For Jen Richards, there’s no question that Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” was a revolutionary show for representing trans actors, characters, and stories.
“Because, like, all of the questions are changed now. Everything that we thought was a given is no longer stable.” She cited former excuses trans actors would hear, like, “Oh, you can’t have a trans actor in a lead or you can’t have an unknown actor. There aren’t trans actors. There aren’t trans writers.”
Michael seconded that “you can’t have a trans love scene” either.
But Richards praised Murphy for saying, “Here. I’m gonna do all of the things,” she said. “And it’s such a great example of what happens when you include trans people at every level of the production behind the camera and on the camera. And you really show a whole community.”