Now on DVD: The Day It Snowed In Miami, a film by Joe Cardona in association with the Miami Herald and WPBT2 that chronicles Miami-Dade County's 1977 human-rights ordinance battle.
The documentary’s title serves as a metaphor: the ordinance that sparked the outrage was debated by commissioners on an uncharacteristically frigid night and some opponents at the time remarked that the ordinance would pass “when hell freezes over.” The morning after the ordinance was approved — Jan. 19, 1977 — Miamians woke up to snowflakes for the first and, so far, only time.
The ordinance and subsequent battle in South Florida between liberal supporters and conservative singer Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children group, thrust gay rights into the national spotlight for the first time and the film documents the LGBT movement through the present.
The 86-minute film is produced by Cardona, Shed Boren, el Nuevo Herald videographer Jose Iglesias, Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus and Interactive Editor Nancy San Martin.
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Each DVD sells for $19.99, including shipping and handling. To order, visit Steve Rothaus’ Gay South Florida, MiamiHerald.com/gay.