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Living in a Post-'Pose' World: Trans Actors on How the FX Series Has Affected Change

For Jen Richards, there’s no question that Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” was a revolutionary show for representing trans actors, characters, and stories.

“I find myself saying the phrase ‘a post-“Pose” world,'” she said on a roundtable of trans actors including Brian Michael from “Queen Sugar” and Laverne Cox from “Orange Is the New Black.”

“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.”

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