KQED is proud to celebrate LGBTQ+ Heritage Month in June with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.
Saturday, June 1
11pm Vicious Special
Freddie and Stuart enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet moves on from her divorce and Ash arrives with news.
Tuesday, June 4
9pm Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
This film explains the cause and aftermath of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Monday, June 10
10pm Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Examine the life and work of 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.
Tuesday, June 11
8pm We’ll Meet Again
Tom wants to find the childhood friend who urged him to come out, while Paul seeks a fellow student who inspired him to stand up for his beliefs.
9pm To A More Perfect Union
The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest to find justice from a government that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples.
10pm Alzheimer’s: A Love Story
It has been 11 years since Greg was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. And every day, his husband Michael; a practical, kind, earnest, and resilient man, visits the love of his life and fights to preserve the memory of their 40 years together.
Friday, June 14
9pm Terrence McNally: American Masters (NEW)
The new documentary lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and four-time Tony Award-winning writer Terrance McNally.
Tuesday, June 18
9pm Lavender Scare (NEW)
The Lavender Scare tells the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government during the 1950s to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual.
Monday, June 24
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.
Saturday, June 29
10:45pm Considering Matthew Shepard
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die. Considering Matthew Shepard is a musical and multimedia response to the anti-gay hate crime 20 years ago that captured the world’s attention.
Sunday, June 2
2am Pacific Heartbeat
Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga’s evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the South Pacific Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.
Friday, June 10
3pm Living in the Overlap
Over 40 years, Lennie and Pearl have shared a passion for social justice and for each other. Now, the indelible spark of their love inspires many others as they fight for their right to marry in North Carolina.
4pm: Alabama South
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, ‘Alabama Bound’ chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a resilient community that lives with both frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.
Sunday, June 12
When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and began living as Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her mother stayed with him. Now as Sharon plans her own wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how their family survived intact.
Tuesday, June 14
This film uncovers a buried conflict around filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s uncle Miguel, who died around the time AIDS was synonymous with sin.
5pm Denial: The Dad That Wanted to Save The World
Energy debate and transgender issues are two thorny topics that at first glance seem miles apart but are ultimately united by the struggles of one man trying to confront issues that most people would prefer to ignore.
Wednesday, June 15
6:30pm The Committee
This documentary highlights the scare tactics used by the Johns Committee in its attempt to root out homosexuality and Communism on state campuses.
Thursday, June 16
6pm Reel South
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.
Friday, June 17
4pm Independent Lens
A trans teen navigates adolescence, sobriety and the ramifications of his changing gender identity.
5pm Local USA
The Guys Next Door is story that redefines choice, generosity, and what it means to be a family in today’s America.
Tuesday, June 21
3pm Coming Out: A 50 Year History
Bay Area high school and college students interview older LGBTQ people who “came out” in different historical eras, from the 1950s until today.
4pm Anyone and Everyone
This documentary tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread – a gay child.
Friday, June 24
4pm The Day It Snowed In Miami
This documentary traces the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami, and how it galvanized the gay rights movement in Florida and beyond.
Saturday, June 25
5pm America ReFramed: Vegas Baby
The film follows several desperate, but aspiring parents, who enter in-vitro fertilization contest in the hopes of finally having a baby.