Jun 25, 2021

CBC Gem offers a Pride collection throughout June, including the exclusive Canadian premieres of ballroom documentary DEEP IN VOGUE and Lena Waithe’s new comedy series TWENTIES; and Canadian short animated film I LIKE GIRLS

CBC Music’s RECLAIMED WITH JARRETT MARTINEAU honours two-spiritedness with a special episode (now streaming) celebrating and uplifting Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit voices

The second season of CBC Podcasts’ THE VILLAGE (now streaming), exploring the unexplained deaths of transgender women of colour, Alloura Wells and Cassandra Do; and a special episode of CHOSEN FAMILY (now streaming) featuring Black Lives Matter Canada co-founders Syrus Marcus Ware and Rodney Diverlus

CBC Kids to offer the Canadian TV premiere of award-winning animated series THE BRAVEST KNIGHT (August 14), one of the first children’s programs to feature an openly gay lead character


CBC is marking Pride with a lineup of special programming showcasing an intersection of 2SLGBTQI+ stories, experiences and voices from communities in Canada and around the world.

CBC’s Pride programming complements an ongoing, extensive range of storytelling reflecting queer perspectives on all platforms, including CBC Arts’ award-winning QUEERIES column, the return of CBC Podcasts’ THE VILLAGE and the premieres of Canadian animated series THE BRAVEST KNIGHT (August 14 on CBC KIDS) and new CBC original series SORT OF (Oct. 5 on CBC Gem and Nov. 9 on CBC TV) from creators Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save Me).


Highlights from CBC’s Pride programming include the following:

  • Local CBC Initiatives

CBC is marking Pride in communities across the country, including: CBC Vancouver participating in Vancouver's virtual Pride Parade and associated events from July 23 to August 1, along with other bureaus in British Columbia supporting their local Pride Festivals with stories and programming; CBC Toronto reflecting on 40 years since the first Pride parade took place in Toronto with a panel discussion featuring members of the LGBTQ2S+ community including two spirit transgender, queer multidisciplinary artist and storyteller Kiley May, Dany Ko from the Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), Blackness Yes!’s Shani Robertson and others; CBC Saskatchewan featuring members of Saskatchewan's LGBTQ community; and CBC Atlantic’s PRIDE ON THE EAST COAST initiatives rolling out through July and August, including the return of the PROUD TO SHINE series that will feature personal profiles of LGBTQ+ community members on cbc.ca community rails and the @cbc_eastcoast Instagram account, as well as a campaign asking Maritimers to share their 15 second Instagram Stories posts (tagging @cbc_eastcoast and using the #prideandjoycbc hashtag) showing how Pride is bringing joy to their lives for a chance to have the stories featured on the the @cbc_eastcoast Instagram account.


  • CBC Indigenous

To honour two-spiritedness, CBC Indigenous reports on why creating space and visibility are important for the Kanien'kehá:ka trans community. Morgan Teiakonwathe Curotte was among the first people in Kahnawake, a Kanien'kehá:ka community south of Montreal, to come out as transgender. It was not easy, but she says it was a decision she made for her own mental health...and she hopes the fact that SHE is out may help others in her community too.


  • DEEP IN VOGUE (1x60, Documentary, directed by Amy Watson & Dennis Keighron-Foster) *Exclusive Canadian premiere*

Now streaming on CBC Gem

With ballroom/voguing culture now becoming more ‘mainstream’, DEEP IN VOGUE celebrates the colourful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern (UK) Vogue and its people. Synonymous with the Black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York, this documentary explores themes including disenfranchisement of Black youth, LGBT issues, a shrinking welfare state and a lack of safe spaces for the truly different.


  • Exclusive Canadian premiere of TWENTIES (8x30, Comedy, Hillman Grad)

Now streaming on CBC Gem

“Light yet smart, easy-to-binge comedy” – Judy Berman, TIME Magazine

From creator Lena Waithe, follow the adventures of Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs, Good Trouble), a queer and aspiring screenwriter and her two straight best friends Marie (Christina Elmore, Insecure) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham, The Expanse) as they pursue their dreams in LA. While they live separate lives, they lean on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties.  Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards.


  • WOMAN ON FIRE (1x60, Documentary, Animal)

Now streaming on CBC Gem

“An inspiring portrait of NYC’s first openly transgender firefighter”; “[Woman on Fire depicts] the process of a woman finding the courage to let her identity loose upon an occupation unversed in supporting female co-workers let alone trans women” – Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

From filmmaker Julie Sokolow (Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story, Aspie Seeks Love) WOMAN ON FIRE follows Brooke, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City, as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender.  This documentary premiered at DOC NYC where it was nominated for the Metropolis Grand Jury Prize.


  • ANNE+ (3x30, Drama, Millstreet Films)

Now streaming on CBC Gem

The weekend Anne (Hanna van Vliet, Oh Baby) moves into her own place she unexpectedly runs into her ex-girlfriend Lily (Eline van Gils, Thuisfront). Lily was her first girlfriend and a lot has happened since they broke up four years ago. Over the weekend, Anne reflects on the relationships she has had throughout her student years in Amsterdam, and we learn about Anne’s turbulent love life and how these diverse girls and various relationships have contributed to who she is today.


  • THIS CLOSE (8x30, Comedy, Super Deluxe) *Canadian premiere of Season 2*

Seasons 1 and 2 now streaming on CBC Gem

The return of two deaf best friends, Kate (Shoshannah Stern, Jericho) and Michael (Joshua Feldman, Fridays) are determined to reboot their friendship. Kate’s past returns to haunt her in surprising ways and Michael tries to walk the “straight” and narrow path. Kate and Michael are going to have to lean on each other, or fall apart. THIS CLOSE is a groundbreaking series that features a gay, deaf lead character and ranks among the few shows to be predominately performed in ASL. 


  • KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY (1x60, Documentary, directed by Posy Dixon)

“Glenn-Copeland speaking in the film never seems angry, never rushed, never less than amused, and composed. He is the living image of the peaceful music he creates." – Bradley Gibson, FilmThreat

Now streaming on CBC Gem

Emerging from years in isolation to an enraptured crowd, a time-travelling, transgender musical genius finally finds his place in the world. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary at Hot Docs 2020 and Best Documentary at NewFest 2020: New York's LGBT Film Festival.


  • I LIKE GIRLS (1x15, Documentary, directed by Diane Obomsawin)

Now streaming on CBC Gem

In this animated short from Diane Obomsawin (Kaspar), four women reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, discovering that they're attracted to other women comes hand-in-hand with a deeper understanding of their personal identity and a joyful new self-awareness.


  • I AM SKYLAR (1x8, Documentary, directed by Rachel Bower)

Now streaming on CBC Gem

I AM SKYLAR is the emotionally compelling story of an articulate 14-year-old girl who is thoughtfully defining her future and the woman she is to become. Surrounded by a family and a community who show her unconditional love as she follows her personal path, Skylar faces the complexities of being a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty with refreshing honesty and unshakeable dignity.




CBC Music’s weekly series Reclaimed with Jarrett Martineau marks Pride with an episode about celebrating and honouring the coming together of two important histories: National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Host, Jarrett, recognizes the work these two communities have been doing to make themselves heard and feature songs from Indigenous voices that are singing that fight forward, and music from LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit relations. It’s music to celebrate the beautiful spectrum of gender and sexually diverse identities in the world, and the ongoing fight for recognition and justice. Listeners can join in as the show honours music for Indigenous Pride: Pride in being Indigenous, and Indigenous music for this Pride Month. In a time of so much erasure and discrimination, Reclaimed celebrates and uplifts Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit voices leading the way forward for all of us...full of power.

Available now on CBC Listen



Transgender women know what it means to be marginalized, overpoliced and underprotected, and the violence that results. A community of sex workers, in particular, is too often criminalized and vulnerable. Host Justin Ling returns to explore the stories of two transgender women of colour — Alloura Wells and Cassandra Do — whose deaths remain unexplained.

Available now on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available



Artists, activists and Black Lives Canada co-founders Syrus Marcus Ware and Rodney Diverlus join hosts Thomas and Tranna for a special conversation on the movement for racial justice within the queer community. The two friends and co-editors of the best-selling essay collection Until We Are Free share their journey and open up about what Pride means to them. This special episode marks five years since BLM staged a sit-in at Toronto Pride in 2016, igniting a global conversation on the place of police at Pride marches around the world.

Available now on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available; new episodes released bi-weekly on Thursdays 



CBC Arts will mark Pride with five editions of its Digital Publishing Award-winning column Queeries. Written by Peter Knegt, the column queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens and this June will feature a special edition (June 30) that highlights 21 LGBTQ artists who are unapologetically leading us into a new era of queer culture in the mainstream.

  • Additional programming across CBC platforms includes: CBC Books’ Pride 2021 reading list featuring both adult and YA titles; CBC Podcasts series ASKING FOR IT, an audio fiction about queer intimate partner violence from Mermaid Palace and queer filmmaker Drew Denny, an audio adaptation from PLAYME about a gay couple from Toronto taking a chance on small town Canada, CBC British Columbia podcast THEY & US which explores gender identity and a feature episode of LIFE JOLT about a trans Cree man serving time in a women's prison, all available on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available; CBC Kids and CBC Parents both producing Pride themed content, including the importance of pronouns and a POV feature story about Family Pride, geared for children and parents; and CBC Music’s PRIDE PLAYLIST featuring classic hits and new tracks by some of the best-loved LGBTQ artists throughout the world, available now on CBC Listen.
  • THE BRAVEST KNIGHT (13x11, Comedy/Adventure/Animated, Age 6-11 + Family, Big Bad Boo Productions) *Exclusive TV premiere*

Premieres August 14 on CBC Kids and CBC Gem

THE BRAVEST KNIGHT is the story of a young pumpkin farmer, named Cedric, as he attempts to become the greatest knight who ever lived. Now grown and married to the prince of his dreams, Sir Cedric recounts his fairytale adventures to his adopted daughter Nia, showing her the paths and pitfalls that await her on the way to knighthood. Accompanied by his best friend, a bridge-less troll named Grunt, Cedric's lifelong quest to fulfill his destiny takes him through a world of witches and giants, and ends with the toughest challenge of all: teaching his daughter to do the same. From Canadian Big Bad Boo Productions, THE BRAVEST KNIGHT ranks among the first kids’ programs to feature an openly gay lead character; and features a star-studded cast including T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek Discovery), Storm Reid (Wrinkle in Time), Wanda Sykes, Christine Baranski, Bobby Moynihan, AJ McLean (The Backstreet Boys), RuPaul, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience, The Mandalorian) and more.



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