that saw the vicious murders of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming and James Byrd, Jr., in Texas. Those events were so horrific that we could hardly breathe as we scheduled the programs that audiences needed to see. But then 2020 saw the murders of George Floyd and an increase in violent crime against our neighbors who identify as LBGTQ. We refuse to turn the light out on these stories because we believe that as a people, we are capable of greater enlightenment and the diminishment of any one of us hurts us all.

As a community and as a nation, we’ve come a certain distance, so let’s finish the work we’ve started by doing more than just not being racist or not being homophobic. Let us intentionally champion each other, because every one of us has a story to contribute to our collective tapestry and future generations need the best of our moral fiber to build from. Among June’s special programs feature events that are difficult to be reminded of, yet there is hope as communities become outraged enough to rise up against ignorance and hatred:

  • Thursday, June 17th at 7pm: Becoming Johanna
    After struggling to fit into a gender assigned at birth, a 16-year-old transgender Latina transitions with the support of a foster family and a school principal who helps her to thrive.
  • Thursday, June 17th at 7:30pm: Murder in Montrose: The Paul Broussard Legacy
    The murder of a young gay man provides a much-delayed wake-up call to the harassment and violence against those within the LGBTQ community. This crime resulted in hate crime legislation and helped change the conversation among private citizens, within the church, and at the legislative level
  • Sunday, June 27th at 8pm: Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class
    Discriminatory policies and attitudes still make it difficult for Black Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. We have more to learn about what is stopping too many from realizing the American dream.

And to uplift us:

  • Sunday, June 27th at 9pm: The Grace Project
    PBS12 partners with GRACE, a non-profit organization fighting to save the endangered gorillas in the Congo. This premiere episode with our partners connects us all to the multi-disciplinary approach toward saving animals, natural habitat, and the place environmentalists call the Earth’s Second Lung.

Thank you for watching and supporting PBS12 for over 40 years; together, we can make all boats rise.

Sincerely,

Kim Johnson
President & General Manager