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Celebrating Pride

Clockwise from left: Subcultured: How is the Gay Rodeo Different?; American Masters: Gladys Bentley​; Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution (Larry Levan); Elton John: Million Dollar Piano​; American Experience: Casa Susanna​; Independent Lens: Mama Bears​; American Masters: Crystal Labeija; Independent Lens: Senior Prom​; American Masters: James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket; My Home, NC “It’s the Food Show, Y’all” (Chef J Chong)​; Prideland

Happy Pride Month!

It’s time to celebrate Pride! June is dedicated to honoring the LGBTQIA+ community, their vibrant history and their ongoing fight for equality. We commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal moment in 1969 that ignited the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement. Pride is more than just a parade and about more than history alone—it’s a platform for amplifying LGBTQIA+ voices, raising awareness and working toward a more inclusive future.

Stay tuned throughout June as we explore the power of Pride, unpack LGBTQIA+ history and celebrate the beautiful diversity of this community on PBS NC and the PBS App

Art & History

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution 

From the basement bars of ‘70s New York to the peak of the global charts, this is the story of disco: its rise, its fall... and its legacy. Reveling in iconic tracks and remarkable footage, this is a powerful, revisionist history of the disco age. 

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution premieres Tuesday, 6/18, 9 PM on PBS NC, streaming now.  

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Elton John: Million Dollar Piano 

Celebrate the legendary singer, songwriter and performer in a spectacular 2012 concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Featuring a state-of-the art Yamaha piano, this unforgettable show features Elton performing his much-loved hits. 

Elton John: Million Dollar Piano premieres Saturday, 6/1, 5:30 PM on PBS NC and the PBS App only with Passport

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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. 

Watch Stonewall Uprising Tuesday, 6/25, 10 PM on PBS NC and the PBS App

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Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician 

Gladys Bentley joined New York’s Harlem Renaissance jazz scene at age 16 and became an instant sensation and gender identity pioneer, performing piano and vocals at the most popular gay bars, wearing men’s clothing, and openly flirting with women in the audience. 

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How Did Pride Become a Parade? 

How did the New York City Stonewall Riots turn into a month-long celebration? And specifically, how did we get from picketed protests like the Annual Reminder in Philadelphia to massive parades and parties around the world? 

Watch Origin of Everything on the PBS App

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Pride in North Carolina

Chef J Chong 

Meet chef J Chong, an Asheville-based chef of mostly Cantonese cuisine. J's passion is bringing authentic flavors and experiences of Cantonese food to Western North Carolina. From steaming dumplings at farmers markets to private feasts and cooking classes, J uses food to connect people and celebrate heritage. J is also a proud LGBTQ+ and AAPI activist, using their platform to fight for social justice. 

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Reel South: Mother(s) & Son 

Capturing her wife’s journey of high-risk pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood, a North Carolina filmmaker confronts her own fear and insecurity surrounding the adventures of parenthood—all while completing the adoption process for her new-born son, as required by gender-restrictive state laws. 

Watch Reel South on the PBS App, and explore the Reel South Pride collection.

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Who’s On Top? 

Members of the LGBTQ community challenge stereotypes and share their diverse journeys in overcoming literal and figurative obstacles while climbing Mount Hood in Oregon. Narrated by actor George Takei (Star Trek). 

Watch Who’s On Top? on the PBS App.

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Proper Pronouns 

There are 30 transgender, ordained ministers in the US; six are in North Carolina. Follow four of them as they navigate life in North Carolina as both transgender and transgender ministers. 

Watch Proper Pronouns on the PBS App.

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LGBTQ Acceptance in Black Communities During Pride Month 

As we celebrate Pride Month in June, what are our points of pride considering the pace of social change for LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion nationwide and in the Black community? NC Representative Vernetta Alston and Kendra Johnson of Equality NC join Deborah Holt Noel to share their views on recent policies, the move to ban books and more. This episode aired 6/24/2022. 

Watch Black Issues Forum Fridays, 7 PM on PBS NC & the PBS App.

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LGBTQIA+ Culture

How Is the Gay Rodeo Different? 

Host Josef Lorenzo talks to Cowboy Frank about the origins of the gay rodeo and how it was formed out of necessity. Today the gay rodeo's challenge is bringing young folks into the rodeo. Josef talks to all-star cowboy Greg Begay about the fierce competition at the gay rodeo. Lastly, Jade Fauver shares her experience as a young woman in the rodeo and her aspirations for the gay rodeo's future. 

Watch Subcultured on the PBS App and YouTube

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Crystal Labeija: The Queen Who Reinvented Ball Culture 

A proud Black trans woman, a drag mother and, a pageant girl, Crystal LaBeija was the cause of an iconic moment in drag history that paved the way for house culture, voguing, Paris Is Burning and the TV series Pose

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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. 

Watch Prideland on the PBS App

What Is Pansexuality and Why Is It So Popular in Modern TV 

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. All fabulous identities along with many more are housed under the LGBTQIA+ community. And yet, in recent film and TV, there’s one identity that has been particularly visible: pansexuality. Professor Bainbridge along with special guests Megan Townsend and Fran Tirado take a look at the history of queer representation to tell us why pansexuality has become so popular. 

Watch Historian’s Take on the PBS App and YouTube

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Senior Prom 

At Triangle Square, a haven for LGBTQ retirees in Hollywood, California, the idea of a “senior” prom has taken on a new meaning. Senior Prom joins the celebration of an LGBTQ generation that spent a lifetime fighting for the right to live and love openly, and via rich personal archives retraces lives lived in resistance that helped change the course of civil rights. 

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