‘I Want You to Win’: How Pose Actress Angelica Ross Is Winning TV, Tech and Trans Activism

If, like me, you’ve become a fast devotee of the new Ryan Murphy-helmed series Pose, you’ve no doubt become familiar with the perfectly delivered one-liners of character Candy Abundance (member of the House of Abundance, of course). Episode 4, which aired last Sunday, gave us an opportunity to get to know Candy better…

‘Why Aren’t People Speaking Up for Us?’ Activist and Model Munroe Bergdorf Pleads for Trans Lives

Last September, transgender activist and model Munroe Bergdorf made headlines when her straight talk about racism cost her a coveted campaign with L’Oreal. But Bergdorf hasn’t let the experience silence her; in fact, she’s allowed it to further fuel her openness about the myriad issues affecting black people, women,…

Strike a Pose: Ryan Murphy’s Tribute to Ballroom Culture Isn’t Perfect, but It Is Very Necessary

From the very first shot, which pans from a disco ball to a pair of voguing hands flexing to the beat of Taana Gardner’s classic dance hit, “Heartbeat,” I knew Pose would likely become a staple in my summer viewing schedule. True confession: In addition to being a sucker for anything fashion-related, I also swoon for…

Transgender Woman Spent 10 Years Inside Men’s Prisons and Is Fighting to Make Sure That Never Happens to Another Woman

A few weeks ago, in the buildup of the travesty-shamockery that was the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-vs.-Conor McGregor fight, the great boxing analyst Teddy Atlas was forced to vamp on ESPN as cameras showed a McGregor workout. Although I could listen to Teddy Atlas read a phone book or, even worse, Taylor Swift lyrics, he…

The Fact That Bobby Valentino May Not Have Paid a Sex Worker Is a Problem; the Fact That the Sex Worker Is Trans Is Not

On July 31, a transgender sex worker recorded R&B singer Bobby Valentino running out of a room after allegedly not paying for sexual services. Valentino has since denied the accusation and stated, through his representative, “Misrepresentation and deception were maliciously used to target [him]; during the encounter,…