In a new PBS digital series and companion special which will air on the linear network, Pose star Dyllón Burnside journeys across the South to meet diverse groups of LGBTQ+ people.
The official description: PRIDELAND opens a window into the world of modern-day LGBTQ+ life in America. 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.
Burnside said, “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."
The six-episode digital series is halfway through its run. The remaining episodes will debut over the next three Tuesdays on the PBS Voices YouTube channel. The one-hour companion special airs Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS and will be able to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms.