YouTube Greenlights Pride Documentary 'State of Pride'

State of Pride
Kim Raff

Pride Parade and Festival in Salt Lake City on June 3, 2018.

YouTube announced Thursday (Sep. 13) that it will release State of Pride, a documentary that snapshots the meaning of Pride, to coincide with Pride Month 2019.

Directed by renowned LBGT documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, State of Pride will take a look into Pride’s significance -- 50 years after the Stonewall Riots -- through a series of interviews helmed by Catfish Trolls host and prominent LGBT activist Raymond Braun. Previously, Epstein and Friedman have directed the Emmy-winning documentary The Celluloid Closet and the Oscar-winning films Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt and The Times of Harvey Milk.

It is being filmed over the span of a few months, coinciding with Pride festivals nationwide, and is set for release in June 2019.

"State of Pride is set to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies that audiences need to hear," said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media. “Raymond’s unique ability to tell powerful, inclusive LGBTQ+ stories that enlighten and inspire, coupled with Rob and Jeff’s legacy of gifted storytelling, will no doubt lead to a film that showcases the true diversity of the LGBTQ community.”


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