Heritage Month
Arizona Public Media Celebrates Pride Month throughout June
LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.

In the years since the Stonewall riots, inspired activists have formed LGBTQIA civil rights organizations across the country and the Pride celebrations that take place every June are a reminder that the movement for equality continues today. (Source: Library of Congress, PBS.org)
Feature Katrina Folson, the youth advocate for 'Friends Advocating Mutual Individuality by Loving Yourself', gave out flyers for the LGBTQ+ support group during the Tohono O'odham Nation's first Pride event June 28, 2019. (PHOTO: Emma Gibson/AZPM)
Highlights
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PBS Celebrates LGBTQ+ Stories During Pride MonthPBS.org In celebration of Pride Month, PBS will present an engaging slate of programming in June that spotlights LGBTQ+ stories and voices on both broadcast and digital platforms. Explore More
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Pride Month NPR Special SeriesNPR.org June marks Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQ people and to reflect on the global movement that pushes for full and equal rights for members of the community. Explore More
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Understanding LGBTQ+ IdentityPBS LearningMedia This toolkit for Educators offers a series of digital media resources to help teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. Explore More
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Youth Crossing Gender BordersAZPM.org A special series that originally aired on "Arizona Spotlight" explores the landscape of young people and gender identity. Explore More
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Pride Month CollectionPBS.org Spotlighting LGBTQ+ stories and voices on broadcast and digital platforms. Explore More
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride MonthLibrary of Congress The legacy of LGBTQ individuals is being discovered by interested readers and seasoned researchers perusing unparalleled global collections. The acquisition of historic material and the ongoing program of copyright deposits will continue to enrich the Library’s holdings of LGBTQ materials. Explore More
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Pride Month ResourcesLibrary of Congress An introduction into the excellent collection of LGBTQ+ resources available at the Library of Congress. Explore More
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University of Arizona LGBTQ Affairslgbtq.arizona.edu Creating a safe space for thousands of University of Arizona students through programs, trainings, events, and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center in the Student Union. Explore More
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Tucson Pridetucsonpride.org Arizona's oldest LGBT organization. Founded 1977. Our mission is to unify, celebrate and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community of Southern Arizona through advocacy, education, leadership and support. Explore More
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LGBTQ RightsArizona ACLU Dedicated to protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the state. Explore More
Features
StoryLittle Richard: King and Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience the meteoric rise and enduring legacy of Little Richard. Now streaming.
StoryFanny: The Right to Rock Revered by David Bowie, meet the most groundbreaking rock group you've never heard of... yet. Now streaming.
StoryINDEPENDENT LENS: Mama Bears They call one another “mama bears” because of the ferocity with which they fight for their children’s rights. Available to stream starting June 20.
StoryTrue Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs Celebrate Pride Month with musical performances and with real-life stories of hope hosted by Jeopardy’s Amy Schneider. Now streaming.
StoryAMERICAN MASTERS Joe Papp in Five Acts Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater created a 'theater of inclusion' based on the belief that great art is for everyone. Now streaming.
StoryPOV Out in the Night In New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. This is their story. Now streaming.
StoryPrideland See how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically in the modern South. Now streaming.
StoryFRONTLINE Growing Up Trans FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families. Now streaming.
StoryAMERICAN MASTERS Ballerina Boys Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy. Now streaming.
StoryINDEPENDENT LENS Senior Prom For residents of an LGBTQ+ retirement home, “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning. Now streaming.
StoryINDEPENDENT LENS When I'm Her When I'm Her follows the double life of a dancer who inhabits an alter ego. Now streaming.
StoryINDEPENDENT LENS Real Boy The coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. Now streaming.
StoryLA: A Queer History Sheds light on historical figures who are largely unacknowledged, creating a newfound dialogue about LGBTQ history and the roots of "gay culture" born in Los Angeles. Now streaming.
StoryMama Gloria Gloria Allen is a 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. Now streaming.
StoryPOV Reluctantly Queer A young gay man from Ghana struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his sexuality through a series of letters. Now streaming.
Stories
Celebrate Pride Month with this collection of stories from AZPM.
American Red Cross holds first LGBTQ+ blood drive in ArizonaAmerican Red Cross holds first LGBTQ+ blood drive in Arizona The blood drive took place during Tucson's pride festival.
Remembering Matthew Shepard 25 years later.Remembering Matthew Shepard 25 years later. Also on Arizona Spotlight: True Concord Voices & Orchestra celebrates their 20th season with "Songs of America" featuring the work of Raven Chacon; and, Stories the Soar!
The musical passion of Kid Congo Powers.The musical passion of Kid Congo Powers. Also on Arizona Spotlight: Chris Carlone on his new film exploring Tucson's punk rock past; and how the community of Bisbee is working to support wildlife in cooperation with the Arizona Wildlife Federation.
Arizona schools chief targets transgender students and bathrooms Arizona schools chief targets transgender students and bathrooms In a Thursday press release, Tom Horne said parents are expressing concerns over allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity.
The Buzz: how LGBTQ+ youth find empowerment in drag as their rights face political backlashThe Buzz: how LGBTQ+ youth find empowerment in drag as their rights face political backlash The Buzz shares the story of recent high school graduate who found comfort in drag and discusses with a political scientist about the othering of groups for political advantage.
Judge blocks AZ law, transgender girls now allowed to compete on women's school sports teamsJudge blocks AZ law, transgender girls now allowed to compete on women's school sports teams The preliminary injunction comes as some school districts start heading back.
Diversity, Belonging and Celebration: Queer AF rocks Pride Month. Diversity, Belonging and Celebration: Queer AF rocks Pride Month. Also on Arizona Spotlight: How Southern Arizona Senior Pride serves Tucson's LGBTQIA+ elders; Marilyn Heins MD shares some lessons learned from losing her husband to Alzheimer’s Disease; and, Stories that Soar! brings some summer heat.
A journey of survival and love: Venezuelan asylum seeker flees bigotry and perseveres for a new life in the United StatesA journey of survival and love: Venezuelan asylum seeker flees bigotry and perseveres for a new life in the United States Reydi shares his journey of political persecution in Venezuela, escaping homophobic attacks in Ecuador, treacherous migration through Central America and Mexico, and finally reuniting with his partner in the United States, where they hope to gain asylum.
Hobbs signs executive orders protecting and expanding access for LGBTQ+ ArizonansHobbs signs executive orders protecting and expanding access for LGBTQ+ Arizonans The two executive orders will bar state resources from being used to support conversion therapy and protect access to gender-affirming care for state employees.
"The Legend of Georgia McBride" and the art of drag."The Legend of Georgia McBride" and the art of drag. Also on Arizona Spotlight: Students build skill and character playing wheelchair basketball; a review of the documentary "Feelings are Facts" and an interview with filmmaker Jack Walsh; and, an amphibious love story from "Stories That Soar!"
AZ school superintendent looks to keep restrictions on trans athletesAZ school superintendent looks to keep restrictions on trans athletes In a complaint filed last month, two Arizona families claim that current state statute violates federal nondiscrimination laws and the U.S. Constitution.
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