Wednesday, November 24, 2021

PRIDELAND: “An Openly Gay Pastor’s Journey to Acceptance in the Bible Belt”

The groundbreaking series PRIDELAND addresses how 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 their communities of origin or those they create. In this PBS Voices series, 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.


PRIDELAND highlights authentic personal stories brought to life through Dyllón 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.