Here’s How Ryan Murphy’s New Show ‘Pose’ Will Support The LGBTQ Community Beyond The Screen

This is huge.

Ryan Murphy's new show Pose won't premiere on FX until June 3, but he's getting a headstart on promoting the most important part of what will make the show special  — the LGBTQ community.

On May 9, the television creator and producer announced on Twitter that 100 percent of the profits made from Pose will go towards charitable organizations that focus on supporting people in the LGBTQ community.

Pose is a show focused on New York City in the mid-1980s as what has been described as "the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene, and the ball culture world." It's also about to make history as the show with the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars.


Murphy told Variety that his decision to embark on the philanthropic project came from the launch of his foundation Half, a production company within 20th Century Fox that has a goal of assigning 50 percent of director slots to women, people of color, and people in the LGBTQ community, on Murphy's shows. After watching the impact the company had on people's lives, Murphy knew he had to keep making a difference.

"We've entered this area of television as advocacy, and I've seen the difference you can make in people's lives by showing up for them, caring for them, and helping them in any way that you can," he said.

For the next two weeks, Murphy will highlight 14 different charities he's donating to in order to raise awareness about their work.

Since his initial Twitter announcement, Murphy said he's heard from so many more charities that need help that he's considering expanding his list of donations to encourage people to donate along with him, and learn about the issues plaguing the LGBTQ community.

"My eyes have really been opened to the great work being done in a lot of these organizations, and these people are in the shadows and they need our support," Murphy said to Variety.

So far, Murphy has announced he's donating to The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a legal aid organization that helps fight for people's rights to determine their gender identity, The Peter Cicchino Youth Project, which provides legal services to homeless LGBTQ youth, and Sylvia's Place, an organization that helps runaway and homeless LGBTQ youth with social work, health care, and job training services.

Murphy hopes that his charity project will make a difference and change "hearts and minds," especially in this current political climate. He also thinks TV shows depicting the LGBTQ community — such as Glee and Modern Family — have made a difference in the way people see the community and that Pose can have a similar impact on its viewers

"I believe that if you see a character on television and you love that character, you will consider our character to be your friend, even if you have nothing in common with that person," he said.

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