Things We Saw Today: Ryan Murphy’s Pose Makes TV History With Five Transgender Actors

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Ryan Murphy has spoken honestly and frequently about his commitment to expanding representation of marginalized communities in his projects, acknowledging his own blind spots and missteps. It’s nice to see that that’s not just talk. For his upcoming anthology series Pose, set in 1980s New York, Murphy has cast five transgender actors: MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. All will be series regulars, setting a record for scripted television.

Next step: living in a world where five isn’t an unprecedented number of transgender actors.

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What did you all see out there today?

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