On Tuesday we told you that Austin’s PBS station, KLRU, had no plans to air Out in America, a major new documentary about the American LGBT experience that reportedly will be shown by 80 percent of affiliates nationwide during Pride month. KLRU’s decision not to air the program raised the ire of LGBT advocates and led to a petition calling for the station to reconsider. Meghan Stabler, a board member for the Human Rights Campaign who lives in Round Rock and first raised the issue, reports today on Facebook that KLRU has now agreed to air Out In America:
Some good news. Last night I attended KLRU Austin’s airing of ‘Two Spirits’. This was a showing ahead of the on-air date of the documentary and whilst there I had the chance to meet with a number of KLRU executives regarding ‘OUT in America’. The conversations were cordial and I detailed the new documentary and its importance in sharing the personal stories.
Following those conversations I received the following email regarding OUT in America:
Wanted to formally introduce myself via email. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with you last night at the Community Cinema screening of Two Spirits.
I wanted to let you know that I emailed several of my colleagues last night asking them to reconsider airing Out in America this month. I am happy to tell you that we are going to change our schedule and air the program this Sunday. I am still waiting for the time/tune-in information. But wanted to let you know.
Will email again when I have the times.
Thanks again for watching KLRU and being such an engaged viewer!
Sr. VP – Community Engagement
Stabler later said that Out in America is now scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Sunday on KLRU. The documentary aired on Dallas’ PBS station, KERA, on Monday night. It will re-air at 3 a.m. Sunday on KERA.