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Hundreds turn out to see gay-rights documentary; 'Day It Snowed In Miami' to air Thursday on WPBT2

BY STEVE ROTHAUS AND LUISA YANEZ
SROTHAUS@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Hundreds of moviegoers Tuesday night crowded into the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach for the premiere of a documentary chronicling a pivotal moment in the rise of gay activism in Miami-Dade.

“The Day It Snowed in Miami,” a film by Joe Cardona in association with the Miami Herald and WPBT2, chronicles the 1977 human rights ordinance battle.

The film is an 86-minute trip down memory lane of a turbulent time in Miami-Dade, just before the AIDS epidemic, when gay rights activists and conservative singer Anita Bryant tangled over the passage of the human rights ordinance, which prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.

For those who missed the premiere, the documentary will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursday on WPBT2.

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