The 'Pose' cast and creative team are poised for greatness - here's where you've seen them before

When the news broke on Wednesday that Ryan Murphy’s new FX pilot Pose would include the largest transgender cast ever in a scripted television series - as well as incredibly talented trans people behind the camera and in the writer’s room - it brought a lot of joy to many in the LGBTQ community and beyond... and rightfully so! Although the show has not yet been picked up to series, we already can’t contain our excitement. 

The Pose cast and creative team are filled with many familiar faces, several of whom GLAAD has worked with and recognized for their previous projects.

Pose show creator Ryan Murphy received his first GLAAD Media Award at the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in 2000 for his show Popular. Murphy also was honored in 2010 for Glee, in 2013 for The New Normal and American Horror Story: Asylum, and in 2015 for bringing a beautiful version of The Normal Heart to HBO.

Angelica Ross, who will play Candy in Pose, took the stage at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York earlier this year, to accept an award for her appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In her acceptance speech alongside Noah, Ross shared a message of empowerment to trans women of color: “Never give up, because your dreams matter, your stories matter, your lives matter,” adding, "no matter what challenge you're faced with, you can overcome it. You can overcome it.”

Dominique Jackson, who has been cast as Elektra in Pose, shared the GLAAD Media Awards stage with her co-stars from Oxygen’s Strut (along with executive producer Whoopi Goldberg) when the show took home the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown this past spring.

Billy Porter, a Tony Award winner for his role in Kinky Boots, will play a character named Pray Tell in Pose. He brought down the house with this powerful acceptance speech when he accepted GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards earlier this year.;

Pose writer Janet Mock first graced the GLAAD Media Awards stage in 2012, when she was nominated for her essay in Marie Claire disclosing her gender history. She and Laverne Cox appeared onstage together to introduce GLAAD’s work with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. “It is my belief that by living visibly and standing and sharing in your truth that you help your community, your allies, and I believe even your oppressors, recognize the humanity that lies within us all,” Mock told the crowd that night.

Singer/songwriter Our Lady J (seen in video, below) is also on the Pose writing team. She’s also been a writer for several seasons on Transparent and was on stage this past spring when the show won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Pose co-executive producer Silas Howard also attended the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Transparent team, after he directed three episodes of the series.

Silas Howard

Just last month, Pose star Tatiana Maslany was seen wearing GLAAD’s #TogetherMovement ampersand pin on the red carpet at the Emmys. Her show Orphan Black has received 4 GLAAD Media Award nominations, and in 2015 Maslany sat down with GLAAD to talk about why she’s an LGBT ally:

Pose also stars MJ Rodriguez (Blanca), Indya Moore (Angel), Hailie Sahar (Lulu), Ryan Jamaal Swain (Damon), Evan Peters (Stan), Kate Mara (Patty), and James Van Der Beek. Additional creative talent includes choreographers Leiomy Maldando and Danielle Polanco, ball consultants Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and consultants Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King and Sol Williams.