It’s been a while, but today I am sharing a must watch with you again. A series I’ve been hooked on from the very beginning, but which has ended recently. I am bummed that the series has come to an ending, I want more. I am sharing the series today because it’s simply amazing, but also because I think this series is important, socially speaking. Today I am telling you more about the series: POSE.
POSE is a series which is just fun to watch. Even though it has a serious bottom line to it, the series is primarily an enjoyable show to watch. It makes you happy and cheerful. At least, that’s what it did to me. So no, this is not an heavy documentary or something alike. It’s a fun show to watch when you just want to Netflix and chill. However, that does not mean it’s not of societal importance. In fact, that’s what makes this show even better. The subject of the show is important because it’s about a community that still isn’t fully accepted, in some places it’s even taboo.
POSE is a show about the New York’s drag ball culture in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s about the LGBTQI+ community. During the drag balls the so-called houses compete together in order to win trophies and recognition. They compete by walking the ball. That’s why the series is called POSE, people compete by posing and walking. The houses are formed by people who have nowhere else to go. The main character of the series, a trans-woman named Blanca Evangelista, helps people by taking them into her home and walking the balls together as family. All these people who are taken in Blanca also refer to Blanca as their mother.
It’s a show about chosen family and unconditional love. The series was nominated for a lot of awards and this led to the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy award. All the actors in the series are actually from the LGBTQI+ community, which is real representation.
From my point of view, the show mainly sheds a light on the trans-women community of the 80’s and 90’s. It shows how tough life already was for trans-people back then. That’s why people competing on the balls formed these houses together, because most of them were not welcome anymore in the family they born into. I hope this show will make sure that being transgender is being accepted and celebrated. Right now, it’s not. Violence against transgender people is still very high and their lives are anything but easy. That’s why I love POSE, it normalizes being transgender and I hope young transgender people can see themselves represented on tv.
Another really important part of the POSE series is the HIV/AIDS crisis of that time. The series really shows that the LGBTQI+ community was being forgotten and people were suffering. Medicine wasn’t available and when it ultimately was available, people of color were excluded from treatment. The series shows how this community had to literally fight for their lives while the world turned their back on them. It’s hard to know that people who are alive today have lost so many friends and family to HIV/AIDS. POSE taught me that there has been a huge struggle which led to where we are today. I am grateful for that.
POSE is a must watch for literally anyone. It is fun to watch but it shows a harsh history at the same time. The series helps to break taboos and it helps to grow the representation of the LGBTQI+ community. POSE can be seen on Netflix.
Want to watch another series with societal important? Try Sex Education.