‘Pose’ stars stand up for homeless LGBT youth in a video collaboration with True Colors United
MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter and other cast members from the hit show Pose have spoken out about their past experiences with isolation in an attempt to combat homelessness within the LGBT+ community. Joining forces with New York-based advocacy organisation True Colors United to create a moving video message in honour of True Colors Day, the stars discussed their struggles and how they learned to celebrate who they are. Ryan Jamaal Swain, who plays aspiring dancer Damon Richards on the show, begins: “For so much of our life, society tells us to conform and twist into these notions as to who they think we are. I think what’s so beautiful about Pose is the fact that so many young people are seeing themselves realised.” Doing representation the right way “Representation means ‘letting us be seen as humans’,” Rodriguez says. “A lot of trans women, particular trans women of colour, we’ve always had to fight for our rights.” “Visibility can bring hope for a lot of people,” Jackson continues.
Created by Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, Pose tackles themes of homelessness head-on as it depicts several characters sleeping rough in New York City before meeting Rodriguez’s character Blanca
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