LGBTQ Pride Month
About This Collection
The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, known as HB2, has been a bill of much controversy for North Carolina's politicians, businesses and residents. Although the "bathroom bill" was repealed, discrimination of the state's transgender citizens is still defined. Texas is now the next state moving forward on a bill that targets trans students in public schools. Is it as some say, a measure of safety, or discrimination?
LGBTQ Pride Month honors the pivotal moments in the gay civil rights movement, past and present, while looking at the future for the community. WORLD recognizes Pride 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. Featured documentaries from AfroPoP, Independent Lens, POV, and the premiere of Vegas Baby on America ReFramed.
Episodes In This Collection
Bemz Benedito is the first transgender woman to run for a seat in the Philippine Congress. Her party, which calls itself the only LGBT political party in the world is on a quest to convince voters that gay and trans people belong in national politics. OUT RUN is the story of their campaign. In this Catholic and conservative country, can they win?
Broken Heart Land
On an autumn afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, his parents -- both conservative Republicans and military veterans -- are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son's death.
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.
Independent Lens: The New Black
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables to look at how the African American community grapples with the gay rights issue.
The inside story of the fight to stop California’s wildly controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage and ignited a national movement. The Campaign follows ordinary people compelled by a passionate belief in equality to go far beyond their everyday selves.
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.
Independent Lens: Kumu Hina
The story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s traditional embrace of māhū — those who embody both male and female spirit. Kumu Hina offers a glimpse of a Hawaii rarely seen on film and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha — love, honor, and respect for all.
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.
Before You Know It
Dennis, Ty and Robert are pioneers in an "out" generation. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million LGBT Americans over the age of 55. Before You Know It celebrates the lives of active gay senior citizens who have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes: from the Stonewall Riots to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and gay marriage rights.
The Abominable Crime
The Abominable Crime is a story about a mother's love for her child and an activist's love for his country. It gives voice to Jamaicans who face anti-gay violence and are forced to flee their homes. Told first hand, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotional journey that exposes the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society.
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).
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.
One woman's story of hope and renewal. Told through the eyes of an increasingly empowered young heroine, The Carrier is a powerful and moving portrait of an unconventional family and community, set against the backdrop of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia.
How strong is a woman’s desire to be a mother? After marrying the woman of her dreams, Lexy and wife Jessica set out to start a family. The couple spend their life savings on getting pregnant but it turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. Romeo Romeo is an intimate portrait of a modern marriage and the struggle with infertility.
At 13 years old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay and later savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. 25 years later, Boger meets with Tim Zaal, a former neo-Nazi skinhead, and his former attacker. The two embark on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation...and the improbable collaboration of friendship.
Anyone and Everyone
Across the country, parents of diverse backgrounds and religious denominations share stories of their child's coming out. Anyone and Everyone documents the recalling of initial reactions and the sometimes difficult journeys to acceptance.
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.
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.
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.
The Sher Institute in Las Vegas is holding a contest. First prize: a free round of in-vitro fertilization – but even for the winners, there’s no guarantee of success. Vegas Baby follows the journeys of three families so desperate to have a child, they’re willing to take the gamble. This may be their last chance to have a baby.
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.