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Celebrate Pride Month this June and everyday with Houston Public Media.

Explore our collection of films, series, radio programs, news articles and more that dive into the LGBTQQIP2SAA experience in the United States and around the world.

Want to understand what LGBTQQIP2SAA stands for? Click on each letter to understand each term accurately.



Female-identified person who is sexually and romantically attracted to other women.


Male-identified person who is sexually and romantically attracted to other men.


Once defined as romantically or sexually attracted to men and women, many bisexuals today say they are attracted to all genders and/or sexes.


A person whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.


An umbrella term that includes all sexual and gender minorities, including those that do not fit into, or reach beyond, the LGBT terms.


Someone who is exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.


People born with anatomy or chromosomal makeup that doesn’t correspond to male or female.


Can be attracted to members of all gender identities and biological sexes.

Two Spirit

A term some indigenous people use to describe their gender, sexual or spiritual identity.


Does not experience sexual attraction, but can have a romantic, emotional, or aesthetic attraction to another person.


Does not identify as LGBTQ, but supports the rights and safety of those who do.

I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases.

I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

Host Eddie Robinson explores fatherhood through surrogacy as a single, gay man and takes us on a personal, yet emotional journey in fulfilling a promise to his own dad who died unexpectedly.

Listen now to a preview for this powerful episode airing Saturday, June 19 at 1pm on News 88.7. You can subscribe to the podcast here.


Town Square with Ernie Manouse

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

Chaz Bono On Falling In Love With Acting And Being Himself

Children who grow up in the public eye may struggle to find who they are under the watchful, and often judgmental, eye of the public.

For Chaz Bono, that struggle was heightened by the incredible fame of his parents and by the knowledge that he was different- that he was a little boy in the body of a little girl. The acting was one of the first ways he understood what he truly was.

“At the time I didn’t know what was going on with me,” said Bono. “But in my senior year, in our big production that we do there, I got cast in a male role and it was the first time that I ever felt like I really knew what I was doing.”

Bono publicly announced his intention to transition from female to male at age 41, which he documented on Becoming Chaz in 2011, as a way to control the narrative of his own life and support others who are also transitioning.


What Are The Issues Facing The Transgender Community — And What Do They Mean For Texans?

Body characteristics and gender are not always the same thing.

For some, how they self-identify is in contrast to the characteristics with which they were born — a sense of being “trapped” in a body that doesn’t reflect how they truly see themselves.

This is an over-simplified way of describing an extremely complicated issue. And because of that, some feel decisions on how to deal with it all shouldn’t be voted on.

The Texas Capitol considered a number of bills that would legislate how issues surrounding transgender individuals should be handled — from exclusion from certain activities to medical care to legal action against parents.

We explore what it means to be transgender, and experts field listeners’ questions.


LGBTQ Community Bands Together To Outlive Pandemic and Prejudices

The Montrose Center opened Texas’s first LGBTQ-friendly retirement home, Law Harrington Senior Living Center, and residents are already moving in. The 112 unit facility broke ground in 2017.

And, the LGBTQ community faces additional challenges and concerns about their safety during the pandemic. Caller Christina explained how she had to hide her gender identity in order to provide for herself and her family as jobs are scarce.


Houston Matters with Craig Cohen

Houston Matters with Craig Cohen is the region’s essential daily guide to the people, places, issues, and ideas that define Greater Houston.

The Human Toll of Legislation Affecting Transgender Youth

As the Texas Legislature contemplates proposed bills affecting transgender youth, it’s easy to get swept up in the policy debate and miss the human impact of such bills. The Houston Chronicle’s Gabrielle Banks spoke with the families of two transgender children in Houston about that impact. She joins along with two parents of transgender children.


Engines of Our Ingenuity

The Engines of Our Ingenuity is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by Houston Public Media.

The Power of Pink

We tend to think of pink as a feminine color, but that wasn’t always the case. In Europe before the twentieth century, it was common to dress boys in pink and girls in baby blue. This was because pink, as a shade of red, was deemed the color of ruddy potency, while blue has a long Christian association with virginity.

Today, however, LGBTQ groups have reappropriated pink triangles as emblems of pride, as have women’s rights and related movements, like breast cancer awareness, which choose pink as the banner of their collective identity.


Local Programming

Murder in Montrose: The Paul Broussard Legacy

Twenty five years ago, Paul Broussard, a 27 year old gay man, was murdered on the streets of Houston, sparking a deafening outcry.

The crime served as a wake-up call that highlighted all of the harassment and mistreatment experienced by the LGBTQ community. Through the documentary and a follow up live town hall, Houston Public Media explores the aftermath of this pivotal event — from civil unrest to hate crime legislation; from victim’s rights to political activism, Houston and the nation would never be the same again.

Houston Public Media Newsroom

The Houston Public Media Newsroom is focused on delivering high quality local, regional and national content that highlights the voices and stories of all communities. Below are recent stories covering the LGBTQ+ community.

Texas Bills Targeting Transgender Health Care For Children Stall This Session

After missing a key deadline, six bills seeking to ban transgender health care now appear to have died this legislative session. But advocates aren’t celebrating yet.

Texas Advocates Worry Misinformation Is Driving Proposed Ban On Trans Care For Kids

Many GOP lawmakers at a recent House Committee hearing openly stated they were unfamiliar with the nuances of trans health care.

Vengeance Or Politics? Houston Democrat Explains Why He Advanced Bill Targeting Transgender Athletes, Other GOP Priorities

As a powerful committee chairman, Harold Dutton could have bottled up legislation that Democrats opposed. Instead, critics say, he’s pushed through Republican bills that Democrats find objectionable.

Time Runs Out On Texas House Bill Banning Gender Confirmation Health Care For Kids, But Another Attempt Lives On In The Senate

House Bill 1399 would have banned gender confirmation surgery, hormone therapy and puberty suppression treatments for Texas’ transgender children.

Houston Democrat Revives Texas Bill Restricting Transgender Students’ Sports Participation In Apparent Act of Retaliation Against His Party

The bill previously lacked the votes to advance out of House committee. After House Democrats spiked one of his bills, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, revived it.

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Over California Travel Ban

The court refused to consider Texas’ challenge to California’s ban on state-funded business trips to Texas and other states deemed to discriminate against LGBTQ people. California adopted the ban following a 2017 Texas law that allows foster care and adoption agencies to deny services for religious beliefs.

Now Streaming


Man in an Orange Shirt

Man in an Orange Shirt

Two love stories, 60 years apart, chart the changes and challenges in gay lives in England — from the era of jail terms to the onset of dating apps. Vanessa Redgrave stars in this drama scripted by best-selling novelist Patrick Gale.

When Did You Become Gay?

When Did You Become Gay?

Take a closer look at the words used to describe LGBTQA communities through storytelling, analysis, and humor. This episode explores sexuality, gender fluidity, and the language used to describe LGBTQA communities from three unique perspectives: an activist (Kristin Russo), a professor (Moya Bailey), and a media personality (Tyler Ford).

First Person

First Person

First Person is a new show about gender identity, sexuality and queer community. Hosted by Kristin Russo of Everyone is Gay on PBS Digital Studios.

Growing Up Trans

Growing Up Trans

Growing Up Trans is an intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Out and Proud in Chicago

Out & Proud in Chicago

Out & Proud in Chicago examines the history of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Presented by WTTW.

The Day It Snowed in Miami

The Day It Snowed in Miami

An Emmy-winning documentary that traces the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami, and how it galvanized the gay rights movement in Florida and beyond.

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness pulls a couple out of their comfort zone and drops them at the crossroads of commitment, disaster and the art of being prepared. A short film by UCLA student Melissa Finell. Made as part of KQED’s Film School Shorts.

POV Pride Month Playlist

June is Pride Month, promoting the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of LGBTQ+ people from all backgrounds. Watch the following films that spotlight unique LQBTQ+ stories and perspectives. Check out these POV titles and more, streaming on our homepage and by downloading the PBS app.

Scout’s Honor

To be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight — this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can’t. Witness how a 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy. From Petaluma, California to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor.

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death at a time when having AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute – is a cautionary tale of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.


In the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, Mexico, the world is not divided simply into men and women. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes” — men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between the two genders.

Reluctantly Queer

A young gay man from Ghana struggles to reconcile his sexuality and love for his mother through a series of letters in this deceptively simple yet powerful piece.

TV 8 Programming


American Masters

Ballerina Boys

Friday, June 4 – 8pm

Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy. With every step they poke fun at their strictly gendered art form.


Friday, June 4 – 9pm

Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South.


US | Part 1

Sunday, June 20 – 8pm

In a drama tinged with humor and heartbreak, Tom Hollander (Baptiste, The Night Manager) and Saskia Reeves (Luther) play a couple who embark on a long-planned grand tour of Europe, despite the wife’s wrenching proclamation that she wants to leave the marriage. The two-part series is based on a novel by best-selling author David Nicholls. The Daily Telegraph called it a “brilliantly witty and heartfelt drama about a family on the edge.”

In Part 1, Connie tells Douglas she wants to end their 20-year marriage, but not before they take a European vacation with Albie, their rebellious teenage son.

Lavender Scar

Sunday, June 27 – 2:30pm

Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.

Out in Rural America

Sunday, June 27 – 3:30pm

OUT IN RURAL AMERICA is a film that explores the struggles and joys of being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and genderqueer in rural America. Following five stories from the LGBTQ+ community over six years, the film explores the issues of self-doubt, discrimination, acceptance, and small-town and Midwestern LGBTQ+ life from a cultural, social, familial, and religious perspective.


US | Part 2

Sunday, June 27 – 8pm

In a drama tinged with humor and heartbreak, Tom Hollander (Baptiste, The Night Manager) and Saskia Reeves (Luther) play a couple who embark on a long-planned grand tour of Europe, despite the wife’s wrenching proclamation that she wants to leave the marriage. The two-part series is based on a novel by best-selling author David Nicholls. The Daily Telegraph called it a “brilliantly witty and heartfelt drama about a family on the edge.”

Searching for Albie in Venice, Douglas makes a new friend, Freja. Later, he lands in jail. Back in England, Connie wonders what’s going on.

American Experience

Stonewall Uprising

Monday, June 28 – 9:30pm

Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy. With every step they poke fun at their strictly gendered art form.

Please see our TV 8 Programming Guide for additional airings of select programs.

Learning Resources

Houston Public Media and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for students, parents and teachers. Below are just a selection from many of these online learning resources.

From Stonewall Riots to Raves: How Did Pride Become a Parade? | Origin of Everything

June is Pride Month and, if not for the coronavirus, streets around the world would be filled with the LGBTQIA Community living loud and proud. But how did the New York City Stonewall Riots turn into a month-long celebration? And specifically, how did we get from picketed protests like the Annual Reminder in Philadelphia to massive parades and parties around the world?

Black Trans Perspectives and the Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots | PBS NewsHour

June is Pride Month — a month to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. This month comes on the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests started by a black transgender woman named Marsha P. Johnson. These 1969 riots are largely credited with sparking the contemporary LGBTQ+ rights movement. However, in the 52 years since, not everyone has benefited equally. Black trans people such as Marsha P. Johnson “have not benefited from the movement that they started,” according to Soros Equality Fellow and creator of Translash Media Imara Jones.

LGBTQ Allies and Advocates

In this video from First Person: Classroom, Naima and Jeannine talk about the how to be an effective ally and advocate for transitioning students. Using video, discussion questions and teaching tips, learn why being an ally for LGBTQ students — even if you’re not perfect — helps to make you a better ally for all students. Just do your best to show up!

Advice for LGBTQ Youth

In this video from First Person, LGBTQ activists, playwrights and producers give advice to young people on how to navigate coming out, advocate for themselves, find community, and love who they are.

The Intersection of Religion and LGBTQ Identity

In this video from First Person, examine about how Eman Abdelhadi, a queer, Muslim activist, navigates the intersection of her religion and her queerness.

The LGBTQ Movement and Stonewall Riots

In this video, learn about the LGBTQ Movement, the Stonewall riot and its enduring impact. Using video, discussion questions, and classroom activities, students can explore LGBTQ history, examine cause and effect, and create an argument-based claim.

Uncovering and Incorporating LGBTQ+ History

Stacie Brensilver Berman, Ph.D. (Research Assistant Professor, NYU Steinhardt) and Daniel Hurewitz (Associate Professor at Hunter College, CUNY) discuss representation of the LGBTQ+ community in classroom curriculum. This video is an excerpt from the Remote Learning Resources: How to Make Your Social Studies Curriculum LGBTQ Inclusive Webinar on June 11, 2020.

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A 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.

Building LGBTQ-Inclusive School Communities

Clark Hamel, Kalima McKenzie-Simms, and Drew Tagliabue from PFLAG NYC discuss building LGBTQ-Inclusive school communities and the importance of making schools safe to help all kids thrive. This video is an excerpt from the LGBTQ+ Student & Family Support During Remote Learning Webinar recorded on June 9, 2020.

LGBTQ Identity: Early Grades Support Guide

Creating an inclusive environment where students feel safe and respected is essential to ensure that all children are able to thrive in the classroom. This support guide is designed to help you understand gender expression and identity in young students and help you make your learning spaces more inclusive.