In June, HoustonPBS proudly celebrates the diversity of our community with a special programming lineup focused on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes and issues.
Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. on 8.1
What would you do if you found out that your child is gay? Having lost the opportunity to come out to her own mother, an Indian lesbian filmmaker, now living in the US, travels across India to meet with parents of other gay and lesbian South Asians. I Am is a personal and revealing film that journeys to a country where being gay was until very recently a criminal and punishable offence. With daring determination and humor, parents in India share untold stories of their gay and lesbian children that have thus far remained in the realm of secrecy and silence. The story and characters might be local, but it reflects a challenge that is facing a global community. It is a film about a contemporary and relevant social justice issue that questions assumptions and brings new international dialogue around sexuality and human rights.
In the Life: Orgullo Latino
Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00 p.m. on 8.1
Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the country. With growing political strength, buying power and cultural influence, Latinos are changing the landscape of the nation and forging a new American reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Latinos are no exception. In the Life explores the complexity of the Latino experience in the United States with a look at gay and lesbian Latinos who are stepping up to create change, shatter stereotypes and become leaders within their communities.
Anyone and Everyone
Thursday, June 20 at 2 a.m. on 8.1
Anyone and Everyone tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread — a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary by first-time filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz (also the parent of a gay son) depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities and political leanings. During the film, parents of homosexual teens and young adults eloquently recall their initial reactions to their child's coming-out and their sometimes difficult journeys to acceptance.
In the Life: Words Do Matter
Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 p.m. on 8.1
Homophobic slurs and anti-gay hate speech are commonplace among many of the professional athletes who are role models for young people. In the Life examines pervasive homophobia in the world of sports and speaks with professional athletes who are standing up to put an end to it. Then, transgender advocates Isis King and Janet Mock discuss trans identity, vocabulary and how the media usually gets it wrong.