XM Radio subscribers have been missing out on the fantastic LGBT programming available to Sirius subscribers—until now. The newly merged Sirius XM line-up includes OutQ, which can be found on Sirius 109 and XM 98.
Among my favorite programs on the queer satellite service is Derek and Romaine, which airs at 6pm ET. Co-host Romaine Patterson — a former GLAAD staffer — conceived and produced the two-hour radio documentary The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard, which GLAAD is honoring with a Special Recognition Award at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.
The special rebroadcasts this Friday at 8pm ET on OutQ.
The doc originally aired on October 10, 2008 to commemorate the 10-year memorial of Matthew Shepard's death. Romaine was a friend of Shepard's and in the special examines the impact the award-winning play-turned-film The Laramie Project has had on attitudes towards hate crimes, featuring interviews with Moises Kaufman and members of the 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.