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Gay rights documentary airing on WPSU World

A documentary film showing on WPSU World this week charts an early political battle over gay rights.

Gays in 1977 Miami sought approval of a controversial Human Rights Ordinance, which guaranteed they would not be discriminated because of their “affectional or sexual preference.” Opposing the ordinance was a group of conservatives led by nationally known singer Anita Bryant, the state’s orange juice pitchwoman who lived in Miami Beach.

“The Day It Snowed In Miami” was produced by Miami Herald Media and WPBT2, South Florida’s PBS affiliate. The Miami Herald is a sister media property with the Centre Daily Times in the McClatchy chain.

The film’s title comes from a weather phenomenon: the morning after the ordinance was approved — Jan. 19, 1977 — Miamians woke up to snowflakes for the first and so far only time.

The film can be seen at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and noon Sunday on Comcast digital channel 241.

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