We mentioned that KERA will be airing the documentary A Surprise in Texas about the Van Cliburn piano competition named for Fort Worth’s own acclaimed gay pianist this Wednesday. But the channel brings a little more gay to their September programming. They listed the following two specials as part of their September music programs.

Clay Aiken: Tried and True Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m.

American Idol star Clay Aiken hosts and performs with Linda Eder and Ruben Studdard in this PBS special from his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Tune in for tickets to Aiken’s March 1, 2011 concert at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

Live from the Artists Den – Ani DiFranco Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 p.m.

Songstress Ani DiFranco performs fan favorites and new songs from her recording Red Letter Year from the stage of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Even if it was unintentional, bravo to KERA for some diverse programming (you should see the other stuff). Yeah, Clay Aiken is a punchline at times but he’s always carried himself as a class act. I can appreciate that. Plus, I like the scoop on his show at Verizon next year. DiFranco has been a bit more fluid about her sexual identity, but she still holds a strong lesbian following. I’ve seen clips of this show and it’s worth a look.