Celebrate Pride in June: Documentaries and More | THIRTEEN


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

Pride Month on THIRTEEN, New York’s tri-state area PBS station, celebrates LGBTQIA+ stories, communities and people with premieres and encores aired; 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 June Pride programs TV schedule below.

Monday, June 6 at 10 p.m.

Fear of Lavender (broadcast only!)

Collage of black and white photos with the dome of the United States Capitol and two couples on either side and the words The Lavender Scare
Discover the untold story of how tens of thousands of LGBTQIA+ federal workers were fired or denied jobs in the 1950s, sparking outrage in the gay community and starting a movement for LGBTQ rights with an unlikely hero in the foreground. Learn about the people who were fired and fought back against the government’s witch hunt.

Wednesday, June 8 at 10 p.m. (Broadcast only!)

Using live actions 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 been discovered in homosexual men and intravenous drugs. users. Experts in the field told him it was medically impossible and the press called him an alarmist. But he persisted, conducting painstaking front-line research and eventually establishing the first major pediatric AIDS program in the country. His scientific breakthrough, the result of dedicated work in an underfunded community hospital, forever changed the profile of AIDS and contributed to the discovery of the HIV virus. At the same time, his remarkable work has spearheaded new forms of patient care for all.


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

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

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

Mika is performing at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2021.

Enjoy Mika’s (pronounced Me-ka) sold-out 2021 concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, featuring a full orchestra, backing vocals and special guests. When the Lebanese-born British singer-songwriter burst onto the music scene in 2007 with his debut album cartoon moving life and the hit single “Grace Kelly”, Q Magazine said, “It is, triumphantly, one of the most popular pop records ever made.”

The glittering and 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 the schedule for all release dates.

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

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

Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m.

It’s a match (broadcast only!)

Located on Long Island, It’s a game tells the heartwarming story of Alana and Lori – two women in their twenties looking for love online when a simple right swipe made a match that would bond them forever. Weeks after the encounter, Lori learned that Alana – who suffers from lupus – had been on a waiting list for a lifesaving kidney transplant for years. Against all odds, Lori learns that she’s a donation candidate and decides to give Alana the ultimate gift. The documentary follows the couple through the organ donation process, from doctor’s appointments to their surgeries at Stony Brook University Hospital.

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

The cottage

Three older women in rainbow outfits stand next to bicycles with three signs reading Dykes On Bikes.  They raise their fists in the air

Screenshot of the Lodge.

Step inside Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, California, a one-of-a-kind retirement community established in 2013 for LGBTQIA+ seniors and their straight allies. According to filmmaker Pam Walton, who has lived in Fountaingrove since 2017 with his wife Ruth Carranza, a third of older LGBTQIA+ people over the age of 50 expect to hide their gender identity if they move to a retirement community. “LGBTQ+ couples are often not allowed to live together. The loneliness and isolation of aging is often compounded by discrimination,” she said in an interview with the SAGE National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging. Flow The cottage now.

Monday June 20, at 10 p.m.

Independent lens: hardened

When doctors classified homosexuality as a “curable” mental illness, they used 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 mental disorder handbook 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 – Drag Masters), Alexis Michelle and Jujubee; Joy star Chris Colfer; trans opera singer Breanna Sinclairé; and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner André de Shields.


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