West Hollywood has earned a Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards nomination for its WeHoTV Channel PSA “Linus and the Meaning of Pride.”
The 60-second PSA, which was produced in June 2017, parodies a scene from the 1965 Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Instead of sharing the origin of Christmas, Linus recounts the origin of Pride month and its ties to the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York City. He continues on to explain how the riots sparked the Gay Liberation Movement which eventually led to today’s fight for LGBT rights.
“The LGBT community had stepped out of the shadows and into the light and avowed never to return to the darkness again,” Linus says.
West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran praised the PSA saying, “Those of us who have led the hard-fought battles for LGBT equality for decades have witnessed, first-hand, the wins of our activism and advocacy. In 2017, as communities across the nation began organizing in resistance to the regressive and dangerous policies of the Trump Administration, we saw a new generation of activists who were not familiar with some of the events in our LGBT history. This PSA shares the story of Stonewall and how those demonstrations formed the basis of annual Pride events each year around the world. It’s important that we continue sharing stories from our LGBT history to inform and ignite the passions of young people who are standing up in resistance to hate, fear, and intolerance.”
The 70th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards takes place on July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy in the NoHo Arts District.