Don't miss the incredible LGBTQ-inclusive lineup at South by Southwest 2019, including 'State of Pride,' 'David Makes Man' premieres

The 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival kicks off this Friday, March 8th and runs through March 17th. Once again, the annual Austin celebration of innovation and talent boasts a very LGBTQ-inclusive lineup.

Highlighting this year’s SXSW Film Festival is the latest from Oscar-award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffry Friedman; the world premiere of the feature documentary State of Pride. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, YouTube Originals’ State of Pride explores what LGBTQ Pride means to a younger generation of queer Americans across three diverse communities in the United States. This documentary will have its world premiere on Friday, March 8th.

On Saturday, March 9th, in SXSW’s Visions block, comes the premiere of The Garden Left Behind. The narrative feature film follows Tina, a trans woman who must navigate both her transition and the struggle of being undocumented in New York City. Inclusive both on screen and off, The Garden Left Behind shines a spotlight on transgender people of color and their stories. 

In episodic news, from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, the co-writer of Moonlight, comes the premiere of his new OWN series David Makes Man. David Makes Man centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive. David Makes Man will premiere at SXSW on Sunday, March 10th.

Check out all of the other LGBTQ-inclusive media that’s set to premiere at this year’s SXSW:


Queering (dir. Leticia De Bortoli) — Queering is an LGBTQ comedy web series that follows Harper, who is ready to live the best phase of her lesbian life until the tables turn when her mom unexpectedly comes out as queer. Episodic Pilot Competition, World Premiere


Lavender (dir. Matthew Puccini) — A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple. Narrative Shorts Competition

Mack Wrestles (dir. Erin Sanger & Taylor Hess) — Mack Beggs broke records and changed history when he won the Texas state title as a transgender wrestler. Now with high school ending and college on the horizon, the sports champion and national activist, must grapple with what comes next. Texas Shorts Competition, World Premiere 

The Making of Chase Humes (dir. Grace Humes) — A student who has come out as transgender, talks about experiences and hardships he’s had through his journey. Texas High School Shorts Competition 

Trans In America: Texas Strong (dir. Daresha Kyi) — An intimate portrait of Kimberly and Kai Shappley in Texas: a Christian mother rejects her community’s beliefs as her 7-year-old transgender daughter navigates life at school, where she’s been banned from the girls’ bathroom. Documentary Shorts Competition 


Vision Portraits (dir. Rodney Evans) — A deeply personal documentary by award-winning filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother) as he explores how his loss of vision may impact his creative future, and what it means to be a blind or visually impaired creative artist. Documentary Feature Competition, World Premiere

SXSW will also be host to a number of sessions for its “Social and Global Impact Track” including an LGBTQ+ Series with the following panels taking place during the festival’s opening weekend:

  • The Category is: Trans Resilience (March 8th — 11:00am-12:00pm)
  • Does Queer Media Have a Future? (March 9th — 3:30pm-4:30pm)
  • Encryption and Minority Communities (March 9th — 9:30am-10:30am)
  • Everyone’s Kinda Queer: The Future of LGBTQ Media (March 8th — 3:30pm-4:30pm)
  • F*&K Your Beauty Norms: The Power of Trans Beauty (March 8th — 12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • The Future is Fluid: How Gender and Sexuality Has Changed (March 9th — 12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • The Future of Gender Identities in Art and Media (March 10th — 11:00am-12:00pm)
  • Rainbow Reproduction Meet Up (March 10th — 5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • RIP Lesbian Bars: Creating Spaces for LGBTQ +WOMXN (March 10th — 12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Standing with the Queer Community in a Deep Red State (March 9th — 11:00am-12:00pm)

More information and the full lineup can be found at