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Sunday, August 07, 2005

BBC2 Documentary "Sad To Be Gay" to finally air

THE BBC2 Documentary, "Sad To Be Gay" IS GOING TO AIR on Tuesday...CHECK HERE FOR MORE INFO

This is the documentary that came through Memphis, following a man from England who was unhappy being gay. The BBC crew went into Love In Action to document this man, David Akinsanya's experience in the program. Word has spread that this was one of the first notices of youth being in the program, when David's experience was being documented, himself, and the crew being alarmed that a 16yo girl was there against her will, and he apprently could not take the experience and left in less than a week. It is unclear how the documentary will portray the situation, however, the program description seems to explain that his experience was "upsetting". It came to our attention that David, and the BBC crew was supposedly alarmed, especially that this 16yo girl was in counseling sessions with adults who were dealing with serious mental health issues, while her experience simply was related to her parents problem...with her liking girls. This documentary has the potential to be very explosive and essential in exposing the problems related to facilities such as Love In Action. Stay tuned for more info.

On a side note, QAC member/filmmaker Morgan Fox, who is currently making his own documentary with QAC about LIA, was actually filmed in this documentary serving "David" coffee at a local coffee house for part of the documentary when the crew was filming a conversation between him and a friend discussing issues related to the program. At that time Morgan had no idea what the doc was about, AND beyond potential speculation, was not/is not involved in their story, but, we must say, isn't it ironic...


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:34 PM  

  • haha, what?

    By Blogger morgan.jon.fox, at 3:17 PM  

  • Please post if you find a way to get a copy.

    By Blogger abbyladybug, at 7:40 PM  

  • Ditto what Abby said. I get BBC America on my DirectTV system, but it's schedule makes it look like it's just a fluff entertainment station, with no serious news programming. Sad To Be Gay is nowhere to be seen on next week's schedule.

    By Anonymous Bruce Garrett, at 8:21 PM  

  • I fear that the only ones who will see it Tuesday will be in the UK. The best the US can hope for is to wait until who knows when for a rebroadcast here or through some form of 'questionable' internet usage.

    By Anonymous mudd, at 9:26 PM  

  • I hope to get a collegue to tape it, I don't have TV at home. I'll write a detailed summary of it, and, if worthwhile, maybe even a transcript.

    QAC, I'll email you guys when I've seen it.

    Willie from Free Z.

    By Blogger Willie Hewes, at 12:00 AM  

  • Hi,

    I couldn't backtrack here and just wanted to let you know I linked to this post here: http://www.dailydoseofqueer.com/?p=396 :)

    ~ Maria

    By Blogger Maria, at 4:00 PM  

  • There's a great article in the Sunday Herald (UK) about LIA and this documentary.


    By Anonymous Alex P., at 9:17 PM  

  • From Ex Gay Watch:

    In advance of the autobiographical program, BBC Radio interviewed Akinsanya and Jason Pollock, director of pride London. Here's a RealAudio broadcast of the interview.

    By Blogger Hopespringseternal, at 3:22 PM  

  • Btw, you all can watch the clips that were talked about on this blog [the CNN LIA coverage] on the front-page of http://www.glaad.org right now...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 PM  

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