This "Pose" Storyline Is Being Praised For Tackling Racism And Transphobia In The LGBTQ+ Community
13 June 2018, 12:36 | Updated: 13 June 2018, 12:42
This is so important.
If you're not watching Pose yet, what are you doing? The brand new Ryan Murphy series about 80s ball culture in New York is one of the standout shows of the year so far. And it's not just receiving praise for its brilliant script and acting. Pose stars FIVE trans women of colour, it's written by trans women and it features storylines that have never been aired on TV before.
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The second episode of the show premiered on Sunday and it's safe to say that viewers loved it just as much as the first. Not only did it lay the foundations for a new romance between two black men (we ship Damon and Ricky) but it also contained a brilliant frank gay sex talk between Blanca (a trans woman and ball house mother) and Damon (her gay house son).
That's not all though. The thing that caught viewers' attention most was the fact that it didn't shy away from the transphobia and racism that (still) exists within the gay community. In the episode, Blanca attempts to buy a drink at a popular gay bar and she is kicked out. She then tries to stand her ground and go again but is physically beaten because of it.
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Sadly this scenario was all too common then and it is still all too common now (many gays bars reject women even though trans women helped fight for the rights that we have today). The most harrowing part of the episode was the fact that all of the white gay men around Blanca in the bar ignore what happens to her. They passively engage in racism and transphobia.
Viewers were quick to tweet about how great the episode was.
Some were impressed with how quickly the show is tackling transphobia in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Pose is really tackling transphobia in the LGBTQ community in the second episode... #poseFX pic.twitter.com/enzGwqvZT4— Ashley (@Gyllenhaalic15) June 11, 2018
This series is not messing around.
Others took the episode as a lesson to cisgender gay men.
Cisgendered gay men (of all shades) need to be better allies to and advocates for the Transgender community. #posefx— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) June 11, 2018
We can all do better.
A few people were quick to note how important it is that the series doesn't ignore racism within the LGBTQIA+ community.
I love that #PoseFx is tackling racism/discrimination in LGBTQ community. The main reason I love the show is because it centers black and brown people.— Lisa Simone Raja (@ITGrlLisaSimone) June 11, 2018
It is so vital that these stories are heard.
One or two fans even lauded the show for essentially giving us a lesson in racism in US gay bar history.
Imagine kicking Blanca out of a gay bar in NYC when it was trans women who started the riot that allowed you to drink in queer spaces without fear of police raids— Ira (@ira) June 11, 2018
This is essential knowledge.
A couple of viewers were even keen to stress how this racism and transphobia is not just a thing of the past.
This (white) gay bar is SOME TEAAAAAA— Shar (@SharSaysSo) June 11, 2018
The writing on #PoseFX is CLOCKING IT ALL!!!!
(Ps this is STILL happening in 2018) pic.twitter.com/AI5I4bErzv
It's time that we address the transphobia and racism that exists around us.
And then there were those who are just emotional about how much amazing content Pose is providing us with.
In two episodes, #PoseFX has discussed comprehensive sexuality education, HIV, house rivalry, transphobia, violence against trans women, racism, top/bottoms, love between Black men. Like... omg.— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) June 11, 2018
ALL OF THIS. pic.twitter.com/KwnqQ7TuTv
This show is so necessary. We cannot wait to see more.