Friday, September 01, 2006

Fishbacks on PBS This Weekend

David Fishback, the chair of the citizens advisory committee that developed last year's sex-ed curriculum was criticized, among other things, for having two gay sons. Of course to some ... folks ... that meant he couldn't be "objective," he just had to be promoting the gay agenda, whatever that is.

Well, it seems to me that it must be a shock and a surprise, and something to deal with, having both your sons grow up to be gay. But knowing David and his family, I'd have to say they seem to have handled it beautifully.

PBS will have a show about the Fishback family, nine years after their first son came out. Here's how the press release reads:
Coming out is a life-changing journey for many people. But what happens inside a family once the secret is revealed? Dan Fishback came out to his family at age fifteen, and he didn’t have a clue how they would take to his news. In “My Gay Family” we meet the Fishback’s nine years after they first learned that their youngest son was gay. In the Life

The show will be aired locally here in Montgomery County on WHUT, Channel 32, this Sunday night (September 3rd), at 11:00 PM. WETA, Channel 26, will air it a few hours later at 1:00 AM (Monday, Sept. 4). MPT, Channel 22, will show it later in the month, on Monday, Sept. 25, at 1:00 AM.

If you can't stay up on a Sunday night, ask your kids to set up the VCR to record this.


Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

Wonderful picture of father and son...I pray that more parents would treat their gay and lesbian children with this sort of love and respect.

This was not shown nationally on PBS, was it? If not, would anyone consider sending me a copy of this show so I might see it? I'll pay for the cost of shipping....

September 03, 2006 10:35 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...


Thanks for your kind words. The show is aired all over the country, but each station decides whether and when to broadcast it. If you go to this link, you can plug in your zip code to see if it airs in your area.

Let me know if you can't get it in your area.

September 03, 2006 11:03 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

Channel 32 did not run the September episode this evening (they ran the June episode, instead), and WETA (Channel 26) has changed its air time from 1 am Monday, September 4 to 1 am Tuesday, September 5. Hopefully, Channel 26 will be running the September episode.


September 04, 2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

All right David, we'll be watching. False alarm this time -- but we'll be watching for it.


September 04, 2006 1:07 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...


In the Life is on KBDI Channel 12 Broomfield Denver
KBDI/Channel 12
2900 Welton Street, Suite 100
Denver, Colorado 80205
Phone: (303) 296-1212

The station should be able to tell you when they are airing the episode (No. 1512 – My Life’s Work).

My wife and I stayed up late last night (in fact, very, very early this morning) to see the show on WETA, Channel 26. Right after the segment on our family, there was an amazing piece of the NYFD Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge, who was gay and who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The story of his ministry is inspiring. For a preview of the episode, go to It is scheduled to be on Maryland Public Television (Channel 22 in the DC area) on Monday, September 25, at 1:00 AM).

September 05, 2006 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To learn more about Father Mychal Judge:

September 05, 2006 6:11 PM  

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