Lifetime Marks Pride Month With LGBTQ-Centered Programming Slate

Prayers for Bobby (Credit: Lifetime)

To celebrate Pride Month throughout June, Lifetime will air the season finale of new dating series Married at First Sight: Unmatchables, as well as encore presentations of GLAAD Award-nominated television film Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story; and the GLAAD Award-winning movie Prayers for Bobby [shown above].

First up is the season finale of the Married at First Sight spinoff, Married at First Sight: Unmatchables. As previously reported, the series follows singles who have had a hard time finding love, and originally got rejected as applicants for the MAFS series. Experts Pastor Calvin Roberson and Dr. Viviana Coles take on the singles’ romantic plights and coach them through the dating process.

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The season finale centers around two LGBTQ men looking to find a life partner. Momma’s boy Frank and outgoing Sam will each be coached separately and then matched on a date to see if sparks fly.

The Married at First Sight: Unmatchables season finale airs Wednesday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
Next on Lifetime’s Pride Month slate is Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story.

Here is how the network described the film in a press release: “Based on the memoir ‘Saving Alex,’ the film follows the harrowing journey of 15-year-old Alex (Addison Holley), who after revealing she was gay to her devout Mormon parents, was sent away and trapped for eight-months in ‘conversion therapy,’ enduring horrible punishment at the hands of strangers against insurmountable odds, Alex was able to escape and went on to become an important activist in the fight to end these cruel practices.”

The movie is produced by SilverScreen Pictures and executive produced by Jeffrey Hunt, Kyle Clark and Lina Wong. Jeffrey Hunt directs from a script written by Michelle Paradise.

Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story airs Sunday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

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Prayers for Bobby
The second Lifetime Pride Month film portraying LGBTQ characters is Prayers for Bobby starring Sigourney Weaver. The Academy Award-nominee plays devout religious mother Mary Griffith, whose gay son Bobby (Ryan Kelley) commits suicide. Griffith eventually became a strong supporter of gay rights and was embraced by the gay community after her son’s death.

The film received an Emmy award for outstanding made for television movie and was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for outstanding producer of long-form television, in addition to winning a GLAAD Media Award.

The movie is produced by Once Upon A Time Films in association with Permut Presentations and Sladek Taaffe Productions for Lifetime Television. Damian Ganczewski is the producer. Stanley M. Brooks, David Permut, Daniel Sladek and Chris Taaffe are executive producers. Russell Mulcahy directed the film and Katie Ford wrote the script.

Prayers for Bobby airs Sunday, June 20 at 10 a.m. ET/PT. Both films are also available on VOD and via the Lifetime Movie Club.

Mirror Trans Beauty Co-Op
The network will also broadcast a special profile piece highlighting a trans-owned beauty co-operative in New York. The profile will center on Mirror Trans Beauty Co-Op, founded to provide a safer work environment for Trans immigrant women working in Cosmetology in the city.