Featured Programming Includes the Premiere of AMERICAN MASTERS “Joe Papp in Five Acts” in Addition to Streaming and PBS Digital Studios Offerings
Arlington, VA; June 1, 2022 – In celebration of Pride Month, PBS will present an engaging slate of programming in June that spotlights LGBTQ+ stories and voices on both broadcast and digital platforms.
Premiering Friday, June 3, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app, AMERICAN MASTERS “Joe Papp in Five Acts” tells the story of this indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts. As founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls…, Papp believed great art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. A cultural change agent for more than 50 years, Papp’s stages held up a mirror to society, with work that reflected the reality of people’s lives.
Encore presentations of programs related to the LGBTQ+ experience include:
- AMERICAN MASTERS “Ballerina Boys”: For over 45 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male ballet company and international dance sensation, has shared their signature style and message of equality, inclusion and social justice with audiences around the world. The men perform classical ballet en pointe and in drag, challenging the art form’s rigid gender norms as they mix rigorous technique with comedy and satire.
- AMERICAN MASTERS “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket”: Using rarely seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin, as well as scenes from his extraordinary funeral service in December 1987.
- INDEPENDENT LENS “Real Boy”: This film is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.
- POV “Out in the Night”: In New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. “Out in the Night” examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.
- PRIDELAND: This program follows queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ+ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and proudly in the modern South.
PBS curated a collection on PBS.org that celebrates Pride Month with titles premiering this month, specially featured encores and digital-first content.
Additional streaming programs that explore the stories, history and voices of LGBTQ+ creators can be viewed on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. PBS station members can also view many programs via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). These programs, highlighted below and in a curated collection for Pride Month on the PBS Video App and PBS.org, may also air in select markets (check local listings):
- AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: Mama Gloria
- American Masters: Gladys Bentley: Drag King of the Harlem Renaissance
- American Masters: Gladys Bentley Gender-Bending Performer and Musician
- American Masters: Joan Jett Blakk: The drag queen who ran for president
- American Masters: Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist
- American Masters: Julian Eltinge: Female Impersonator of the Vaudeville Era
- American Masters: William Dorsey Swann: The first "Queen of Drag"
- American Masters: Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
- America ReFramed: Jack and Yaya
- American Masters: Crystal Labeija: The Queen Who Reinvented Ball Culture
- Frontline: Growing Up Trans
- Independent Lens: Senior Prom
- Independent Lens: When I’m Her
- PBS Short Film Festival: In This Family
- PBS SoCal: L.A.: A Queer History
- POV Shorts: Post-Colonial Queer
- POV StoryCorps: Hand in Hand
- POV StoryCorps: The Door She Opened
- POV: Another Hayride
- POV: Pier Kids
- POV: Reluctantly Queer
- POV: The Gospel of Eureka
- POV: Things We Dare Not Do
- POV: To the Future, With Love
- POV: We Are the Radical Monarchs
- Reel South: A Fine Girl
- Reel South: Mother(s) & Son
- We'll Meet Again: Coming Out
- What I Hear When You Say: When Did You Become Gay?
PBS Digital Studios also offers a variety of LGBTQ+-focused programs, including:
- Vitals: Trans Health (premieres June 2)
- Fate and Fabled: Gender Fluidity in Myths (premieres June 7)
- Above the Noise: Transgender Rights in Youth Sports
- American Veteran: Keep It Close: What Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Means to This Gay Veteran
- It’s Lit: The Fiery History of Banned Books
- Origin of Everything: The Homophobic Origins of U.S. Law
- Origin of Everything: When Did Pride Become a Parade?
- Origin of Everything: History of the Word ‘Gay’
- Origin of Everything: Origin of Gender
- Origin of Everything: Why Does “Straight” Mean Heterosexual?
- Self-Evident: 80-Year-Olds on the Keys to Happiness in 2021
- Short Docs: Meet the Beloved, Concert-Obsessed “Dancing Man” of L.A.
- Short Docs: Senior Prom: LGBTQ+ Seniors Get the Prom of Their Dreams
- Sound Field: The Sound of NYC’s Underground Vogue Scene
- Subcultured: Inside the Gay Rodeo
- The Art Assignment: What Art Tells Us About Gender
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