By Sahil Patel
WNET, the flagship PBS member station based in New York, has announced a new YouTube series that will explore issues related to sexuality and gender identity.
Called “First Person,” the series comes out of an existing co-production partnership between WNET’s Interactive Engagement Group and PBS Digital Studios, the online originals arm of PBS. It will debut on February 26, via a new channel within the PBS Digital Studios YouTube network, with new episodes premiering every other week.
Each episode of “First Person” will run for five-to-eight minutes, and will examine different sets of issues facing the LGBTQ community via interviews and host commentary. Hosted by LGBTQ YouTuber Kristin Russo, the series will cover topics such as transgender transitions on YouTube, bisexual erasure, queer fashion, and coming out in sports. Guests will include trans artist and YouTuber Skylar Kergil, author Vivek Shraya, fashion stars Nicolette Mason, Arabelle Sicardi, and Rae Tutera, and ESPN correspondent Kate Fagan, among others.
The series is executive produced by Daniel B. Greenberg and Joe Harrell, and produced by Meredith Heil. Russo also serves as producer in addition to host.
“First Person” is the first of two series WNET and PBS Digital Studios plan to produce as part of their deal.