Radionovela Takes On Gay Issues in Central Valley

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SALINAS, Calif. -- A new Spanish-language radio soap opera is tackling LGBT issues in California's rural Central Valley. The three-part radio series, called "Bienvenidos a Casa," or "Welcome Home, premiers Friday, Nov. 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Radio Bilingüe. The premiere will be followed by an on-air discussion. The drama will air Feb. 11 through March 31 on eight radio stations.

It tells the story of Carlos, a gay Latino teenager who is rejected by his community and then eventually finds acceptance. The series was created by the Spanish-language network Radio Bilingue, in collaboration with Proyecto Poderoso and the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University. The "radionovela" is intended to help begin a dialogue in rural Spanish-speaking households by addressing key issues, including bullying, coming out, and family acceptance.