PBS stations and Logo will simulcast the TV premiere of a documentary recounting the trials and lives of black lesbians wrongly convicted on charges of gang assault.

The premiere is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, June 22. It will air on Logo and on two local PBS stations — UNC-TV and ETV.

The documentary, “Out in the Night,” takes viewers back to 2006, when several African-American lesbian women were threatened by a man in a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City. Their efforts to defend themselves resulted in their arrest and a media frenzy, with some characterizing them as a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid going to trial, but four did not. Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Venice Brown and Terrain Dandridge each maintained their innocence and served varying and sometimes contradictory prison sentences.

The film was shown during this year’s GayCharlotte Film Festival in April.

The film premiere is part of PBS’ POV series. 

Learn more at www.pbs.org/pov/outinthenight/

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

3 replies on “Logo, PBS to simulcast doc on black lesbians wrongly convicted with gang assault”

  1. This was a wonderful documentary. I am so glad that their story was told. It pains me to see the level of discrimination that exists in the legal system. The people who are responsible for providing a fair trial, unfairly charged these women because of bias. I am so glad that the women are home with their families. Thanks to the lawyers who stood by them and got them released. Thanks to PBS for showing the documentary. Thanks to Blair Doroshwalther for producing this wonderful piece.

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