Me on PBS!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Yes, I know there is nothing more pathetic than staying home on a summer Friday night and watching PBS, but if you happen to have been hobbled recently, please check me out tonight.

WGVU, the west Michigan PBS station, will air the critically-acclaimed documentary, Anyone & Everyone, tonight, Friday, June 6, at 10 p.m. This is a special two-hour presentation that takes a look at diverse families across the U.S. and the ways that they deal with having a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities and political leanings.

During the program, Michigan residents will also share their own coming out experiences ... which is where I come in. I was asked to tape a segment that will run throughout the documentary detailing my coming out experience. In essence, I walked into the PBS studio, was seated in a stripper's chair and asked to ramble for 10 minutes ... so I recounted my life growing up gay in the Ozarks, which was detailed in my first memoir, AMERICA'S BOY. I didn't expect to be impacted so much by the experience, but, sitting in silence, relaying my life and family and our struggles, still resonates with me to this day, even decades later. And I think it will with you, too.

The documentary and my segment is being aired during WGVU's pledge drive, and my book, AMERICA'S BOY, will be given as a thank-you gift to donors.

I plan to add the video to my web site (waderouse.com) at some point in the future.

So, if you happen to be hobbled and living in Michigan, enjoy. If not, go have a Cosmo ... and watch it later on my web site.

XO,
Wade

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