Pride Month Programming: How Networks Are Marking LGBTQ Celebrations In June

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Pride Month is observed every June in the U.S. to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a flashpoint for the Gay Liberation Movement. Here’s a sampling of programming from TV networks and other media platforms, organizations and communities. We’ll update the list when new Pride Month programming is announced. All times Pacific unless otherwise noted.


The network has premiered a Pride Month-themed music video titled “Little Bit of Color,” which features clips from Fox shows and more. Watch it here:


The premium cable network will feature more than 50 hours of LGBTQ+ programming including Xy Chelsea, Same Sex America, Beyond Opposite Sex, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin and Semper Fi; select episodes of Desus & Mero; and the first seasons of The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q, Queer as Folk, Work in Progress and Couples Therapy.


WarnerMedia’s streamer  is launching its Shine On spotlight page, which honors and recognizes its library of LGBTQIA+ stories, characters and creators. A list of curations that will be included on the page is here.


ViacomCBS’ streaming service will premiere Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on June 24. It also will bow the sixth season of aftershow RuPaul’s Drag RaceUntucked! Both are moving from their original home at VH1.


The streamer has a dedicated landing page called Laugh Out Loud for its curated selection of movies and series to honor Pride Month. Celebrating and highlighting LGBTQ creators, actors, producers, writers and filmmakers, Laugh Out Loud includes Uncle Frank, Rocketman, The Wilds (Season 1) and the first five seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race.


The streamer is honoring Pride Month with new content and collections in the evergreen LGBTQ+ Hub including Changing the Game, Season 2 of Love, Victor, new series Rurangi and film The Obituary of Tunde Johnson. Additionally, the two new 2021 collections, “Trans Stories” and “Multicultural Stories,” will be prominently featured in the Pride Hub throughout June.


The virtual variety show This is Me: Pride Celebration Spectacular will run June 27 on the streamer’s YouTube and Facebook outlets. Hosted by Nina West, the performance lineup includes Alex Newell, DCappella, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Hayley Kiyoko, Jackie Cox, Jesse James Keitel, Kermit the Frog, Michael James Scott and Todrick Hall.


The cable network will air a marathon celebrating the fourth and final season of Pose. Curated by Pose co-creator Ryan Murphy, the four episodes will run June 18 from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. PT/ET. There also will be special behind-the-scenes footage and vignettes interspersed throughout the marathon.


The first LGBTQ+ digital cable TV network will Revry Presents House of Pride Brought to You by McDonald’s, a variety special hosted by Manilla Luzon, Shar Jossell and Ryan Mitchell on June 6 and “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual relief benefit for the LGBTQ+ community presented by iHeartMedia and P&G. The latter will feature performances or appearances by Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Bebe Rexha, Brothers Osborne, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Gus Kenworthy, Hayley Kiyoko, Jennifer Hudson, JoJo Siwa, Lil Nas X, Marshmello, MJ Rodriguez, Nina West, P!NK, Ricky Martin, Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae and more.


America’s first and largest SVOD LGBTQ+ TV video channel is marking Pride Month with programs including the inaugural trans-exclusive modeling competition Slay Model Search (June 11), a “Pride Edition” of Food Fetish with celebrity chef and restaurateur Susan Feniger (June 18) and No Goodbyes, a short film about love in a concentration camp, featuring 92-year-old Holocaust survivor David Lenga (June 4).


The cable channel exclusive to Spectrum customers is offering Pride Month. an on-demand collection of movies highlighting LGBTQ stories, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Boy Erased, The Kids Are All Right, Dating Amber, And Then We Danced and Rafiki. It also includes the 2020 comedy special Brash Boys Club.


The season finale of dating series Married at First Sight: Unmatchables will center on two LGBTQ men who are looking to find love (June 2). Lifetime also offers Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story, about a teenage girl who is sent to “conversion therapy” after coming out to her devout Mormon parents (June 6), and Prayers for Bobby, about a profoundly religious woman who questions her faith after the suicide of her gay son (June 20).


Encompassing NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW, NBC News Digital and Peacock, the group is featuring deep-dive storytelling, exclusive reporting and special programming throughout the month of June and beyond. Among them are the hourlong concert event Miley Cyrus Presents Stand by You on Peacock (watch a trailer here), and Transamerica, an hourlong special about trans lawmakers hosted by Joe Fryer, which will stream June 17 on NBC News Now. For a complete list of NBCU News Group programming, click here.


NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language cable network is marking Pride Month with Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo (Celebrating Pride Month), a campaign to support the LGBTQ+ Latino community, celebrate their journeys and raise awareness of the challenges that remain for their progress. The campaign will feature stories of inspiring community members making a difference and kick off June 1.


The cable net is sharing stories of community leaders, friends, families and creators who take pride in the LGBTQ+ flag. The films include Jack & Yaya, Little Miss Westie and Mama Gloria and Vision Portraits.


The five-day event presented by OutFest from June 4-8 features queer episodic television to connect fans with all things LGBTQIA on television and streaming. It features free-to-view panel discussions and exclusive members-only premieres with the talent from LGBTQIA+ programs. Panels in RuPaul’s Drag Race, Clarice, The L Word: Generation, David Makes Man, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Star Trek: Discovery and Love, Victor. See the full lineup here.


NewFest’s summer series will run virtually from June 4-7, showcasing six new features, a short film program and a handful of LGBTQ-focused panels and special events, including a virtual live-read event fundraiser of Legally Blonde to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.


Its inaugural Pride Month celebration, “A Salute to LGBTQ+ Pride Achievements in Television,” will focus on how representations of LGBTQ+ life have evolved dramatically during the past eight decades. Among the highlights is a conversation with Cynthia Nixon, Ilene Chaiken, Laverne Cox, Jason Collins and Adam Rippon and a panel on Hulu’s Love, Victor. See details here.


The nonprofit group, which is the nation’s largest early-intervention program building LGBTQ-inclusive schools, is hosting a virtual gala called “Books That Make Us” at 5 p.m. June 24. It will feature prominent leaders and authors including Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Shanna Peeples, Zach Stafford, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, and Becky Albertalli.  


Civic leaders including Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, one of L.A. three openly gay elected officials, kicked off the annual celebration May 27 and has two more events set: Black LGBTQ+ Community Activists for Change (11 a.m. June 10) and a performance by Snehal Desai & East West Players (11 a.m. June 24).


The station for the sports media and entertainment company is marking Pride Month by airing a new Women’s Flat Track Derby Tournament from 2020 daily. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association  is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat-track roller derby and has one of the most inclusive gender statements in sport.


A three-day concert set for June 4-6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted by Adam Lambert will bring together the area’s LGBTQ+ community and allied supporters for a long-awaited return to live celebration that will also give back to charities and Pride city partners across the country. The lineup includes Sofi Tukker, Daya, Hayley Kiyoko and Bronze Avery, with special appearances by Angelica Ross, Conchita, Geena Rocero, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Valentina Sampaio, Yungblud and Whoopi Goldberg. You can watch the livestream here, and the full lineup is below:


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