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Here Are The Most Fabulous And Bizarre Costumes From FX’s “Pose”

FX’s hit drama series “Pose” is making history in too many ways to count. The production team has assembled the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series. There is one, white cisgender male supporting star and it shows. The show also boasts the first ever trans woman of color scriptwriter writer. Beyond all these firsts, we get an inside look at what the LGBT staple culture of the late ’80s looked like for Black and Latino queer people, and it’s fabulous.

Balls were the one place LGBTQ people could congregate and truly be themselves, or whoever they wanted to be. Contestants often belonged to ‘houses’ with head ‘mothers’ and competed for prizes. Often the ‘category’ of a walk would be “weather girl” or “working man”, with the goal to “pass” as cisgender and be accepted in society. More often, the categories were just purely bizarre and fun.

The Category is Royal Family

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The opening scene of the entire series shows us the esteemed House of Abundance as they prepare to rob a museum of its Victorian-era regalia worn by actual royalty. Rumors in the ballroom community are that this actually happened, and everyone got away with it because the museum was too homophobic to press charges and get ‘negative’ press.

The Category is Best Mother

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Meet Elektra Abundance, played by Dominique Jackson, and Mother of the House of Abundance. She wins this title year after year with no competition, literally. In the community, she’s revered for being able to completely pass as cisgender.

Meet the competition, Ms. Blanca Evangelista

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Boricua Blanca leaves Elektra’s house to start her own after she discovers she’s HIV positive. Her ‘children’ begged her not to compete against Elektra. Her response? “I’ve felt the wind at my face all my life; I know when it’s at my back.” Never question your mother.

Pray Tell is our eloquent emcee.

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Let the record show that this show is set in 1987-88, and his character designs all his own clothes. But because of homophobia, he wouldn’t have made it as a fashion designer. Instead, he’s revered in the community and leader of all balls.

The Category Is Best Dressed, High Class, In A Fur Coat

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He’s serving us Billy Dean, “mascul-tint-ity” and “butch queen realness.” This look earned him a spot at the House of Evangelista, baby.

The Category is Snow Ball

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Angel walks out at every ball looking like she fell from heaven. She’s a Snow Belle.

The Category is Butch Queen

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He didn’t even bother putting on a costume, and he won. The satire of this entire show is that the costumes people are putting on are the ones that the hetero world made. Everyone is in costume, trying to pass.

The Category is Weather Girl

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When Puerto Rican beauty, Angel Evangelista, played by Indya Moore, stepped out into this category, the emcee changed the name of the game. “This category is realness. Bring it like a weather girl. Who will show up? Whether it be rain or shine, who is real enough to be on channel 9? Oh, Ms. Angel, this category used to be for the juicy girls, but not tonight.”

9. The Category is Labels

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No knock-offs allowed in here, just pure realness. This is all our favorite look of Elektra’s. She just received her gender affirming surgery and is looking fresh and happy as hell.

The Category is Intergalactic Best-Dressed

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“Quarter grapefruit, quarter gingerbread man and totally out of his miiind.” He’s from the depths of the sea. Is he here for business or pleasure? We don’t want to find out, darlings.

Meet The “All-Seeing, All-Knowing Twizzler Licorice Realness”

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“I don’t know what she’s invoking, but I’m totally spellbound,” says Pray Tell.

She’s a “Dipsy Doodle Big B**ch Tag”

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Okay, I don’t know what this means but even Pray Tell admits, “That’s a bold move, and we love you for it, b**ch.”

Madeline Meets Mime

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Moving past how terrifying it would be to meet an alien that was this creepy, can we acknowledge the beauty in the details? We’re waiting to meet the costume designer when she gets her Nobel Peace Prize.

The Category is Face

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You can’t buy this category. You’re born into it. Angel wins this category every single time, because, well, that face is flawless. You’ve been blessed, Indya Moore.

The Category is ‘You About to Get Reamed By Elektra’

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After Elektra gets her vaginoplasty, her sugar daddy becomes disgusted with her and abandons her. Her value as a sex object plummets and she’s forced to find another way to make a living. As viewers, it was tragic to see Elektra return to stripping, and glorious when we saw Blanca take her in.

Elektra returns to the balls and gives all the ‘children’ who abandoned her a run for their money.

The Category is Mother-Daughter Realness

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Each mother had to introduce her daughter at a Debutante Ball, and they better be wearing spring colors. Ms. Angel is pure Peppermint Patty Perfection.

Elektra almost always relies on her physical beauty and style to win.

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At different points, the judges will take a magnifying glass to look at contestants skin. How soft are they? How ‘real’ are they?

Others earn points for vogueing.

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Check it: only the lining touches the ground. That’s a move.

The Category is Working Girl

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The beauty of this category is that FX’s Pose truly is giving the LGBTQ community working jobs to be exactly who they are, representing their community accurately. We’re here for that.

We rate Pose 10 out of 10.

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The execution, the message, the costumes, the representation, todo de todo. Check it out on FX, Google Play or the Apple Store the first chance you get. It’s all the LGBT Latinx realness we need.

READ: FX’s ‘Pose’ Is Giving Trans People Of Color The Representation They Have Never Seen Before

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

As the Puerto Rican government is debating a bill on conversion therapy, Kany García is speaking out against the controversial practice. The Boricua singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the senators in favor of Senate Bill 184, which would help end conversion therapy on the island.

Kany is one of Puerto Rico’s most-decorated artists.

García is one of the Puerto Rico’s top artists. She’s won six Latin Grammy out of a career 20 nominations. In March, she was also nominated for her third Grammy Award for her latest album Mesa Para Dos.

This year Kany celebrated five years since coming out.

On Valentine’s Day 2016, García revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner, Jocelyn Troche. The couple is still going strong with Troche appearing in last year’s “Lo Que En Ti Veo.” She and García share beautiful moments in the video. At November’s Latin Grammy Awards, there was a big wave of artists in the LGBTQ+ community in the major categories, including García, Ricky Martin, Pablo Alborán, and Jesse y Joy’s Joy Huerta.

She’s telling Puerto Rican senators to pass Senate Bill 184 in her letter.

Since coming out, García has remained at the forefront of queer issues in Puerto Rico. The passage of Senate Bill 184 seeks to prohibit conversion therapy. The controversial practice has long harmed LGBTQ+ communities. It’s thought of as a way to rid them of their queer gender or sexual identities.

“Puerto Rico deserves that every girl and boy, every young woman and young man can be who they want to be and love who they want to love,” García wrote in her letter. “This measure has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the protection of Puerto Rican children and youth.”

García speaks from her own experience. “I am an example of how to be faithful to who you are. I am a woman who deeply loves her partner and who is loved by her family and by our people. There is nothing to change. There is nothing to repair. There’s nothing to heal. We have to give the same opportunity that I have had, to be who I am, to all our children and youth.”

García further writes that the bill should be passed as-is without any amendments. According to Al Día news, Popular Democratic Party Senators Gretchen Hau, Elizabeth Rosa Velez, and Migdalia Gonzalez have filed several amendments to Senate Bill 184 as of Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi has indicated that he’s ready to override the senators if necessary.

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

The pandemic has left us hyper-focused on cleanliness and hygiene. This new normal has expanded to envelope everything in life, like work. Billy Porter, in partnership with Clorox® Scentiva®, spoke with mitú about working post-quarantine and a sweepstakes to help people upgrade their homes.

Billy Porter is grateful to have been able to get back to work after an uncertain year of quarantine.

The pandemic shut down nearly every aspect of life over the past year. This includes production on television shows and movies while we waited to learn how the virus spread. Porter was one of the entertainers who had to wait to see what his job looked like. Covid protocols and disinfecting practices allowed him to get back to what he loved.

“My momma in the church always said that cleanliness is next to godliness so I’m trying to be as spiritually hive minded as I possibly can,” Porter says. “Keeping myself clean, keeping my space clean. Keeping my life clean and in order. It is a blessing and a gift to be able to get back to work in this time.”

Porter acknowledges that his ability to work during this time is something that so many people are unable to relate to. He recognizes the privilege he has in being able to go back to filming the final season of “Pose.”

The show is such a powerful moment of representation for queer and trans people of color.

Trans and queer people of color have long been ignored by both mainstream media and within the LGBTQ+ community. “Pose” was a time for the community to truly shine while telling the story of a generation that fought for their lives.

Porter is grateful to have the chance to be one of the players making the stories come to life. When he first started acting, the idea of a show like “Pose” was impossible.

“I also am grateful that I get to be a vessel to tell the story of the generation of people who were my friends whose legacy I get to lay out for the world and on whose shoulders I stand,” Porter says. “It was so great to go back post-quarantine to the set.”

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