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WTIU Presents LGBT Specials

Programs about the San Francisco AIDS crisis, a 40-year fight for marriage equality, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and more.

Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner Mark

President Obama has proclaimed the month of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. WTIU presents the following special programs throughout June.

Independent Lens: The New Black
Monday, June 1 at 10pm

The New Black looks at how the African American community is debating the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines attitudes toward homosexuality in the black community’s institutional pillar, the black church. The film travels from New York to California to Maryland to document the multiple players in this debate—in the pews, the streets, and at kitchen tables—to learn how the African American community is grappling with these divisive issues.

Independent Lens: We Were Here
Sunday, June 7 at 11pm

When AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, the city became a war zone. Friends and family members were struck down in their prime by a mysterious illness for which there was no cure. But the community—hippies, drag queens, lesbians, mothers and fathers, doctors and nurses—came together when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care, and compassion. We Were Here documents what was called the “Gay Plague.” It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic, as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed.

Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda
Monday, June 8 at 10pm

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa,” where American missionaries have been credited with creating schools and hospitals, but also blamed for promoting dangerous religious bigotry. For many American evangelicals, Uganda is fertile territory to spread their interpretation of the Bible. But their proselytizing may have more nefarious results than they realize, as the missionaries’ teachings about homosexuality becomes part of a culture of intolerance and hatred towards Uganda’s LGBT community.

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die
Sunday, June 14 at 11pm

Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality and the Episcopal Church collide in Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Robinson’s two primary passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Robinson is the first openly gay priest to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. His consecration by the Episcopal Church in 2003, to which he wore a bulletproof vest, caused an international stir. He is a focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.

Independent Lens: Limited Partnership
Monday, June 15 at 10pm

In 1975, decades before the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Filipino-American Richard Adams married Australian native Tony Sullivan—and they found themselves on the front lines in the battle for legal immigration status for same sex spouses. This poignant film chronicles their 40-year love story, filled with health issues, money woes, humor, and a fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Waiting Room: Transgender People and Health Care
Sunday, June 21 at 11pm
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Witness moving stories of transgender people facing discrimination, sexual abuse, and even death in health care settings. This WTIU-produced documentary is narrated by Indiana University’s Dr. Kand McQueen and includes guidelines for promoting respectful interactions and improving the health care experience for transgender people.

Beyond Boundaries
Sunday, June 21 at 11:30pm
People who don’t conform to heteronormative expectations of society face unique challenges in their lives. These challenges are compounded if they move to a new country and have to start life alone in an unfamiliar territory. Beyond Boundaries takes a close look into the lives of immigrants in the United States who have diverse sexualities, focusing on the immigrants’ challenges, triumphs, and dreams. The film’s producer-director is Betsy Jose, an immigrant from India who is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Beyond Boundaries has been screened at 2012 Big Ten Counseling Conference in Bloomington and at festivals both within and outside the U.S. It has received several nominations including Best Gay/Lesbian Film at the Great Lakes International Film Festival 2010; Best Documentary Short at the 2010 Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in Mumbai, India; and Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.

POV: Out in the Night
Monday, June 22 at 10pm

In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four maintained their innocence. Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the roles that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in our criminal justice system

The Campaign
Sunday, June 28 at 11:00pm

The Campaign follows ordinary people caught in the political firestorm of the campaign to defeat California’s Proposition 8 and to defend same-sex marriage. With exclusive access to the statewide headquarters of “No On 8,” the film follows five activists through emotional battles to protect their families, their rights, and their dignity. The activists learn that growing social acceptance does not always translate into votes, but that participating in the political process transforms them, whether they win or lose. The film reaches beyond the issues to explore themes of mixed emotions of family relationships, self-empowerment through activism, and the struggle in deciding how much of oneself to sacrifice for a cause. From the activists’ initial confidence that Proposition 8 will be defeated, through their frustrating experiences of unfavorable polling numbers, to their defeat on election night and the turmoil beyond, The Campaign is a heartbreaking, inspiring drama of lives in the balance.

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