Professional bigots at American Family Association started a petition to stop PBS Voices from airing Prideland, a new series hosted by Dyllón Burnside. PBS does not seem too concerned, though. According to PBS:
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 Tuesday, May 26.
Via AFA’s pearl-clutching press release:
PBS’s decision to partner with Burnside to push the homosexual agenda is an unjust attack on Christianity and a mockery of the Bible and God’s design for human sexuality. Sadly, PBS is proudly promoting a lifestyle that is unhealthy to both the individual who participates in the unnatural sexual behavior and to society as a whole. For example, Episode 2 is titled “An Openly Gay Pastor’s Journey to Acceptance in the Bible Belt.”PBS describes the episode this way: “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.” Other videos highlight transgenders, same-sex adoptions, and sexual “hookups.”
Transgenders, adoptions and hookups, oh my!
Meanwhile, PBS has released more info about this fabulous program, and Dyllón 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. 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.
Be sure to support this kind of programming by checking it out and telling your friends!
Image: PBS / Prideland