With pretty much all IRL Pride Month activities canceled this year, you are probably looking for some ways to celebrate the queer community from your couch. Luckily, Turner Classic Movies has you covered.
In 2017 TCM celebrated Pride all of June with special programming and movies spotlighting LGBTQ celebrities like Clifton Web, Rock Hudson, Montgomery Clift, and Anthony Perkins. Last year, the channel honored the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement with a marathon of Judy Garland movies, followed by other queer classics, some of which are rarely screened on TCM. The LGBTQ movies honored the anniversary of the Stonewall riots “with a night of films set in and around gay establishments in Greenwich Village.”
This year TCM has invited two prominent LGBTQ critics to program two nights of queer movies that made an impact on them. On Friday, June 12, Alonso Duralde, film reviews editor for The Wrap and co-host of the Linoleum Knife podcast, will screen three rarely seen queer movies: Our Betters (1933), Victim (1961), and the 1977 documentary, Word Is Out.
On Friday, June 26, scholar and film critic, B. Ruby Rich—who coined the term “New Queer Cinema”—picked three LGBTQ films, all of which will be making their TCM premieres: Mädchen in Uniform (1931), The Watermelon Woman (1996), and Orlando (1992).
In addition to its annual Pride Month programming, TCM has also hosted past marathons featuring gay actors from Hollywood’s golden age, like Tab Hunter, who they highlighted in 2019:
“Tab had a wonderful relationship with TCM because they were always so good to him over the years. They would occasionally do a birthday salute, or invite him to come to something they were doing,” Hunter’s husband, Allan Glaser, told NewNowNext. “And Tab was very friendly with [TCM host] Robert Osborne. He was a lovely man.”
Thanks to the cable network, Hunter and Osborne eventually became friends, catching up at TCM events. “They both loved classic films,” Glaser added. “Robert was a walking encyclopedia; he knew everything about everything. And he was a gentleman, and so was Tab. They both never discussed sexuality, anything like that. They were just two old-fashioned gentlemen who enjoyed each other’s company.”
For more info and film descriptions for Cinematic Pride: LGTBQ Critics’ Choice, head over to the TCM website. Movie night, anyone?