Miami University Makes Strides Toward Acceptance of Gay Students

Jun 25, 2013

Students and alumni say that Miami University has created a climate of acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, despite the school’s longstanding conservative reputation and location in a deeply conservative part of the state.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for June 23, 2013 including the following stories:

- Clark County Townships Oppose Recreational Designation for Mad River, by Wayne Baker

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Mike McKinney of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services about recent veterans issues in the news.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, by Community Voices producer Kristen Wicker

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Johnathan McNeal of the Neon Movies in Dayton about the upcoming LGBT Film Festival

- New Ohio Guide: Oak Openings, by Greg Tye

Jonathan McNeal

September 28th through the 30th, the LGBT Film Festival returns to the Neon Movie Theater in downtown Dayton.  In this sneak-peek interview, WYSO Weekend host, Jerry Kenney, talks with Jonathan McNeal, film festival curator, and manager of the Neon, about this year's selections.

This interview will air on WYSO Weekend Sunday, September 23rd.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for August 12, 2012 including the following stories:

-Everything But The House, by Community Voices producer Mark Babb

-New Ohio Guide: Logan, by Sandra Sleight-Brennan

-Jerry speaks with Matt Grimm, co-chair of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, about the work they're doing in local schools to promote tolerance. 

This week Sinclair Community College begins a series of events around The Laramie Project - a play that deals with the brutal 1998 kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.  

Events taking place this week include workshops, readings of the play, and lectures by Greg Pierotti, an associate writer and member of the Tectonic Theater Project.  In the wake of Shepard’s death, the company traveled to Laramie and conducted more than 200 community interviews.  From that - The Laramie Project was born

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 4, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Wayne Baker interviews Springfield City Commissioner, Karen Duncan about Springfield's proposed amendment to the City's anti-discrimination code to include gay municipal workers.

-This week's installment of PoliticsOhio: Former GOP Chairman Says This Primary Like No Other, by Ellen Belcher

Photo by Fairlight Hubbard

In 2003, Jennifer Knapp left her career as a successful Christian artist and didn't perform for 7 years.  Now Knapp has rekindled her music career identifying herself as a gay person of faith.  She has released a folk album called "Letting Go," and she'll perform in Dayton next weekend.  WYSO's Juliet Fromholt spoke with Knapp about her return to music.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 18, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Flyer Enterprise, the latest installment in the SOCHE Talks

-Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival Begins Friday by Liz Cambron

-Jerry Kenney previews Culturefest 2011 in Springfield.

-Poor Will's Almanack: September 13 - 19 by Bill Felker

The sixth annual Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival starts next Friday, September 23rd . And this is the only time many of these films will be screened in Ohio. Festival founder and director Jonathan McNeal sat down with WYSO Community Voices Producer Liz Cambron – to talk about some of his personal favorites.