OUT in America

A new PBS special explores gay life from the city to the heartland

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Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, country star Chely Wright and humorist Kate Clinton are all featured in a new special to be broadcast on PBS June 8 (8 p.m.). The one-hour special OUT in America – directed by Emmy winner Andrew Goldberg – spotlights famous and ordinary LGBT folks around the country, discussing what it means to be gay in both the heartland and big cities like New York and San Francisco.

“The first of its kind, OUT in America is a more realistic portrait of LGBT life than almost anything seen on TV before,” says Goldberg, who has also recently produced Jerusalem: Center of the World. “So often, media coverage of LGBT life in America is polarizing or exploitative of controversy and homophobia, or alternatively LGBT individuals are presented as caricatures of a stereotype. OUT in America however focuses on empowerment, diversity and relationships.”

The LGBT people featured in the special weaves together diverse stories about everything from first crushes and coming out to self-discovery, community and pride in time for Gay Pride month.

In addition to some of the star power featured in the film, other folks are also included – like Puerto Rico’s first openly gay political candidate, a transgender police officer, a Muslim lesbian, a gay rancher, a queer prom organizer, West Point grad, drag queens, a great-grandmother and a biracial couple who have been together for almost 50 years.

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