Image: Screenshot from new queer TV show POSE
Ryan Murphy, the out screenwriter and producer behind Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud, has created the queerest TV show of the year, Pose. Set in New York in the 1980s, Pose brings to life the city’s queer ballroom culture, the literary social scene and the greed-is-good corporate world. The series is co-created by Steven Canals.
Premiering on FX on June 3, the show includes the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted TV show and will have trans directors behind the camera. Trans activists Janet Mock and Our Lady J are producers and part of the writing team.
“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,” said Murphy.
“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.”
Ball culture, also known as house ball culture, is an underground LGBT subculture that began in Harlem 50 years ago for mainly black and latino queer youth. Madonna featured the ball culture dance style ‘voguing’ in her Vogue music video in 1990 and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Paris Is Burning, which is about the scene, was also released in 1990.
So come on, vogue
Let your body move to the music
hey hey hey…