If You Like POSE…

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)


One of my favorite COVID-19 activities has been watching television shows with my friends from a distance. Sometimes we watch simultaneously and chat online; sometimes we watch on our own time and discuss via text as we go.

After Pose was added to Netflix last month, we’ve been enjoying this FX drama about the Black and Latinx LGBTQIA+ ballroom community in New York City during the ’80s and ’90s.

While a joyful and triumphant display of pride, Pose doesn’t shy away from the violence and discrimination that queer people of color face.

Even though it’s a drama, I’ve been introduced to a part of queer history that I didn’t know much about. And that makes me want to learn more. And also I’m out of episodes and need something to tide me over until Season 3.

So, if you’re like me and wanting more, or if you’re waiting for Pose to come out on DVD, check out the documentary that inspired Pose or a book from this list featuring stories about ballroom culture and queer communities:

If You Like POSE...

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