The story of our Community is vibrant, tragic, heroic, harrowing, but largely unknown to most Americans. Sadly, this is also true for most LGBT+ Americans, especially the younger generations, who are unaware of the great and courageous shoulders upon which they stand. With Pride 2021 only a few weeks away, the timing of a new docu-series about the history of our Community could not be better and it premieres tonight Friday, May 14th and is available the next day to stream.
Here’s how FX describes PRIDE.
“From Emmy® Award-winning Killer Films (This American Life, Mildred Pierce) and Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winning VICE Studios (Flee, The Report) comes PRIDE, a six-part documentary series chronicling the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America from the 1950s through the 2000s.
Seven renowned LGBTQ+ directors explore heroic and heartbreaking stories that define us as a nation. The limited series spans the FBI surveillance of homosexuals during the 1950s Lavender Scare to the “Culture Wars” of the 1990s and beyond, exploring the queer legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the battle over marriage equality.”
“Featuring little-known characters such as Madeleine Tress or 1980s videographer Nelson Sullivan who chronicled a vanishing downtown New York City during the AIDS epidemic, the series also features international figures such as Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, writer Audre Lorde and Senators Tammy Baldwin and Lester Hunt. The evolution of trans rights and identities through the decades is charted through interviews and archival footage of pioneers including Christine Jorgensen, Flawless Sabrina, Ceyenne Doroshow, Susan Stryker, Kate Bornstein, Dean Spade and Raquel Willis.”
“If we can’t have a conversation with our past, what will our future be? Who are we? And more importantly: Who will we become?”
– Matthew Lopez, The Inheritance