Celebrate Pride in June: Documentaries and More

June 1, 2022
Two young women sit side by side in a hospital bed. One has a patch on her neck; the other holds a pillow on her lap. Both wear t-shirts

Alana and Lori in the hospital recovery room on It’s a Match.

Pride Month on THIRTEEN, the New York City tri-state area PBS station, celebrates LGBTQIA+ stories, communities, and people with broadcast premieres and encores; most shows stream on the PBS and THIRTEEN Explore apps.

In a wide selection of documentaries airing in June, meet the New Jersey doctor who led the battle against childhood AIDS; a unique retirement community that LGBTQIA+ residents can truly call home; and a young couple whose journey includes love, medicine, and miracles. See the television schedule of June Pride programs, below.

Monday, June 6 at 10 p.m.

The Lavender Scare (Broadcast Only!)

Black and white photo collage with US Capitol dome and two couples to either side and the words The Lavender Scare
Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of LGBTQIA+ federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. Read about the people who were fired and fought back against the government witch hunt.

Wednesday, June 8 at 10 p.m.

Don Quixote in Newark

Using live action and animations, Don Quixote in Newark tells the inspiring story of James Oleske. Oleske was a pediatric immunologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark in the early 1980s when he made the startling observation that his young patients were showing signs of the new and unknown syndrome (HIV/AIDS) that had recently discovered in gay men and intravenous drug users. Experts in the field told him it was medically impossible, and the press labeled him an alarmist. But he persisted, conducting painstaking frontline research and eventually establishing the first major Pediatric AIDS program in the country. His scientific breakthrough, the outcome of dedicated work in an underfunded community hospital, changed the profile of AIDS forever and was instrumental in the discovery of the HIV virus. At the same time, his remarkable work spearheaded new forms of patient care for all. Stream the film now.

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Friday, June 10 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Mika – Live at the Paris Philharmonic (9 p.m.)

Within a dark concert hall, a man raises his arms while singing. His silver-pattern suit jacket is in motion and three other people are on stage with him.

Mika performs at the Le Philharmonie de Paris in 2021.

Enjoy the sold-out 2021 concert of Mika (pronounced Me-ka) at Le Philharmonie de Paris, featuring a full orchestra, choral singers, and special guests. When the Lebanese-born British singer-songwriter burst onto the music scene in 2007 with his debut album Life in Cartoon Motion and the chart-topping hit single “Grace Kelly,” Q Magazine declared, “It is, triumphantly, among the most camp mainstream pop records ever made.”

The glittery, glamorous style of the classically trained global superstar has earned him comparisons to Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and Rufus Wainwright. In this special he performs “Toy Boy,” “Tiny Love,” and other hit songs. THIRTEEN is proud to present this special acquisition. See Schedule for all air dates and stream on THIRTEEN Specials starting June 10 at 9 p.m.

American Masters – Ballerina Boys (10 p.m.)

This dance-filled documentary from THIRTEEN’s national series American Masters features an all-male ballet dance troupe whose origins and home is New York City, despite its name: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (“The Trocks”). For over 45 years the company has shared their signature style and message of equality, inclusion and social justice with audiences around the world. The men perform classical ballet en pointe and in drag, challenging the art form’s rigid gender norms as they mix rigorous technique with comedy and satire. Stream now.

Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m.

It’s a Match (Broadcast Only!)

Set on Long Island, It’s a Match tells the heartwarming story of Alana and Lori – two women in their 20s looking for love online when a casualright swipe made a match that would bind them together forever. Within a few weeks of meeting, Lori learned that Alana – who has lupus – has been on a wait list to receive a life-saving kidney transplant for years. Against all odds, Lori learns she is a candidate for donation and decides to bestow Alana with the ultimate gift. The documentary follows the pair throughout the organ donation process, from doctor appointments through their surgeries at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 p.m.

The Lodge

Three elderly women in rainbow attire stand next to bicycles with three signs that spell out Dykes On Bikes. They raise their fists in the air

Screenshot from The Lodge.

Get an inside look at Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, California, a first-of-its-kind retirement community created in 2013 for LGBTQIA+ seniors and their straight allies. According to filmmaker Pam Walton, who has lived at Fountaingrove since 2017 with her spouse Ruth Carranza, one-third of LGBTQIA+ seniors over 50 expect to hide their sexual identity if they move to a retirement community. “LGBTQ+ couples are often not allowed to room with each other. The loneliness and isolation of aging are often compounded by discrimination,” she said in an interview with SAGE National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging. Stream The Lodge now.

Monday, June 20, at 10 p.m.

Independent Lens: Cured

When doctors classified homosexuality as a mental illness to be “cured,” they employed cruel treatments like electroshock and lobotomies. LGBTQIA+ activists and their allies fought back — and won a momentous victory when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental disorders in 1973.

Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m.

True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs

Stage and film star Harvey Fierstein hosts True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs , a festive Pride celebration filled with uplifting stories and songs. Fierstein hosts the documentary segments with performances by Indigo Girls; drag artists Peppermint (host of American Masters – Masters of Drag), Alexis Michelle, and Jujubee; Glee star Chris Colfer; trans opera singer Breanna Sinclairé; and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner André de Shields. Stream now.