Showtime Salutes Gay Pride Month With Compelling Documentaries on June 7

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May 16th, 2012

via press release:

In honor of June, Gay Pride Month, SHOWTIME will air three provocative and compelling documentaries focusing on issues affecting the LGBT community. All three films air on Thursday, June 7 beginning at 7 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Below is the schedule of films:



Premieres June 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Gen X filmmaker Phoebe Hart always knew she was different growing up - but she didn't know why. In this US TV premiere, Phoebe embarks on a road trip of discovery as an intersex person, (a group of conditions formerly termed “hermaphroditism”), with her intersex sister. Learning only in her teen years that she was born with 46XY (male) chromosomes, she documents this often shameful syndrome’s effect on her family and the stories of others affected by intersex condition.


With help from her sister Bonnie (also born with the same condition) and support from partner James, Hart drives across Australia, interviewing individuals whose struggles and victories mirror and differ from her own. Some advocate systemic change thus ending shame and controversial genital surgeries, while others debate coming out or staying closeted with a stigmatized secret. Questioning constructs of gender, sexuality and normality, often with lively good humor, ORCHIDS is among the first films to look at intersex from a positive perspective. Its engaging portrait of survival, courage and reconciliation speaks to a variety of audiences and sparks lively discussion about what it means to be perceived as “different.”



Premieres June 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Right on the heels of Lin-sanity, is the coming-of-age story of his friend, Emily Tay, a first generation Asian immigrant from Los Angeles, who in this US TV premiere, plays for Harvard’s basketball team and is living a double life, hiding her homosexuality from her parents. On the court, Emilyranks Top 25 in assists nationally, thanks to her signature move, the “no look pass,” but she struggles to become a leader as team captain, and not just a star. Off the court, Emily struggles between respecting her mother, who plans to arrange Emily’s marriage against her wishes, and respecting her true self as a gay woman involved with a university cheerleader.




Premieres June 7, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

The life and times of Halston, (aka Roy Halston Frowick) our country’s first celebrity designer, are fabulously reconstructed in this Tribeca Film Festival selection. Halston was propelled out of obscurity by creating the pillbox hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband’s inauguration, and launched his own line of clothing in the disco era with clients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Betty Ford, and Lauren Bacall. Two years in the making, this documentary includes a wide array of celebrity interviews and never-before-seen footage as it recounts his rise to fame and fortune during the ‘70s.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Quality documentaries should balance out the effect of airing the crapfest that has been The L Word/The Real L Word.

  • Walter Bishop

    So when are they having Straight Pride Month?

  • Jason

    Sadly, the supposed LGBT channel LOGO doesn’t even do this much gay pride programming. So hats off to you Showtime for caring.

    @Walter Bishop, when you become oppressed by society for being who you are, you can have a day. :)

  • r0ckmypants

    @Walter: July – May

  • Walter Bishop

    What about Polygamist Month? When is that one? Those persecuted Polygamists with the reality show got chased out of Utah and had to flee to Vegas.

  • Walter Bishop

    Seriously Id love to have 7 wives – one for each day of the week. But I would be persecuted for being what I am.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I don’t get these sort of things. I don’t judge ANYONE for being Gay, but I still don’t see what there is to be so proud of either. That’s like saying I’m “proud” because I’m male. So? That’s just what I am — I’m neither overly proud or overly ashamed of it. ??

  • Jase

    @Walter You could make an effective argument how each group getting a month is silly, but instead you bring it to a crass level. That just says more about who you are as a person.

  • SJ

    If this were my website, the user “Walter Bishop” would be banned already.


    Forget it. You’re not part of the club. You’ll never understand so I’m not going to bother explaining it to you. But it’s so great to hear that you don’t judge us. Us gays are always pining for you straight folks’ approval.


    I know, right? I’ve read recently how they wanted to “diversify” and program shows that cater to the heterosexual audience. Sigh… our self-loathing will be our undoing.

  • Bookworm

    LOL, So SJ is gay? or was the Sarcasm? If so, I can now understand his queeny attitude towards Scandal.

    Anyways, not sure why this is news. Let’s get to some Shameless Episodes pronto Showtime! I think gay “rights” are overrated as whole; way too many thing to worry about in the world and specifically our country than gay rights and who wants to marry who.

    Gay or Straight; Married or Single, most of us are still out of jobs and in poverty. Not that I am in either but I know way too many people who are. Gay rights is currently a smoke screen for all of that.

  • Bookworm

    @Tim, I agree; I think this whole gay pride thing is nonsense.

    It’s only a way to pacify a baby who is crabby and insecure. Anyone who is confident and secure about themselves and their sexuality has no reason to put it on display 24/7 or throw a parade for themselves. Never mind hijacking a perfectly untainted rainbow. That’s why I questions couple who PDA like they have something to prove. Say what you want about heterosexuals but those in secure relationships don’t need anyone to confirm their acceptance or publically display their affection, its already there and no one’s spoken confirmation is needed for.

    In this case, the empty wagon truly does make the most noise.

  • r0ckmypants

    Oh, Bookworm… silly, stupid Bookworm.

    Go watch a movie. Or a TV show. Or a commercial. Read a book. Look at an advertisement. All are professions and daily reinforcements of a normativity that doesn’t truly exist. Heterosexuality is “put on display 24/7″ in all avenues of life. Gay pride is a way of affirming the existence of an other, and proudly announcing that this existence is not wrong or there for others to crap on (as you just have). Pride is about owning your differences.

    Perhaps there should be an Ignorance Pride month; you and Walter could marshal the parade.

  • Bookworm

    And yet it is done in the most natural and subtle way.
    There are no big bold letters stating, “HEY! I’m a heterosexual”. Fault nature for the fact that we can’t get around heterosexuality but at the same time, its far less abrasive than homosexuality in a since where there is no “Hetreo and proud” propaganda behind.

    Also, you speak on a national, published level; I’m speaking in terms of a personal one. The average heterosexual doesn’t need to confirm his/her sexuality and post videos on Youtube or be overly sexual with their significant other.

    I do ask that you do not respond to me as I will not be responding to you. I do not appreciate those who feel the need to call me names because they disagree with me.

    Those who seek tolerance are always the most intolerable.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    It is so sad some need to post hurtful negative things on a post that mentions a small fraction of Showtime’s programming being devoted to an minority community in our country. If you don’t like it don’t watch it and really why bother posting here when there are dozens of hate sites where you can make your observations.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Great news! Go Showtime!

  • Jason

    The trolls post here because they are either losers in their own lives or closeted repressed gay men.

  • SJ


    What does my sexuality have to do with my “bitching” about a certain show?

    Don’t post any more replies to me, as I won’t be replying to your posts any more either.

    Maybe Bill and Robert should have just closed the comments section for this article. I really did not want to see some of the posts on here.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Don’t be ridiculous. They aren’t even proud of it. They all clearly hate themselves. That’s why they have to constantly have to go on and on and ON about how it’s not a “choice” (like someone has a gun to their head and is forcing them to insert their penises into other guys’ anuses) — even though scientists can’t seem to find this so-called “gay gene” that the gliberals swear exists — as if homosexuality was something they were “inflicted with”, and it’s why they don’t even respect the rest of their “community,” hence why terrorist organization GLAAD has blasted Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon, and too many others too numerous to mention.

    Just feel sorry for them. They’re going to hell, it’s the least you can do.

  • Michael

    @Timsdale…do you support Mother’s day? Father’s day? Shouldn’t mothers and fathers get their joy out of being parents? Your comment is shamefully ill-informed and, more importantly, unreasonably reductive.

  • Michael

    @Walter Bishop…yes, you might be persecuted for who you are should you decide to have 7 wives, but you won’t be strung up on a fence in Wyoming and left to die. Big effing difference.

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