Celebrating Pride

Elisa Lichtenbaum | May 22, 2019

This June, millions of people will flock to New York City for WorldPride, a global celebration of LGBTQ rights, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village that sparked the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. Get in the spirit for these historic festivities with our LGBTQ Pride Month programming. These premieres and encores are part of THIRTEEN Celebrates the Summer of ’69: 50 Years Later, a multiplatform experience celebrating the golden anniversaries of pivotal moments in U.S. history.


The Imperial Court Council

Khmera Rouge and Kevin Lisle Coronation

Khmera Rouge and Kevin Lisle Coronation seen in 50 Years of Fabulous.

50 Years of Fabulous (Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 p.m.) recounts the history of The Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world, founded in San Francisco by activist and drag performer José Sarria in 1965. Now known as the International Court System, the charity network has 70 chapters, including two in New York and one in Connecticut.

On June 27, 2019, the Stonewall Inn will unveil the new National LGBTQ Wall of Honor, a project of The International Imperial Courts of the U.S.A, Canada and Mexico and the National LGBTQ Task Force.


Journalist Ann Curry reunites people whose lives were changed by the early gay rights movement in a special Coming Out (Tuesday, June 11, 8 p.m.) episode of 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. See all episodes of We’ll Meet Again on demand with the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport.


In honor of Stonewall 50, we present an encore of American Experience: Stonewall Uprising (Tuesday, June 11, 9 p.m.), a landmark film told by those who took part in or witnessed this momentous event – Stonewall patrons, police detectives, journalists, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and more. Stream the documentary now. See all episodes of American Experience.

Fighting the Government and Job Discrimination

The Lavender Scare (Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m.), narrated by Glenn Close, tells the story of the four-decades-long witch hunt that began in 1953 when President Eisenhower declared homosexuals “security risks” and ordered the firing of government employees suspected of being gay or lesbian. Native New Yorker and early gay rights advocate Frank Kameny features prominently in the film.

Theater and Storytelling

Fans of THIRTEEN’s Theater Close-Up series can enjoy Buyer & Cellar (Monday, June 10, 9 p.m.), starring Michael Urie as a struggling actor who works in the basement mall in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu mansion. See all the Off-Broadway productions of Theater Close-Up, available exclusively to those in the THIRTEEN broadcast area.

American Masters — Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life (Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m.) is a new documentary that lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and four-time Tony Award-winning writer Terrance McNally. Learn more about the playwright and what his admirers have to say about him in this THIRTEEN blog feature. The film can be streamed here, beginning June 14 at 9 p.m.

Laughter abounds in Vicious Special (Friday, June 21, 10 p.m.), the uproarious Britcom starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. The special charts a year in the life of Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet (Frances de la Tour) moves on from her divorce and Ash (Iwan Rheon) arrives with news. Stream episodes of Vicious on demand with the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport.

Love, faith and civil rights collide in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as evangelical Christians and drag queens join forces in POV: The Gospel of Eureka (Monday, June 24, 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN; Tuesday, June 25, 9 p.m. on ALL ARTS). See all episodes of POV.

Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Friday, June 28, 9 p.m.) spotlights Armistead Maupin, creator of the groundbreaking Tales of the City series. See all Independent Lens films.

Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, and Andrew Rannells star in an encore of Live From Lincoln Center: Falsettos (Friday, June 7, 9 p.m.), a musical set during the emerging AIDS crisis. See all Live From Lincoln Center concerts and productions and read more about Falsettos, Then and Now.

THIRTEEN Celebrates the Summer of ’69: 50 Years Later is a multiplatform experience celebrating the golden anniversaries of pivotal moments in U.S. history.

Check the THIRTEEN.org schedule for all broadcast dates and encores.