Billy Porter and More Pose Stars Reflect on Their Impact Within the LGBTQ+ World

The FX series returns with season 2 on Tuesday

By Cydney Contreras Jun 08, 2019 2:16 AMTags

Let's face it, the LGBTQ+ community wouldn't be the same if it weren't for the stars of Pose.

Billy PorterIndya Moore and the rest of the show's cast are truly making a difference in the LGBTQ+ world and beyond. From Indya Moore landing the cover of Elle, which was a first in the magazine's history, to Billy Porter's fabulous red carpet appearance at the Met Gala, this cast is breaking down barriers like never before. 

The way Porter describes it to E! News is that they are part of a show "that's new, that's fresh, that's never been done before."

Not only does the series increase representation for all communities, it allows the cast the opportunity to increase visibility. For example, Billy Porter's showstopping entrance to the Met Gala. "Just something as little as that, that seems so frivolous on the surface, actually makes such a difference in peoples lives," Billy explains.

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But even Porter says that joining the talented cast taught him a lot. He shares, "As a gay man, you know, I had to come to terms with the fact that the T in LGBTQ was largely absent from my knowledge."


Luckily, the series introduced him to an amazing group of trans women. MJ Rodriguez points out, "There's not one trans woman on this show whose of color, there's five trans women and they are leading women."

His co-star Dominique Jackson says that she is proud of their work on the show, which is helping people to realize "we are human beings." She adds, "And that's what needs to be respected."

See the cast when it returns with season 2 on Tuesday on FX.