WTTW ( www.wttw.com/ ) recently released its schedule ( interactive.wttw.com/playlist/2021/06/01/pride-month-2021 ) of special programming in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. Highlights include:
- Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
Sunday, June 13 from 10:00 pm-12:00 am
In an era when homosexuality was illegal, gay people were hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns all across the country. They began fleeing to New York and found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back.
- Out in Rural America (NEW)
Thursday, June 24 from 9:30-10:30 pm
This film explores the struggles and joys of being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and genderqueer in rural America. Following five stories from the LGBTQ+ community over six years, the film explores the issues of self-doubt, discrimination, acceptance, and small-town and Midwestern LGBTQ+ life from a cultural, social, familial, and religious perspective.
- Expect a Miracle: Finding Light in the Darkness of a Pandemic (NEW)
Thursday, June 24 from 10:30-11:30 pm
This film tells the dual story of the AIDS crisis in San Diego and Fraternity House the only hospice in San Diego County that gave patients near death a safe place to die with dignity and love. Meet a handful of everyday people who became heroes, caring for a marginalized and persecuted population in a time of heightened fear, misinformation, and mass rejection from their families, society, and the government.
- Becoming Johanna (NEW)
Friday, June 25 from 8:30-9:00 pm
When Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, begins her transition and gets kicked out of her home and school, she finds a foster family who loves her and a supportive school principal who helps her graduate and thrive.
- Prideland, Sunday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 pm
Follow queer actor Dyllon Burnside on a journey across the South to meet diverse members of the LGBTQ community. From a lesbian rodeo champ in Texas to an African American mayor ally in Alabama, he discovers how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with Pride in the modern South.
- The Lavender Scare,
Sunday, June 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm
Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.
In addition, a number of special Pride Month programs will air on WTTW Prime:
- Out & Proud in Chicago
Sunday, June 6 at 9:30 pm
- POV Shorts: Post-Colonial Queer
Sunday, June 6 at 11:30 pm
- Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Mama Gloria
Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 am
- POV: We are the Radical Monarchs
Sunday, June 13 at 9:30 pm
- Man in an Orange Shirt on Masterpiece
Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 pm
- American Masters: Holly Near
Sunday, June 27 at 7:00 pm
- American Masters: Terrence McNally
Sunday, June 27 at 8:30 pm
For descriptions and a program schedule for LGBTQ Pride Month on WTTW, please click here. Watch these programs on television, through the PBS video app and online at wttw.com/watch .
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