September 11, 1961

The first U.S. televised documentary about homosexuality called “The Rejected” airs on KQED in California.

The Rejected is comprised of varied discussions about sexual orientation from Margaret Mead (anthropologist); Dr. Karl Bowman (former President of the American Psychiatric Association); Harold Call, Donald Lucas and Les Fisher of the Mattachine Society; San Francisco District Attorney Thomas Lynch; Dr. Erwin Braff (Director of San Francisco’s Bureau for Disease Control; Al Bendich; Mr J. Albert Hutchinson and Mr. Morris Lowenthal (who engage in debate); Bishop James Pike and Rabbi Alvin Fine.

The show was later syndicated to National Educational Television  (NET) stations across the country.