In an interview with The Guardian, Janet Mock – part of the writing/producing team on Ryan Murphy‘s FX series Pose – explained that the show will be much more “radical” than Transparent, because
“five black and brown trans women will be the centre of a show on a network drama in primetime.“
Pose is set in 80s NYC, and shows life in the city’s iconic queer ballroom culture, a la Paris is Burning.
Wow’s James St. James posted the trailer rather skeptically last week, but as part of that scene in the 80s, who can blame him. The series features MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross, all of whom are trans.
When asked what she thinks of Transparent, Mock said,
“I don’t watch it, so I don’t know. It was never really for me. Just because there’s a trans character doesn’t mean it’s a show I would watch,. It’s about somebody way older than me, who was a professor. Transparent is about a white, middle-class, liberal family, so there are no intersections that interest me.
Our show is centering on trans women of color in a way they’ve not been centered on ever. What’s so radical to me is that, unlike Transparent, where there is one main character who is trans and played by a man, we have five main characters who are trans played by trans women.
That five black and brown trans women will be the centre of a show on a network drama in primetime is huge. And they’re going to be on billboards. It’s amazing this is going to exist in the world.”
Murphy has said that the first season of Pose will feature scores of LGBTQ actors He explained,
“Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I’m so proud that Pose and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production.
Additionally, the first season Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters — a record in American television history. I can’t wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast.”
Pose stars Kinky Boots star Billy Porter, as well as former Murphy collaborators like Kate Mara and Evan Peters.
The first of 8 episodes of Pose will premiere June 3 on FX.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) April 13, 2018
(Photos, YouTube; via Pink News)