Prideland

Prideland

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Photo: Prideland host Dyllón Burnside

Credit: Courtesy of Taylor Miller/Buzzfeed News 

Actor Dyllón Burnside hosts Prideland, which opens a window into the world of modern-day LGBTQ+ life in America.

WXXI is celebrating LGTBQ+ Pride Month with the launch of Prideland, a new one-hour special and short-form digital series following host and actor Dyllón Burnside (from FX’s “Pose”) on a journey across the South. The six-episode short-form series will launch on PBS Voices, a new documentary-focused YouTube Channel by PBS Digital Studios online now. A one-hour companion special, also hosted by Burnside, will premiere on Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Produced by Tiny Horse, the series highlights authentic personal stories brought to life through Burnside’s curious, exploratory lens. As an LGBTQ+ advocate, he guides viewers into the South’s various LGBTQ+ communities, connecting with people of different backgrounds, locations, experiences and points of view. 

“Being a queer boy raised in the South, I had distinct memories of feeling like I could never be my authentic-self there, so I left seeking acceptance and affirming communities. But I never left my southern roots,” Burnside said. “I wanted to go back as an adult and see if things had changed, and I’m proud to report that they have. Although there are still many challenges for queer folks in the south, which is home to more LGBTQ+ adults than anywhere else in the U.S., I’m in awe of everyone I met who are creating change in their communities. I believe that authenticity is a superpower, and these queer heroes and allies are truly inspirational.”    

Prideland addresses how and why attitudes towards the community have changed, the ongoing challenges still faced by LGBTQ+ people, as well as stories of celebration and the vital role of allies. In their own voices, members of these communities answer questions that help to create real understanding of who they are and what it means to be their authentic selves in the places they call home.

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