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[staging] Your KERA TV viewing guide: Pride Month 2022

André de Shields performs
André de Shields performs “The Colors of My Life” from Barnum. The special True Colors: LBGTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs airs on June 7 on KERA TV. (Credit: PBS)

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQIA+ people — notable movers-and-shakers and close loved ones, alike. Enjoy this list of 2022 Pride programming on KERA TV.

Friday, June 3 at 9pm

Joe Papp in Five Acts

Joe Papp was the founder of the Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and For Colored Girls. He created a “theater of inclusion” based on the belief that great art is for everyone.

Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30pm

True Colors: LBGTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs

This new PBS special is a celebration of the stories and music that make us who we are. Offering a unique look at the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in the United States, this program shares real-life stories of hope, resilience, and triumph from people across the country, artistically represented through thematically relevant music. Exploring the personal journeys of remarkable individuals, the program connects these heartfelt stories with the history of the movement.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning artist and author Harvey Fierstein hosts the documentary segments with performances by Indigo Girls; country-pop singer Billy Gilman; indie-pop singer-songwriter Morgxn; drag artists Peppermint, Alexis Michelle and Jujubee; Glee sensation, Chris Colfer; celebrated Christian singer Trey Pearson; trans opera singer Breanna Sinclairé; and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winner André de Shields.

Sunday, June 12 at 8:30pm

Finding Our Voice

Explore the memories and experiences of those who helped develop a thriving gay and lesbian community in the heart of the Bible Belt. This program contains interviews, personal stories, and archival news clips pertaining to the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in Dallas from the late 1970s through the 1990s, with prominent figures talking about their experiences and feelings from the Dallas gay scene.

Thursday, June 16 at 10pm

American Masters | James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Considered a classic and without using narration, The Price of the Ticket allows Baldwin to tell his own story — exploring what it means to be born Black, impoverished, gay, and gifted — in a world that has yet to understand that all men are brothers. This American Masters film premiered in 1989.

Thursday, June 23 at 10pm


Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey of LGBTQIA+ discovery across the South.

Thursday, June 23 at 11pm

POV | Out in the Night

Examine the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.

Thursday, June 30 at 10pm

American Masters | Ballerina Boys

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.

Thursday, June 30 at 11pm

Independent Lens | Real Boy

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.


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