In the late 1970s, Miami became a national battleground, pitting gay rights supporters against beauty pageant winner Anita Bryant and her Save Our Children group.
The epic human-rights ordinance battle that followed is documented in a new film, "The Day It Snowed in Miami," by Joe Cardona in association with the Miami Herald and WPBT2.
The film, now available on DVD, chronicles Miami-Dade County's original 1977 human-rights ordinance and documents the LGBT movement’s roots in Miami.
The documentary’s title is 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) Miami woke up to snowflakes for the first and, so far, only time.
The 86-minute film is produced by Shed Boren of Genesis Fund, Cardona, El Nuevo Herald videographer Jose Iglesias, Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus and Miami Herald interactive editor Nancy San Martin.
Each DVD sells for $19.99.