Celebrate Pride Month with these films, TV series, marathons, streams
With Pride events canceled in many cities due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcasters are doing their part to celebrate all month long, with plenty of specials planned as well as shows and films that are available to stream year-round.
Welcome to Pride Month, when members of the LGBTQ community come together to celebrate the progress they’ve made since the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
That event helped pave the way for the modern-day gay rights movement.
Throughout June, look for corporations and individuals to sport rainbows and other symbols of gay pride to show their support.
With Pride events canceled in many cities due to the coronavirus pandemic, many folks are looking for other ways to celebrate. Broadcasters are doing their part, with plenty of specials planned as well as shows and films that are available to stream year-round.
Here’s a look at what’s on tap:
“Modern Family” marathon(USA):The groundbreaking sitcom featuring couple Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) will be in heavy rotation.
“Wynonna Earp” marathon (Syfy, June 3, 5-8 a.m.; June 10, 5:30-8:30 a.m.; June 17, 5:30-8:30 a.m.; and June 24, 5-9 a.m.): This cult drama, based on a comic book series, prominently features a lesbian couple: Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell).
“Xena: Warrior Princess” marathon (Syfy,June 4, 5:30-10:30 a.m., June 11, 5-11 a.m.; June 18, 4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; June 25, 4:30-9:30 a.m.): This adventure show, which has been off the air for nearly two decades, continues to be an LGBTQ favorite. For the marathon, stars Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor will contribute new clips, including ones that spotlight fans of the show.
“Vagrant Queen” (Syfy, June 4, 10 p.m.): This science-fiction series wraps up its first season during Pride Month.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (VH1, June 5, 7 p.m.): Ten drag queens return to compete on this hit show, with a twist this time around. Host RuPaul, in previews, teases that, “ ‘All Star’ rules have been suspended ... forever.”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” marathon (USA, June 7, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.) Actor BD Wong, who is openly gay, hosts a day filled with episodes that touch on LGBTQ issues.
“Prideland” (PBS, June 12, 8 p.m.): Actor Dyllón Burnside travels the South, telling the stories of members of the LGBTQ community and exploring how attitudes have changed. Accompanied by six digital episodes on the PBS Voices YouTube channel.
“Legendary” (HBO Max): This series is executive produced by a pair of “Queer Eye” veterans and spotlights the underground ballroom community, with voguing teams showing off their dancing skills and fashion sense.
“Visible: Out on Television” (Apple TV+): This five-part docuseries features interviews with and archival footage of trailblazing LGBTQ TV stars such as Margaret Cho and Neil Patrick Harris.
“Out” (Disney+): An animated short that follows a man who is hesitant to come out to his parents.
“Will & Grace”(Hulu): NBC’s reboot of the popular 1990s sitcom wrapped its third and final season in April.
“Drag Me”(Hulu): Watch as this series gives actor Zachary Quinto and other familiar faces drag makeovers.
“Circus of Books”(Available now, Netflix): This documentary spotlights a husband-wife duo who ran Circus of Books, a gay adult bookstore in Los Angeles.
“A Secret Love” (Netflix): A documentary focusing on two women who kept their romance a secret for years before finally deciding to come out later in life.
“Queer Eye”(June 5, Netflix): The reboot of Bravo hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” kicks off its fifth season.
“For They Know Not What They Do”(June 12, virtual cinemas):This feature film, which is being released via virtual cinemas due to the coronavirus pandemic, takes a look at four families of faith and their road to acceptance of children who are gay.
“Disclosure” (June 19, Netflix):Laverne Cox serves as executive producer of this documentary, which takes a look at transgender representation on TV and in films.
“Love, Victor” (June 19, Hulu): A followup to the critically acclaimed film “Love, Simon” features a teen, Victor, who reaches out to classmate Simon to help him navigate high school.
“Welcome to Chechnya” (June 30, HBO Max and HBO Go):A look at LGBTQ activists in Chechnya who are risking their lives to fight for gay rights.
Read more at usatoday.com