The hit Fx show, Pose is well into Season 2 but if you are new to the series you can catch all the drama of Season 1 while it is currently streaming on Netflix. Pose first crept onto our screens last June and has been a whirlwind ride ever since. The series celebrates the underground ballroom scene and harsh realities of genderqueer and trans life in the city. Set in New York circa 1980, each episode methodically tells the stories of black and Latinx transgender people juxtaposed against the luxurious lifestyles of American high society. Since the show’s airing the cast has received lots of praise and well-deserved limelights. For much of the cast the struggles of the characters in Pose are all too familiar and with the shows rising popularity many have been thrust into a larger celebratory light.
For example, Indya Moore, who plays Angel a transgender prostitute, was the 1st trans person to cover Elle for the magazine’s June edition. Though her journey was far from easy, Indya’s success has been an inspiration to many and she credits her massive social media following as support during the rough times. Originally from Pittsburgh Billy Porter, plays Pray Tell the vivacious emcee of the Pose balls. In real life, he is a true theatrical talent (see his commercial performance with James Corden at the Tony Awards!)
His career spans from Broadway musicals to the traditional theater to directing and playwriting. He’s also won several Tony awards, Grammys and a list of other prestigious awards. Though you may know him best from his extravagant entrances to the 2019 Golden Globes and the recent Met Gala, where he stole the show (and shut down the pink carpet) as the “Sun God”. Both Indya and Billy’s characters bring the drama to each and every ball and the dramatics of the show are not to be understated. Each episode is telling of the over-the-top artistic scene New York was and is exactly why you should be binge-watching this dramatic and very authentic show. Let’s discuss…
When we first meet Damon, the soon to be star of Evangelista, he is being tossed out of his home with dreams of becoming a professional dancer, only to be homeless and sleeping in the park. In a moment of fate, he’s found and taken in by house mother Blanca and her newly formed House of Evangelista. Soon the family grows from 2 to 5 with the addition of Angel, Ricky and Papi and the small House begin to gain respect and trophies at the weekly balls. Seeing where each member comes from sets the scene and watching how they go from strangers to an endearing family is gripping and heartfelt.
You may have heard of the ballroom scene and lifestyle that stormed underground NYC but you haven’t seen it come to life like this. Each ball brings a full-on celebration of culture, fashion, music, and art. With all of the extravagant and alluring categories, you will be in awe of what each house comes up with to take the grand prize, not to mention PrayTell’s read-worthy antidotes for each who dares to walk the floor. Along with the drama that is bound to show up, the ball scenes are a like watching a brilliant dream happen in the ignored and forgotten parts of the city.
At its core Pose is about positivity and acceptance. On and off-screen, the show boasts one of the largest transgender casts and has several LBGT writers and producers on staff. Pose dives deep into each of the characters contrasting lives while maintaining a steady narrative connecting them all together. Glamour and drama aside, you will see their world with new eyes and are sure to walk away from each episode with a fresh understanding of a world you knew very little about before.