Cable access is a medium often associated with Pyrex-clutching church ladies and juvenile pranksters looking for 15 minutes of local quasi-fame. Kinpride, a 30-minute talk show, has shattered the mold on both counts with provocative but evenhanded discussion of issues surrounding the GLBT community. Kinpride first aired in St. Cloud in 1999, ruffling more than a few feathers in the historically Catholic area and spawning an unlikely dialogue. Host and founder Michael Smith, who may have the best moustache on television, persisted in the face of criticism, and the show now airs on cable access channels in Minneapolis, Brainerd, and Duluth, to name just a few. Past shows have focused on groups like PFLAG and Couples Twin Cities, but Smith's not above a little frivolity; a recent episode discussed different methods of massage (and the naughty misconceptions about legitimate massage therapists.) That's edutainment! Catch Kinpride on channel 17 in Minneapolis, with episodes airing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.


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