“Pose” Star Dyllón Burnside to Host PBS’ Pride Month Series

"Prideland" will highlight LGBTQ life in the South.

PBS has tapped out actor Dyllón Burnside for Prideland, its Pride Month showcase for 2020.

The forthcoming short-form digital series will highlight LGBTQ life and culture in the South with Burnside, a Florida native, as its host. The 31-year-old actor and singer is best known for playing Ricky Evangelista—a gay man living with HIV and a lover to Billy Porter’s Pray Tell—in FX’s hit series Pose.

The six-episode series will premiere on PBS Voices, a new documentary-focused YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios.
 

Prideland kicks off Tuesday, May 26, with a deep-dive into Burnside’s upbringing in Pensacola, including why he left the South after getting fired from his church for coming out as gay. The series will also include a one-hour Prideland special, airing Friday, June 12 at 9pm ET on PBS.

In a media statement, Brandon Arolfo, head of PBS Digital Studios, affirmed that LGBTQ culture “has always been a part of the American story.”

“With the launch of Prideland on PBS Voices, PBS is excited to travel into the heart of America to see first-hand how the United States is changing from within, and how so many LGBTQ+ people and their allies are working to ensure they can live their lives with pride,” Arolfo added.

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