PBS celebrates Pride Month with PRIDELAND, a Short-Form Digital Series and New One-Hour Special with host and actor Dyllón Burnside, exploring LGBTQ+ identity in the U.S. South
PBS is celebrating LGBTQ+ 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, beginning Thursday, May 26. A one-hour companion special, also hosted by Burnside, will premiere on Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App. Viewers and PBS station members can also view additional LGBTQ+ series, documentaries and specials via PBS.org, the PBS Video App and PBS Passport (contact local PBS station for details) in June.
NEW PBS PRIMETIME PREMIERES
One-Hour Special: PRIDELAND
Friday, June 12, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Follow Dyllón Burnside on a journey across the American South to meet diverse members of the LGBTQ+ community. From a lesbian rodeo champ in Texas to an African American mayor ally in Alabama, he discovers how LGBTQ+ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South.
NEW PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS PREMIERES
Episode 1: "Out, Proud & Southern: Dyllón Burnside's Story"
Tuesday, May 26 on PBS Voices
Dyllón Burnside begins his journey by setting the stage of the series with his personal story of growing up in Pensacola, Florida. He explores what the South means to him, and why he left after getting fired from his church for coming out. He returns to discover that the South is home to more queer people than any other region in the U.S. with more than one third of all LGBTQ+ adult Americans live below the Mason Dixon line. He also learns that the region has the most negative LGBTQ+ policies in the country and meets different people fighting for equal rights, starting with Carmarion D. Anderson, HRC Alabama State Director, the first transgender woman of color to hold such a leadership position.
Episode 2: "An Openly Gay Pastor's Journey to Acceptance in the Bible Belt"
Tuesday, June 2 on PBS Voices
The LGBTQ+ experience is as diverse and varied as the individuals who comprise it. While some still find rejection close to home, others are finding more and more acceptance in communities of origin or those they create. In this episode, Dyllón Burnside introduces viewers to Rob Lowry, an openly gay minister at a small, but mainstream church in Jackson, Mississippi. He was offered the job before the church knew he was gay, but they accepted him with open arms when he told them he would only take the position if he could lead while openly gay. Lowry is creating just that kind of community - open to all who take the command to "love thy neighbor as thy would thyself" to heart and in practice.
Episode 3: "Polyamory, Demisexuality, and Being Transgender in the South"
Tuesday, June 9 on PBS Voices
Dyllón Burnside sits down with a group of diverse LGBTQ+ members to learn how to embrace sex positivity and maneuver the modern dating scene. They talk candidly about asexuality, polyamorous relationships and how to manage diverging expectations in the queer community.
Episode 4: "The Heartwarming Story of One of Alabama's First Same-Sex Adoptions"
Tuesday, June 16 on PBS Voices
Dyllón Burnside is invited into the home of a lesbian couple who would not let anyone, or any law get in the way of them getting married and adopting the child of their dreams. He listens to how they have overcome the unique challenges of forming a family in the South and learns what obstacles remain for other LGBTQ+ people in their home state of Alabama.
Episode 5: "Championing LGBTQ+ Healthcare in Mississippi"
Tuesday, June 23 on PBS Voices
Dyllón Burnside meets Scott Rodgers, M.D. and Lillian J. Houston, M.D., two doctors who founded the Center for LGBTQ Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, one of the few LGBTQ+ clinics in Mississippi to provide quality healthcare without fear of discrimination. In many parts of the South it's legal for doctors to deny services to LGBTQ+ people based on their religious beliefs. To make matters worse, the South has the highest concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. These doctors and their team are determined to address these issues head-on.
Episode 6: "The Bakery Battleground: The Mississippi Baker Standing Up For Gay Rights"
Tuesday, June 30 on PBS Voices
Dyllón Burnside examines the crucial role of allies in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and how religious beliefs have sometimes been used as a pretext for discrimination. In this episode, he visits Mitchell Moore, a baker in the heart of the Bible Belt who risks his business, Campbell's Bakery, to take a stand for LGBTQ+ rights
PBS ENCORE PRESENTATIONS
"THE LAVENDER SCARE"
Friday, June 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.
PBS FREE STREAMING (PBS Video App, PBS.org & PBS Digital Studios)
The following LGBTQ+ programming will be available on the PBS Video App and PBS.org from Monday, June 1-Tuesday, June 30:
"Stonewall Uprising: The Year That Changed America"
Explore what happened when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City on June 28, 1969. The streets erupted into violent protests that lasted for six days and marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
WHAT I HEAR YOU SAY
"When Did You Become Gay"
Take a closer look at the words used to describe LGBTQA communities through storytelling, analysis, and humor. This episode of WHAT I HEAR YOU SAY explores sexuality, gender fluidity, and the language used to describe LGBTQA communities from 3 unique perspectives: an activist (Kristin Russo), a professor (Moya Bailey), and a media personality (Tyler Ford).
"Growing Up Trans"
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too - with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.
First Person explores gender identity and sexuality, covering LGBTQ issues through first-person narratives. The show aims to humanize issues that are often underrepresented in the media or presented as political or moral issues, detached from the people who are living them on a day-to-day basis. them.us was the official media partner for this series.
PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS Series
ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING
"History of the Word Gay"
The word "GAY" has a long history in the English language, but why did "GAY" stop meaning "happy" and start referring "same sex relationships?" Watch this week's episode of Origin of Everything to find out.
THE ART ASSIGNMENT
"What Art Tells Us About Gender"
There is a huge range of ways that gender has been understood and represented in the history of art. PBS Digital Studios looks at a few examples that show us gender is a concept that has never been fixed: Hermaphroditos by the ancient Greeks, Titian's Venus of Urbino, Baule portrait masks, the photographs of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, and Maya stone carvings.
PBS Short Film Festival
LOVE WINS tells the story of two women, Jan (83) and Emily (89), who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. During this time, they raised a family while living completely in the closet. After 45 years of living a double life, Jan and Em finally got married and are now community activists and proud flag-waving members of the social movement that changed history.
"ODE TO PABLO"
Challenged to a basketball game by local boys, Pablo, a queer, deaf Latino, agrees to play. He does not reveal much about himself but lets his basketball skill speak for itself. He is enjoying the game, when an unexpected incident makes it clear to the other teens that Pablo is deaf. Despite assumptions about each, and, however brief, Pablo makes a connection with one of the boys.
Rani is a social outcast, transgender woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned child. Set on the streets of Pakistan, she is determined to do the right thing amid waves of challenges.
"THE HIDDEN VOTE: Are Gay Rights Gun Rights"
Meet Vincent, who grew up a Democrat in North Carolina, but is now a conservative, pro-gun activist who thinks gays should take up arms after the Pulse shooting. Meet Mitchell, who grew up conservative but is now a progressive voter who does not think the solution is more guns. They also happen to be dating.
PBS PASSPORT PRESENTATIONS
The following LGBTQ+ programming will be available for streaming on PBS Passport from Monday, June 1-Tuesday, June 30:
"Man in an Orange Shirt"
Two love stories, 60 years apart, chart the changes and challenges in gay lives in England - from the era of jail terms to the onset of dating apps. Vanessa Redgrave stars in this drama scripted by best-selling novelist Patrick Gale.
WE'LL MEET AGAIN
Join Ann Curry as people who first met during the early days of the LGBT movement reunite. Tom longs to find the friend who helped him accept his sexuality while Paul searches for the student activist whose courage changed his life.
For more information on PBS's Pride Month programming, the new PRIDELAND one-hour special and digital series, and PBS Voices, visit PBS.org and the PBS YouTube Channel. Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation by tagging @PBS and using #PridelandPBS and #PBSVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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