During May and June, the cable industry is paying tribute to the positive influence of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in America by spotlighting compelling, diverse programming.
Through cable’s On Demand service, customers can instantly access a variety of programs to learn about the contributions and struggles of the multifaceted LGBT community. This is part of cable’s Diversity On Demand initiative, promoting the industry’s ongoing support and commitment to multiculturalism.
“Thanks to the cable television industry’s Diversity On Demand initiative, millions of Americans will be able to watch popular stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that both entertain and spotlight the common ground that we all share,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Critics and audiences alike have already applauded many of these titles and now many more LGBT Americans and their families around the country will be able to do the same as part of this year’s Pride celebrations.”
Recognized by Presidential Proclamation, LGBT Pride Month (June) observes the impact that LGBT individuals have had in the world. The cable industry salutes LGBT Month in both May and June with a variety of programming, including:
• Documentaries such as The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a timely and historical look at the legacy of gays and lesbians in the military.
• Musical comedies including the cult classic film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, an American adaptation of the stage musical of the same title about a fictional rock band; and the groundbreaking television series Glee, which spawned a rabid group of fans also known as “Gleeks.” The show follows the diverse students who make up McKinley High’s Glee Club.
• Inspirational biographies such as Milk, a movie based on the true story of Harvey Milk, who dedicated his life to giving hope to a marginalized and vilified LGBT community.
• Stunning and stark dramas, such as Ang Lee’s film Brokeback Mountain, which captures the yearning of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys.
• Award-winning “dramedies” such as The Kids Are All Right, which tells the story of the perfect lesbian family that begins to unravel when it meets the man who made it all possible. And Unconditional Love, which explores the value and limitations of unconditional love and the evils of sexism and homophobia.
• Groundbreaking television series such as Girls, Sex and the City and The Wire.
Viewers wanting to further explore Diversity On Demand programming can visit www.facebook.com/DiversityOnDemand to discover the TV shows and movies offered by their cable providers.