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‘State of Pride,’ LGBTQ Pride documentary, to be released by YouTube

YouTube LGBTQ Pride Documetary

Aids Food Store Long Beach collects donations during the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade along Ocean Boulevard on May 20, 2018. Photo: Stephen Carr / StephenCarrPhotography.com

A documentary about the LGBTQ pride movement and the impact it has had on the queer community will air on YouTube next year, the platform announced this week.

“State of Pride,” which is scheduled for a June 2019 release, is being directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the filmmaking duo  who worked on “The Celluloid Closet” and the Academy Award-winning “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.”

“We are incredibly honored to bring this important and compelling documentary ‘State of Pride’ to people around the world,” Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, said in a statement Thursday. “The film features powerful conversations with inspiring individuals as they open up about Pride and how it has changed over the past 50 years.”

YouTube was criticized in June — National LGBTQ Pride Month — for airing antigay ads before LGBTQ videos. The channel apologized about a month later via Twitter.

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For the Pride documentary, Raymond Braun, who worked on LGBTQ outreach efforts, has been traveling across the country, attending Pride events in major cities and smaller towns, and interviewing people about how the movement has impacted them.

YouTube will release the film on its free, ad-supported site, not its YouTube Premium subscription service.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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