A national PBS special, "OUT in America," has its public-television premiere Wednesday evening but not in Utah. Local PBS affiliates KUED and KBYU are among several nationally that have not scheduled the one-hour program.
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is urging viewers in those areas to call their local stations if they would like it to air "OUT in America." In Austin, Tex., advocates launched a petition drive to get KLRU to show the film, and the station has now scheduled it to run Sunday.
KUED spokeswoman Mary Dickson said "OUT in America" was offered to affiliates as an optional program to air during pledge drives, but the station is not having a "full-blown" drive in June like others are. Last month, KUED ran "Stonewall Uprising," a documentary about the gay-rights movement, and on June 14 the station will air "Two Spirits," a film about the hate-driven murder of a transgender teen. The station also produced its own documentary, "Outside," about homeless LGBT youths in Salt Lake City.