The internet has shown their displeasure at the fact that the transgender talent from was Pose were snubbed once again for Emmy nominations. Billy Porter, a cisgender gay man, was the only cast member nominated for an Emmy for his role on the show, one that is designed to showcase transgender women of color’s stories and primarily highlight trans actors of color. Two of the stars from the show, Angelica Ross and Indya Moore are speaking out against the injustice.

“Something abt trans ppl not being honored on a show abt trans ppl who created a culture to honor ourselves because the world doesn’t,” wrote Moore, who is transgender and non-binary, in a tweet. “Let’s call it cognitive dissonance.” They continued, writing, “But also, look at the weak ass promotion. Most of us have never been on any talk shows except MJ [Rodriguez], here and there. And they still ignored her work. ‘They’ [d]on’t trust us on live TV. Esp. [m]e lol.”

Ross, who also works as an activist and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, retweeted Moore and later spoke about her feelings on Instagram Live, saying, “I want you to know from the jump that these tears are not about an award or a nomination. I need y’all to understand that I’m so tired. Those of you who know me know I’m not just working on-screen or behind the screen but I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives.”

Porter has since issued his own sentiments about the snubs as well as his nomination on Instagram.

“It took me a minute to process all of the conflicting thoughts I had about yesterday,” he wrote, describing his happiness at the record number of Black actors, including himself, being nominated.

“I have been doing this for a long, long time. I has taken me 30 years to get recognized for my work,” he said, adding that having to wait until he was 50 to finally be recognized by the industry has been “disappointing, frustrating, heartbreaking.”

“I know the pain of being overlooked so well. Too well,” he continued. “When I look at my Emmy win last year, I see the exuberant joyfulness in the faces of my #Pose family. MY win is THEIR win. And just as we share in each other’s happiness, we all share in each other’s pain…I am keenly aware that for my SISTERS – it is much, much deeper than [art and activism]. This is the story of their LIVES.”



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