Pride may be taking place in a much different setting this year, but its messages of inclusion, support and acceptance are just as important today as they were 50 years ago. WarnerMedia joins in celebrating Pride 2020, its history and the LGBTQ+ community throughout the month of June and all year long. Given the current events of the last few weeks, celebrations for Pride have become a symbol of community intersection, especially considering Pride was spearheaded first as a revolutionary riot at Stonewall in 1969 by LGBTQ+ people of color.
As different cities across the U.S. celebrate the 50th anniversary of historic Pride celebrations, business units across WarnerMedia are participating in activations, special programming and virtual celebrations. All are welcome to join in these activities that signify the stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ+ individuals.
WarnerMedia and AT&T are sharing our legacy of diversity and inclusion, and our long history of supporting initiatives, organizations and projects that not only strengthen the LGBTQ+ community, but showcase the meaningful impact it has made to our business, our communities, and in the lives of the people we serve.
The Trevor Project -- Pride Everywhere sponsored by AT&T and WarnerMedia
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including; TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, & TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace.
The Trevor Project is proud to launch its 2020 Pride campaign, “Pride Everywhere,” centered around reminding LGBTQ young people that no matter how challenging things may seem, this much is true: Pride isn’t going anywhere, because Pride is everywhere. The organization is sharing the message of “Pride Everywhere” with LGBTQ young people, led by a video voiced by recording artist Demi Lovato, empowering them to see Pride all around them and celebrate in their unique way, no matter where they are.
As part of the campaign, The Trevor Project is asking LGBTQ young people and those who support them to visit TheTrevorProject.org/PrideEverywhere. Visitors can join the movement by applying the #PrideEverywhere filter to their photos on social media and sharing stories of how they see Pride in their world, using the hashtag #PrideEverywhere. The Trevor Project will also be working with diverse talent to celebrate what makes the LGBTQ community thrive and to show solidarity for the LGBTQ young people who are isolated from their support systems.
The Trevor Project’s “Pride Everywhere” campaign is supported by its Premiere Partners including: AT&T and WarnerMedia.
In honor of Pride month, business units across WarnerMedia are promoting original content to highlight the important narratives among the LGBTQ+ community.
Welcome to Chechnya - Tuesday, June 30
From Academy Award-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson) comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chehnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.
LGBTQ Critics’ Choice - Friday, June 12, and Friday, June 26
In honor of Pride Month, film critics Alonso Duralde and B. Ruby Rich join TCM Host Dave Karger to discuss a series of films with LGBTQ themes that have been meaningful to them, including Victim (1961) and The Watermelon Woman (1996). Click here to learn more.
You Brought Me the Ocean – NEW Young Adult Graphic Novel
This Pride month enjoy a splash-worthy coming-of-age tale about one of DC’s most popular characters—Aqualad! "You Brought Me the Ocean" is a new young adult graphic novel from DC that puts a fresh, contemporary twist on Aqualad’s origin story and tells an eloquent coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC universe. This timely and beautifully told story is brought to life by Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) and New York Timesbestselling illustrator Julie Maroh (Blue Is the Warmest Color), two voices that have been instrumental in shaping the LGBTQ+ experience in young adult literature. Their original tale follows a teenage Jake Hyde as he navigates his senior year of high school and learns to embrace his true self.
African American Film Critics Association Explores Black LGBTQ Representation
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is creating a space that examines the images of Black LGBTQ in Media on June 28, at 1 p.m. ET. The virtual event will include conversations with notable LGBTQ creatives and a screening of COVID-19 themed shorts. The event will conclude with a panel exploring the growing impact of the LGBTQ community of color's overall impact on film and TV. The event is sponsored by Enterprise Inclusion and can be watched on The AAFCA YouTube Channel.
WarnerMedia's list of virtual events are below and for you to find a way to get involved. And be sure to check back regularly for updates and ways to join!
HBO's Human By Orientation
Through this lens, HBO launches its first-ever digital Pride on the Human By Orientation site, which will provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to gather, recharge, and spread joy -- celebrating their queerest, proudest selves.
Daily virtual events kick off Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 28. Programming includes musical headliners, drag brunch, underground DJ sets, queer comedy night and more -- all free to attend.
Celebrate ‘Legendary’ – Tuesday, June 30, sponsored by WarnerMedia LGBTQ Business Resource Groups
Inspired by HBO Max’s hit new unscripted series, “Legendary”, this virtual panel for employees- featuring cast members from the show - and vogue demonstration will explore how the LGBTQIA Ballroom Culture emerged from underground; and how the intersectionality of ethnicity & gender-identity impacted its journey. The virtual event will take place Tuesday, June 30, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PT.
Stonewall Day 2020 - Friday, June 26, sponsored by WarnerMedia
Stonewall Day is a global campaign that elevates awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continuing fight for full LGBTQ+ equality. In partnership with Pride Medica, Stonewall Day 2020 will be a global, livestream fundraising event to raise critical funds for LGBTQ+ organizations most affected by COVID-19. The 90-minute broadcast will include activists, supporters, celebrities and influencers joining in from around the world. Two of the beneficiaries will be:
- Trans Lifeline -- Connects trans people to the community, support and resources they need to survive and thrive. Due to COVID-19, their peer-supported Hotline and Microgrants are particularly needed as trans people disproportionately face isolation and economic insecurity.
- Brace Space Alliance -- The first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of Chicago.
WarnerMedia supports multiple LGBTQ+ organizations from youth and family support to advocacy to film festivals. Below are some of the organizations we work with to support and stand with the LGBTQ+ community.
Youth & Family, Education
- Hetrick-Martin Institute
- The Trevor Project
- Family Equality
- Ali Forney Center
- The Point Foundation
- Lambda Literary Foundation
- Athlete Ally
- Free Mom Hugs
- Human Rights Campaign
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- Voices of Note Inc.
- The Center
- Native Son