‘Visible: Out on Television,’ a documentary series tracing the history of LGBTQ representation on television, debuts on Apple TV+

Visible: Out on Television, a new five-part documentary television series event from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, and executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, debuts in its entirety on February 14, 2020, exclusively on Apple TV+.

The series investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. Combining archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement and the screen, the docuseries is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe. Each hour-long explores themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry.

The docu-series features never-before-seen interviews with GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and dozens more.

For well over a year, GLAAD has been closely involved with the production, advising and consulting behind-the-scenes with the folks making it all come together. 

Visible: Out on Television is an in-depth look at the power of television and a love letter to everyone who has brought us this far in our journey towards acceptance,” said co-executive producer Wilson Cruz. “GLAAD has been at the forefront of this movement. In fact, they have been integral in calling on and calling out the media throughout the organization’s history. It is no exaggeration to say that we owe GLAAD a debt of gratitude for, both, their powerful public appeals and their essential behind the scenes work with networks and content creators to ensure that LGBTQ people are represented on our screens with the dignity and respect that we all deserve.”

“Every LGBTQ person should watch Visible: Out on Television to understand exactly how far of a journey we’ve taken to get where we are on television today,” said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media. “Visible is a docu-series that speaks to the heart of GLAAD's mission by shedding light on the huge importance of media representation and GLAAD's continued work to tell LGBTQ stories on TV in order to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ryan, Jessica, Wilson, and Wanda have created an important and extraordinary series that will live on for generations to come.”

Visible: Out on Television premieres on Apple TV+ on February 14th and is directed and executive produced by Ryan White (“Ask Dr. Ruth,” “The Case Against 8,” “The Keepers”). Jessica Hargrave, Wilson Cruz, and Wanda Sykes also serve as executive producers.