Cable TV Celebrates Trans Week of Visibility
In 2018, FX premiered its newest show from acclaimed showrunner Ryan Murphy. “Pose” made headlines, after all it told the story of transgender and queer people building community in 1980s New York, which was a major breakthrough for queer storytelling on TV. But it also made history for the fact that record numbers of trans identifying people were the writers, producers, and stars of the program. Until that point, most projects cast cisgender (a person who identifies with the gender assigned to them at birth) actors to play trans roles, and often focused on tragedy. “Pose,” by comparison, told the story of the resilient joy that queer communities create for themselves, and did so by tapping into the real-life experiences of its cast and crew. This Trans week of visibility is a great opportunity to reflect on the sea-change that has occurred within the media industry over a short period of time.