About This Collection
Pride Month honors the pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, past and present, while looking at the future for the community. WORLD Channel recognizes the month with stories that tell of both the struggles and achievements for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queer/questioning in the U.S. and around the world. In June, films will focus on family, history, politics, youth and individuals who have paved the way for generations to come.
Episodes In This Collection
Calm reigns in Sâo Vicente. Tchinda, one of the community's most beloved transgender women, prepares for Carnival in which the Cape Verdean island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets. Leading up to the event, the locals work together to make something beautiful out of nothing, recycling everything to create a magical structure.
Independent Lens: Limited Partnership
After falling in love, Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to legally marry in 1975. The pioneering couple’s fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
POV: Out in the Night
In 2006, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. They fought back and were charged with gang assault and attempted murder. Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.
Reel South: Deep Run
Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole’s candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
FRONTLINE: Growing Up Trans
Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, Growing Up Trans examines new medical interventions increasingly offered at younger ages.
Living in the Overlap
The improbably true story of two girls growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, falling in love in the Midwest, and making a life together in North Carolina. Offering wisdom about enduring relationships, they think of themselves as two circles, often overlapping. After 46-years of living in the overlap, Lennie and Pearl still have an indelible spark.
American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry - Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
At a time when women, people of color, and homosexuals were confined to the margins of society, Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun") boldly challenged U.S. society to live up to its ideals. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice — on stage and off.
Formed in response to Brown vs. Board of Education and anti-Communist fears in the U.S., the Johns Committee targeted Communist sympathizers, and homosexual teachers and students at state universities. The Committee chronicles the actions of Charley Johns and the committee in their attempt to root out Communism and homosexuality.
POV: Memories of a Penitent Heart
Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family's past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. The film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis.
The Guys Next Door
Erik and Sandro, like many married couples, hope to become parents. Their friend Rachel decides she can help by becoming a surrogate for them – even though she and her husband Tony have three biological children of their own. The Guys Next Door is a story that redefines choice, generosity, and what it means to be a family in today’s America.
Coming Out: A 50 Year History
In Coming Out: A 50 Year History, young people interview a host of LGBTQ elders who came out in different historical eras from the 1950s through today. These inspiring talks give insight into the political and personal changes that shaped the modern LGBTQ movement. Narrated by transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
We'll Meet Again: Coming Out
Before the 70s, being gay in America meant risking everything. For two men growing up in New England, living a life out of the closet was only possible because of the people who helped them open the door - Tom longs to find the friend who helped him accept his sexuality while Paul searches for the student activist whose courage changed his life.
Reel South: Alabama Bound
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a community that lives with frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.
Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Examining the life and work of Armistead Maupin, one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Untold Tales is told in playful and poignant fashion, reflective of the author himself.
The Day It Snowed in Miami
A chronology of the LGBT-rights movement in Florida's Miami-Dade County, just before the AIDS epidemic. The documentary focuses in on its early days when gay rights activists and conservative singer Anita Bryant tangled over the passage of the human rights ordinance, which prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Independent Lens: Real Boy
Follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.
Denial: The Dad That Wanted to Save the World
While on a quest to find solutions to the global energy crisis, Dave Hallquist, the CEO of a Vermont electric utility, reveals a family secret. He, who presents as a chainsaw-wielding, hardhat-wearing CEO in a male-dominated industry, is a woman inside. And he may be just what the limiting, binary worldview on energy and the environment needs.
POV: From This Day Forward
Meet a family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations. When Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.