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Paley Center Salutes LGBTQ+ Achievements in Television

Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Paley Center for Media celebrates Pride Month with its dynamic and interactive Salute to LGBTQ+ Achievements in Television, from June 2 to June 26, 2022. The exhibit and screenings spotlight the creative contributions of legendary icons, influential programs, and extraordinary moments that have shaped LGBTQ+ representation in our culture.

“The Paley Center is honored to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the LGBTQ+ community through the lens of television,” said the Paley Center President and CEO Maureen Reidy. “Throughout Pride month, we will trace the evolution of LGBTQ+ portrayals on television, explore breakthrough moments, and salute the enduring achievements of LGBTQ+ artists and innovators who have made groundbreaking contributions to media.”

Paley Center’s Salute to LGBTQ+ Achievements in Television highlights LGBTQ+ achievements in five areas: televised drama, news/talk/documentary, comedy, music/variety, and sports. The exhibit salutes such pioneering programs as That Certain Summer, now celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, as well as All in the Family and Tales of the City. The programming features storytellers Greg Berlanti, Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels, and Ryan Murphy; influential creative talents like Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Hayes and other notable figures from sports, journalism, music, politics, and culture.

On Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 pm, the Paley Center presents a preview screening and conversation of Peacock’s Queer as Folk. A vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series, Queer as Folk explores a diverse group of New Orleans friends and the tragedy that transforms their lives. Following the screening, creator/executive producer/writer/director Stephen Dunn and executive producer/writer Jaclyn Moore will join stars Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly and Armand Fields on stage for a lively post-screening conversation. (The screening is rated TV-MA and is suggested for mature audiences.). Admission is free for this event thanks to Peacock’s generous support.

Paley’s Pride Month celebration will also include family activities, special events, and interactive trivia. The Paley Center invites its members to the exhibit’s opening cocktail reception on June 2 and offers pre-ordering of tickets to the Queer As Folk free event here. Paley Center’s Salute to LGBTQ+ Achievements in Television runs from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Media Contacts

Kimberly Spell, The Paley Center for Media, 

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. 

The Paley Center's premier programming can be viewed on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel and the Paley Center's Facebook page. The public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.

Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.

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