June is LGBTQ Pride Month! Pride is celebrated in June in commemoration of the Stonewall uprising, which began on June 28, 1969.
To honor Pride, and the 50th anniversary of the events at Stonewall, Connecticut Public Television will offer special programming on CPTV and CPTV Spirit during the month of June. These programs will include brand-new specials; American Experience’s documentary about the Stonewall uprising; and an encore of the Masterpiece drama Man in an Orange Shirt.
Don’t miss the celebration this June. For a full program schedule, see below.
Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
Friday, June 7 at 10:30 p.m. on CPTV and Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
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.
Man in an Orange Shirt on Masterpiece
Friday, June 14 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV Spirit and Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
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 “heart-rending” (Financial Times) drama scripted by best-selling novelist Patrick Gale.
The Lavender Scare
Tuesday, June 18 at 9 p.m. on CPTV (Premiere)
This documentary explores the decades-long efforts by the U.S. government to fire gay and lesbian employees. The resulting outrage led to an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront: Frank Kameny, a Harvard-trained astronomer working with the U.S. Army’s Map Service, who reframed the issue as one of civil rights. The Lavender Scare is narrated by Glenn Close and features the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T. R. Knight, and David Hyde Pierce.
Coming Out: A 50 Year History
Tuesday, June 18 at 11 p.m. on CPTV (Premiere), Wednesday, June 19 at 9 p.m. on CPTV Spirit, and Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Transgender teen Jazz Jennings narrates this documentary exploring the history of public gay identity in the LGBTQ community from the 1950s through today.
Considering Matthew Shepard
Wednesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit (Premiere)
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die. Twenty years later his legacy is remembered in a unique production that uses music, poetry, and interviews and to explore a pivotal time in our history. When a hate crime is committed, what does it mean to be a victim, a parent, a community member, a perpetrator? How do we learn to be compassionate and find hope in hopeless situations?
POV – The Gospel of Eureka
Wednesday, June 26 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV Spirit (Premiere)
The spotlight is beaming on drag shows and a passion play in an Arkansas town. With verve, humor, and unfailing compassion, The Gospel of Eureka builds unexpected bridges between religious faith and sexual orientation.
“Women's Work” features the stories of Connecticut women serving as leaders, trailblazers, artists, educators, advocates and entrepreneurs. Watch the original TV documentary. Six additional short films will be released weekly - watch them here.