New York’s commitment to LGBTQ rights extends beyond legislation and initiatives. It also serves as a backdrop for productions that bring understanding and acceptance to audiences around the world.
Set and produced in New York City, the groundbreaking series Pose is making television history with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles. The Golden Globe-nominated show also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.
A 2018 Williams Institute study shows the importance of positive transgender representations in media like those in Pose. It found that simply showing images of transgender individuals helped reduce transphobia in participants and translated into increased support for transgender rights.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, Pose spotlights the legends of New York’s underground ball culture. The series also highlights the struggles of LGBTQ individuals and focuses on the HIV/ AIDS epidemic in New York City.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced in 2018 that he would donate all of his profits from the series to LGBTQ and transgender charitable organizations.
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