June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, in honor of the June, 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York that was a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights and recognition. (You can learn more about Stonewall in an American Experience documentary WTTW is airing this month.) While Chicago's Pride Parade has been postponed this year until October, there are a few other Pride events happening in the city this month. Fill that temporary absence with programming from WTTW, online and on TV, listed below.
Find our sister station WFMT's Pride programming of LGBTQ classical music composers and artists here.
American Masters: Ballerina Boys
Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy. With every step they poke fun at their strictly gendered art form.
Out & Proud in Chicago
Sunday, June 6 at 9:30 pm on WTTW Prime and available to stream
Jane Lynch hosts this WTTW documentary about the history of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
POV Shorts: Post-Colonial Queer
This short POV documentary features LGBTQ stories from around the world.
Afropop: Mama Gloria
Gloria Allen is a 75-year-old Black transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. It is the story of a mother’s love—the love that Gloria’s mother had for her and the love that Gloria has for her chosen children.
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.
Out in Rural America
Following five stories from the LGBTQ community over six years, this film explores the issues of self-doubt, discrimination, acceptance, and small-town and Midwestern LGBTQ life from a cultural, social, familial, and religious perspective.
Reel South: Outspoken
Members of the LGBTQ community fight to live free from discrimination in West Virginia.
American Experience: Stonewall Uprising
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. That night the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South.
POV: We Are the Radical Monarchs
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice.
Man in an Orange Shirt
Two love stories, 60 years apart, chart the changes and challenges in gay lives in England—from the era of jail terms to the onset of dating apps. Vanessa Redgrave stars in this drama scripted by best-selling novelist Patrick Gale.
Expect a Miracle
This documentary tells the story of Fraternity House, the only hospice in North San Diego County that gave AIDS patients near death a safe place to die with dignity and love. The film centers on a handful of heroes who cared for a marginalized population in a time of fear, misinformation, and rejection from families and the government.
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.
American Masters: Holly Near
Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements.
American Masters: Terence McNally
Explore the late four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally's six groundbreaking decades in theater. The film delves into McNally's pursuit of love and inspiration, LGBTQ activism, triumph over addiction, and the power of the arts to transform society. McNally was an early casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, dying in March of 2020.