Female singer Holly Near holds her hands in prayer position over her head while standing in front of a microphone.

Celebrate Pride Month With These PBS Programs

May 26, 2021 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

Recognize the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on our communities with these programs airing in June and available to stream online on the PBS App on your phone, tablet, Roku, Apple TV, other digital TV devices and many Smart TVs!


POV Shorts: Post-Colonial Queer

11:30 p.m. Friday, June 4

Watch three short films from around the world that center on the LGBTQ experience: Reluctantly Queer, Clash and Muxes.

American Masters: Holly Near – Singing for Our Lives

4 p.m. Sunday, June 6

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: Terrence McNally – Every Act of Life

10 p.m. Monday, June 7

Explore Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s six 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.

Reel South: Outspoken

11:30 p.m. Monday, June 7

LGBTQ West Virginians fight to live free from discrimination, calling us to reimagine the power and longevity of a small town queer community. 

Out in Rural America

10 p.m. Wednesday, June 9

Explore the struggles and joys of being LGBTQ in rural America from a cultural, social, familial and religious perspective.

Expect a Miracle

10 p.m. Tuesday, June 15

Watch 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 Lavender Scare

10 p.m. Tuesday, June 22

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.


10 p.m. Tuesday, June 29

Follow Dyllón Burnside on a journey across the American 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. PBS Wisconsin Passport members – watch the full program now!


Pacific Heartbeat: Born This Way

10 p.m. Sunday, June 6

In New Zealand, Te Awarangi ‘Awa’ Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. This documentary follows her journey from male to female as we see the support of her family and the hurdles she must overcome.

In the second half of the program, take a glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands – The Rogers of Samoa – as they build an outside oven, seek romance and prepare to perform a traditional men’s dance in public.

Becoming Johanna

10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 28

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.

American Experience: Stonewall Uprising

9 p.m. Sunday, June 27

When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. PBS Wisconsin Passport members – watch the full program now!

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