‘Pose’ Stars Call Out Straight Cisgendered Actors For Taking Trans Roles

As the cast of “Pose” attended The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard‘s first-ever Pride Summit, they took the opportunity to bring awareness to topics of importance.

“It’s time to start unlearning the scripts that were passed down to us,” said Angel Bismark Curiels while on the panel “Televised Revolution: The Beings of ‘Pose'”.

Curiels was joined by castmates Indya Moore, Mj Rodriguez, Hailie Sahar and Dyllón Burnside where they spoke about portraying HIV on the show and LGBTQ+ stories in the media.

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The Papi actor said that it isn’t enough just to have to stories being told if they aren’t coming from someone who wasn’t familiar with the experience. “It’s not enough. … You have to make sure that the people who are putting it out there are living with those experiences,” he said.

Sahar, who identifies as non-binary compared straight cisgendered actors and actresses who play transgender characters to blackface.

“Why would you play a role you don’t care about?” Moore asked. “Or do you just want to expand and stretch and show people you can act?”

Rodriguez pointed out the importance of having people behind the scenes, like the writers, who know what it is like to be marginalized.

“We need to be in the forefront and in the background as well,” Rodriguez said. “It can’t just work one way.”

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As for portraying HIV on the show, Rodriquez said that is the “truth”. “There’s still a stigma held around that and that’s why people don’t want to tell this story,” she added.

Other panels that are part of the summit include “They/Them Write The Songs”, “Digital Media: Pride And Platforms” and “Drag & Music: From Drag Race To The Top Of The Charts”.


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