March 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trans PSA to appear on cable TV
Deoni JaParker Jones, transgender, gay news, Washington Blade, cable

A PSA on cable TV will feature the parents of slain transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The parents of slain transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones are collaborating with the D.C. Office of Cable Television Director Eric Richardson in developing public service announcements about discrimination and violence targeting the transgender community.

Richardson told the Blade the OCT was in the “pre-production stage of what we hope will be a half-hour program” with a talk show type format that would be broadcast over the District of Columbia Network (DCN), which was formerly known as the city’s Channel 16 cable station.

Alvin Bethea has said in a series of emails to local community activists that he and his wife, Judean Jones, envision the public service announcements or short programs to include appearances by parents talking about their experiences in losing their transgender children through violence. He has said the aim is to help change the hearts and minds of viewers through first-hand accounts by parents who tell of their love and acceptance of their transgender children and their support of efforts by the LGBT community to end discrimination and anti-trans violence.

“Mr. Bethea introduced himself to me at a recent D.C. Council hearing and I thought it would be ideal to have him in the production,” Richardson said in an email to the Blade. He said the producer of the program was expected in the process of interviewing the participants in the program and an update on the status of the production would be announced soon.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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