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    Everyone's Talking About "Pose" And Billy Porter's Historic Emmy Nominations And Here's Why

    TENS! TENS ACROSS THE BOARD!!!

    OMG Y'ALL!!! POSE just got an Emmy nomination for Best Outstanding Drama Series!!!!!

    Live. Work. Nominated! Congratulations to the entire #PoseFX family. ❤️💛💚💙💜

    And Billy Porter, who gives us life as Pray Tell, received a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series!!!

    For those who've yet to watch, POSE is a first-of-its-kind scripted show that spotlights the house mothers and members of NYC's historic underground ball culture.

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    The Emmy nominations are a HUGE deal because the show centers on an all-star cast of black and brown queer and trans actors...

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    ...was co-created by Steven Canals, a queer Afro-Latino filmmaker...

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: Steven Canals attends the FX Network's "Pose" Season 2 Premiere on June 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

    ...and features a mostly queer and trans writers room.

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    Plus, this makes Billy Porter the first openly gay black actor nominated for an Emmy in any lead actor category in the award show's 70-year history.

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    Actor Paul Edward Winfield, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series in 1978, was reportedly openly gay in his private life, but not in his public life.

    "The category is: Speechless! I'm so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day," Billy said in a recent statement. "POSE speaks a truth that has the power to transform hearts and minds. I'm honored and humbled to be counted in the number."

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    Co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals also pointed out that the drama series nod makes him the first Afro-Latinx producer nominated for the category and Janet Mock the first black trans woman.

    So @PoseOnFX has once again made his/herstory: @janetmock is the 1st Black trans woman, and I am the 1st (Afro)Latinx producer, to ever be nominated producers in the Oustanding Drama Series race at the #Emmys!! How bout that? #PoseFX https://t.co/wRH9S9Vk58

    Fun fact, Steven wrote the first draft of the POSE pilot back in 2014 while in film school. He unsuccessfully pitched the show 250 times before finding a home at FX with prolific showrunner Ryan Murphy.

    And then there's this truly heartwarming/hilarious video of Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Hailie Sahar (Lulu), Indya Moore (Angel), and (I think?) MJ Rodriguez (Blanca) celebrating behind-the-scenes.

    "We're now part of an Emmy nominated show, BITCHES!" said Dominique Jackson.

    The two nominations set social media ablaze with emotional tweets congratulating both the show's cast and crew and Billy.

    I’m ugly crying right now. Congrats to everyone at #PoseFX for your #Emmy nominations!!!

    Yesss!!! Congrats to the entire cast of @PoseOnFX on your #emmy nomination. You’ve given such a gift to the world #PoseFX

    #emmynominations @theebillyporter CONGRATS on your nomination for #PoseFX. The category is Lead Actor realness

    @StevenCanals I have told so many people about #PoseFX and how it’s my favorite show in a long time. Congrats to the entire cast & crew on this nomination!! 🎉🎉🎉

    Many people also noted that while they were over the moon about POSE and Billy being nominated, they couldn't get over the very obvious snubbing of other cast members, especially MJ Rodriguez for Outstanding Lead Actress.

    MJ Rodriguez should be in the lead actress category #Emmys #PoseFX

    And I COMPLETELY 100% agree.

    Me, looking for MJ Rodriguez's Emmy nom. #PoseFX

    Considering that (1) none of the trans women cast members were nominated and (2) this is the first Lead Actor nomination for an openly gay black actor, the Emmys has still got a loooong way to go.

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    But am I still over here happy-crying for POSE and Billy, and the larger impact and significance this moment will have for black and brown LGBTQ folks and our overall society? YES MA'AM!

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    CONGRATS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THE BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR!!!

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