Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in America through an exploration of rare artifacts in the upcoming documentary Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall.
Produced by Highland Pictures, the film moves beyond the Stonewall riots of 1969, often celebrated as the birth of modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, to trace the struggles and triumphs of modern gay life. Using commentary from LGBTQ+ allies, icons and expert perspectives from Smithsonian curators, Beyond Stonewall tells the story of the LGBTQ+ community via rare artifacts in the Smithsonian collections.
The doc illustrates the multifaceted journeys of trailblazing gay pioneers in the objects they left behind, including 19th-century stage actress Charlotte Cushman’s Cardinal Wolsey costume; a first edition copy of poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; love letters among World War II soldiers, and more.
The documentary features commentary from LGBTQ+ icons like Matthew Shepard’s parents, Stonewall eyewitness participant Mark Segal, and Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop by the Episcopal Church.
Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall premieres June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.