PBS Airs Doc to Honor First Openly Gay Mayor of Key West Richard Heyman
South Florida’s PBS affiliate will honor the 30th anniversary of the election of Richard Heyman, the first openly gay mayor in the U.S., by airing a documentary on his life.
Directed by Emmy Award-winning journalist John Mikytuck, “The Newcomer” is a 2010 documentary focusing on the life of Heyman, how he made Key West into a gay mecca, and the demise of the LGBT community on the island due to the AIDS epidemic in 1980’s.
Heyman made a fortune on Key West in the early 70’s, when he bought properties on the island and helped to market it as a gay tourism destination. He then made a successful bid for mayor in 1983, becoming the first openly gay mayor in the country.
He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994.
WPBT2 will air “The Newcomer” on Monday, January 14 at 9:00 p.m.