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FRONTLINE; Assault on Gay America


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Assault on Gay America
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Please note that in the following program there is graphic language about sexual activity and graphic descriptions of brutality. Viewer caution is advised. On February 19, 1999, in Sylacauga, Alabama, 39-year-old computer programmer Billy Jack Gaither was murdered -- the victim of a violent hate crime. One of the convicted killers testified he killed Gaither because he was "queer." Why have gays like Gaither and Matthew Shepard become the targets of such brutality? On February 15, nearly one year after the Gaither murder, FRONTLINE correspondent Forrest Sawyer explores the roots of homophobia in America -- as a catalyst for hate crimes and as a phenomenon that permeates our society -- and asks how these attitudes, beliefs, and fears contribute to the recent rise in violence against gays.

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Assault on Gay America,” 02/11/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 29, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2D620BE7592249339CDFAB890B33D9C1.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Assault on Gay America.” 02/11/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 29, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2D620BE7592249339CDFAB890B33D9C1>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Assault on Gay America. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2D620BE7592249339CDFAB890B33D9C1
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