SIRIUS XM Radio to Receive Special Recognition GLAAD Award for 'The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard'
NEW YORK, Jan 28, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Special documentary aired on OutQ(R), the exclusive channel devoted to the GLBT community, set to debut on XM Radio
NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that OutQ, the nation's first and only 24/7 radio channel dedicated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community, was honored with a special recognition award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard.
The two-hour documentary aired originally on October 10th, 2008 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death. Conceived and produced by Romaine Patterson, a friend of Matthew Shepard and co-host of the Derek & Romaine show on OutQ, The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard examines the impact the award-winning play-turned-film The Laramie Project has had on attitudes towards hate crimes with interviews from playwright Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Company. The special also features an introduction by legendary journalist and SIRIUS XM host Barbara Walters and is narrated by critically-acclaimed actress Stockard Channing.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A.; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.
"We are honored to be recognized by GLAAD and want to congratulate everyone involved in this production for their incomparable work," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS XM Radio's President and Chief Content Officer. "SIRIUS XM Radio is proud to make unique, in-depth and diverse programming and channels produced by exceptional talents available to all corners of the country."
OutQ, which launched nearly six years ago on SIRIUS and will become available to XM subscribers on XM channel 98 as of Monday February 2nd, has been a trailblazer in GLBT media. The channel, which airs on SIRIUS channel 109, offers exclusive groundbreaking coverage of social and political issues as well as music and entertainment programming, all of which is produced by and for the GLBT community.
OutQ's news division has provided unparalleled coverage of issues ranging from marriage equality to developments in HIV/AIDS to employment non-discrimination issues. Activist, journalist and author Michelangelo Signorile's afternoon show has been on the leading edge of breaking and influencing the news of the day and social reform. In the morning, veteran Billboard editor and pop culture commentator Larry Flick has brought listeners a blend of music and conversation with interviews from iconic performers which have included Madonna, Bette Midler, and Cyndi Lauper. Former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart funnyman Frank DeCaro provides "pop culture hilarity" in middays with interviews with major stars from stage, screen, Broadway, and more. The Derek & Romaine show in the evenings provides a wild, witty blend of free-form chat with celebrities and everyday folks.
The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard will re-air on OutQ, SIRIUS channel 109 and XM channel 98, on Friday, February 6 at 8PM ET.
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