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WPBS Celebrates Pride Month with Special Programming in June 2024

WATERTOWN, NY (June 3, 2024) – June is Pride month and WPBS is marking the occasion with a lineup of programs celebrating the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ communities, including:

Tuesday, June 11th

WPBS Weekly: Inside the Stories (7:30 pm)

The Q Center at ACR Health in Watertown is a safe space for LGBTQ individuals, their families, and allies to gather, share, and receive support.

Tuesday, June 18th

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution – Part 1 – Rock the Boat (9:00 pm)

Explore the origin of a global music phenomenon born among gay and black communities coming together in apartments and basement bars in 1970s New York, where dance floors became a platform in their battle for visibility and inclusion.

Sunday, June 23rd

Sister Eileen & Her Boyz: An HIV in the Rust Belt Story (12 noon)

A Catholic Sister working for the Toledo, Ohio diocese reflects on her ministry to gay men during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The Lodge (12:30 pm)

Go inside the historic first-of-its kind retirement community especially created for LGBTQ seniors and their allies.

All We’ve Got (1:00 pm)

More than 100 bars, bookstores, art and community spaces where LGBTQ+ women gather have closed in the past decade. Join us as we travel the country to find out why these spaces matter and how some are managing to survive despite the odds.

Outrage of Danny Sotomayor: American Stories (2:00 pm)

Danny Sotomayor – an openly gay AIDS activist, political cartoonist, and organizer – took to the streets, using civil disobedience to wage war on city officials who marginalized the LGBTQ community, and turned a blind eye to the AIDS crisis – all while fighting a losing battle with the disease himself.

Out in Rural America (3:00 pm)

Following five stories from the LGBTQ+ community over a six-year period, this film explores the struggles and joys of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer in rural America.

Tuesday, June 25th

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution – Part 2 – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (9:00 pm)

Experience the pinnacle of disco culture during the 1970s, set against the backdrop of black power and sexual liberation. As disco conquers the mainstream, Black women and gay men rise as superstars and icons.

Tuesday, July 2nd

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution – Part 3 – Stayin’ Alive (9:00 pm)

Disco seemed untouchable by the end of the 1970s, but an incited violent backlash led to its demise. The final episode documents the wellspring of resentment from white, straight, male-dominated, rock-loving middle Americans, as they targeted disco for its hedonism, femininity, and queerness.

  

PRIDE EVENT:

WPBS-TV is proud to support our LGBTQIA+ Community by attending Watertown Pride 2024 on Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Visit the WPBS table inside the Paddock Arcade in Public Square, downtown Watertown for information on June Pride Programming and PBS Pride goodies. For more information, please visit https://watertownnypride.org/.

Visit www.wpbstv.org/events to learn more about upcoming events across our region. Download the WPBS Mobile App to access the WPBS events calendar and more on the go.

 

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