It’s Pride Month, and PBS is showing their support for the LGBTQ+ community all month long with programs that highlight LGBTQ+ people and their stories.
With a lot of Pride’s usual festivities on hold due to COVID-19, we’re all celebrating at home. A great way to do this can be through educating ourselves on the LGBTQ+ rights movement and how things like Pride parades first got started.
Possibly one of the most important moments in LBGTQ+ history, are the Stonewall riots. Stonewall Inn was a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, and on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests against police brutality that lasted for the next six days. These events marked a major turning point for gay civil rights in the United States. “Stonewall Uprising” addresses early activism for LGBTQ+ rights, the legacy of the riots, and the establishment of the first gay pride parades.
Watch the first chapter in a story that altered the course for LGBTQ+ rights. “American Experience: Stonewall Uprising” will air on Mountain Lake PBS on Monday, June, 22 at 10 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June, 23 at 2:30 a.m.
If you would like to learn more, and share/watch this program with your children or students, PBS LearningMedia has a collection of videos, lesson plans, and activities to help support you, and check out our blog post about discussing Pride Month and the Stonewall Uprising with your kids.