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Delve into a rich tapestry of stories and resources that highlight the unique experiences and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community, while celebrating diversity and resilience in the Capital Region.

Documentary: Casa Susanna

In the 1950s and ‘60s, an underground network of transgender women and cross-dressing men found refuge at a modest house in the Catskills region of New York. Known as Casa Susanna, the house provided a safe place for them to express their true selves and live for a few days as they had always dreamed. 

 

Watch the broadcast premiere of the PBS American Experience documentary CASA SUSANNA June 27th at 9pm on-air, online, or on the free PBS app.

 

 

Here and Queer: Local Stories of Identity

WMHT Specials

Out in Albany

Explore the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement in the Capital Region of New York from historic moments to contemporary issues. This special from WMHT was funded entirely through community fundraising in 2015.

WMHT SPECIALS

Rooted Out | RE-AIRS ON WMHT JUNE 25TH AT 5PM

When two men are denied a marriage license in their hometown, the town attempts to erase the incident from public record. Over the course of a year, the couple's supporters fight for justice and an accurate narrative of events.

Girl Love shares her story of identity, religion and music in the first episode.

Pride: In the Name of Love is an unadulterated look into minds of local 518 musicians and the bridge between music and identity. This ongoing series from WEXT highlights diverse musicians from all backgrounds in a unique and intimate storytelling experience. Join us for this edition as four queer musicians tell their stories each week in celebration of pride month.

Host Devin-Norelle (ze|zim) explores LGBTQ+ stories of triumph, transformation, and celebration in Brave Spaces. From book clubs and sports leagues to places of worship and the great outdoors, Devin- Norelle meets courageous heroes who, in the face of efforts to exclude Queer voices, are standing up to centuries of hate in order to shape a world where love always wins.

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How This LGBTQ+ Bowling League Has Saved Lives for Decades

Homophobia is rampant in sports, but that has not stopped the LGBTQ+ community from competing. For decades, the Buffalo Historical Bowling League has been a striking example of a brave space where one’s own sexual and gender identity is not a barrier. Devin-Norelle meets with the team and explores how sports can be a game-changer for LGBTQ+ mental health. 

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How One Queer Friendly Book Club Thrives in the Era of Book Bans

For generations, LGBTQ+ stories have been the target of censorship efforts. Did you know that early organizing against obscenity laws to make LGBTQ+ stories accessible laid the foundation of the Queer Liberation Movement? Today, the Gray Wills Book Club in Buffalo, New York, is a brave space to examine book-banning efforts and how the power of literacy can reverse the effects of oppression on Black and Queer folk.

Stories of Acceptance

Independent Lens

Mama Bears

Conservative beliefs have defined them. Now they’re championing their LGBTQ children.

More Stories of Pride

Prideland

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

True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs

Celebrate Pride Month with music from LGBTQ+ artists and real-life stories of hope.

Stories from the Stage

There are all sorts of things people are proud of...even being true to who you are.

Origin of Everything

How did the New York City Stonewall Riots turn into a month-long celebration?