A documentary on the LGBTQ movement has been approved by YouTube

A documentary on the LGBTQ movement has been approved by YouTube

YouTube has given the go-ahead to two creators planning an LGBTQ documentary.

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are working on 'State of Pride', an inside-look at the pride movement and its effect on the LGBTQ community. The pair have worked on a number of documentaries, including The Celluloid Closet and the Academy Award-scoring Common Threads.

State of Pride will be largely led by Raymond Braun, ex-YouTube LGBTQ marketing lead. The documentary will follow Braun across the US as he visits different pride celebrations and interviews members of the LGBTQ community.

Pride and power

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

GLAAD director of entertainment media Jeremy Blacklow added: "State of Pride is set to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies that audiences need to hear," J"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."

State of Pride will arrive in June 2019, and it'll be free to watch on YouTube. 

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Danielle Partis is Editor of She was previously the lead content creator for TeamRock Games, as well as contributing to outlets such as Metal Hammer, both online and in-print. Prior to that, Danielle worked as a freelance PR consultant and freelance journalist for a number of outlets.


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