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While Pride Month 2021 will look a lot different than 2020 — being able to celebrate outside, safely, with other people is always welcome — networks and streaming services will have plenty of LGBTQ+–friendly content available to watch in the comfort of your own home if that’s what you prefer. From streaming content hubs featuring content by, about, and starring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer talent to TV premieres (naturally there is a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race debuting this month), you’ll be covered.
Read on for the month’s best TV and streaming highlights. We’ll add more throughout the month as we get word of new premiere dates.
The streaming service is highlighting its expansive library of LGBTQIA+ stories, characters, and creators on this Pride Month spotlight page. Get exclusive access to concerts, never before seen clips and interviews within the “Your Pass to Pride 2021” Collection, produced by Human by Orientation, an HBO Max initiative that elevates and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and encourages people to express their proudest, queerest selves. This June catch music performances from artists like King Princess, VINCINT, Raveena, Soccer Mommy, and MUNA, queer comedy specials from Meg Stalter, Ashley Ray among others, exclusive behind-the-scenes conversations from HBO Max originals like Hacks, drag performances from the queens of We’re Here, artist spotlights and more. The Shine On collection will spotlight series including Veneno, It’s A Sin, We Are Who We Are, Equal, Euphoria, Legendary and We’re Here, documentaries including Welcome to Chechnya, The Trans List, Wig, A Family Is a Family Is a Family, Larry Kramer In Love & Anger and more.
Hulu’s yearlong hub of LGBTQ+ content is expanding to include 12 collections including new Trans Stories and Multicultural Stories collections. The hub features dozens of favorite series and films, including Changing the Game, a new original documentary about trans athletes, the second season of Love, Victor on June 11, FX documentary series Pride, and more (Plan B, Shrill, Cowboys, The Birdcage, and more).
Celebrate Pride month on Netflix by bingeing critically acclaimed LGBTQ+ stories including Schitt’s Creek, Grace and Frankie, One Day at a Time, Pose, Queer Eye, Special, Orange Is the New Black, Master of None‘s third season, and more.
Stream more than 50 hours of programming for free throughout the month of June, including The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q, Queer As Folk, Work in Progress, XY Chelsea, selected episodes of Jesus & Mero and more.
The streaming service’s June programming includes a curated collection featuring LGBTQ+ storylines, characters and talent from across the portfolio, from Star Trek to RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Celebrate Pride Month through June with titles including Kinky Boots, C.O.G. (starring Jonathan Groff), The Ellen Show, and the documentary Secret Disco Revolution.
Kick off Pride season during the weekend of June 4-6 with iHeartMedia and P&G’s “Can’t Cancel Pride” concert, a special Director’s Cut screening of But I’m a Cheerleader, and concluding with Revry Presents House of Pride Brought to You by McDonald’s, a special is hosted by Manilla Luzon, Shar Jossel, and Ryan Mitchell, and includes performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race alums, LaLa Ri and Laganja Estranja; Andro Gin; Shea Diamond; Sam Tsui; Emily Vu; Violet Grae; HBO Max’s Legendary winners, the House of Balmain; and comedians AB Farrelly and Irene Tu.
Catch a wide range of programming honoring LGBTQ+ voices, including the premiere of Jack & Yaya, about two transgender best friends celebrating their thirtieth year of friendship, Mama Gloria, about 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist Gloria Allen, and more.
Tuesday, June 1
Senior Prom, PBS Short Docs
Thursday, June 3
Friday, June 4
Pride On! Kehlani & Larray’s Excellent Pride Ride — Throughout the uplifting special, Grammy-nominated R&B superstar Kehlani and digital creator Larray travel around Los Angeles in a fabulously-decorated double-decker bus to see how people are celebrating Pride Month this year in lieu of the usual festivities, all while exploring the magic and beauty when we all come together. The special is hosted by Kehlani and Larray and features appearances from Alaska Thunderf**k, Hayley Kiyoko, JoJo Siwa, Kai Wes, La Demi, Laith Ashley, Manila Luzon, Mario Selman, Nikita Dragun, Larray’s grandmother Paulette Dowd, Ravon, and more. 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET, Facebook Watch.
Ballerina Boys — This American Masters documentary is a portrait of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (“The Trocks”), an all-male ballet company that performs classical ballet en pointe and in drag, challenging the art form’s rigid gender norms as they mix rigorous technique with comedy and satire. 9 p.m., PBS
American Masters — Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives, PBS
Sunday, June 6
90 Day Journey: Pride Month — Watch 90 Day couples’ love stories from the beginning to present day, including fan favorite storylines for 90 Day couples Kenny and Armando and Stephanie and Erika. Discovery+
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story — Based on the memoir Saving Alex, the film follows the harrowing journey of 15-year-old Alex (Addison Holley), who, after revealing she was gay to her devout Mormon parents, was sent away and trapped for eight months in conversion therapy. 10 a.m., Lifetime
Friday, June 11
Monday, June 14
Rurangi: Season 1, Hulu
Tuesday, June 15
Thursday, June 17
Friday, June 18
Sunday, June 20
Prayers for Bobby — Sigourney Weaver stars as Mary Griffith, a profoundly religious wife and mother who began to question her faith after the suicide of her gay son Bobby (Ryan Kelley). Ultimately, with the posthumous acceptance of her son’s homosexuality, Mary drew on the strength and comfort from the gay community, particularly PFLAG, and became a staunch advocate for gay rights before passing away in 2020. 10 a.m., Lifetime
Monday, June 21
When I’m Her, PBS Short Docs
Tuesday, June 22
Thursday, June 24
Friday, June 25
YouTube Pride 2021 — Celebrity emcees Demi Lovato, Olly Alexander with Mawaan Rizwan, Trixie Mattel, and Daniel Howell will each host Pride parties from their respective YouTube channels in the YouTube Originals global pride event benefiting LGBTQ+ youth. Throughout musical performances, giving challenges, special guests, live moments and much more, viewers will be encouraged to help the LGBTQ+ community by raising funds for The Trevor Project in the US and akt in the UK. 12 p.m. PT, YouTube.
Saturday, June 26
American Masters: Charley Pride “I’m Just Me,” PBS.com