NAACP Awards Indya Moore
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It's no question that the FX original series Pose has transformed the culture. For the first time ever on the small screen, trans actors and actresses have been allowed to tell their own stories, free from the co-opting and misrepresentation of trans people that has been so prevalent for decades. And while the immense artistry of the show has been recognized by awards shows such as the Primetime Emmys and the GLAAD Media Awards, the show has continued to be left out of the NAACP Image Award nominations — which just announced this year's nominees. 

Pose star Indya Moore took to Instagram to express her concerns, and her message was powerful. 

She noted the performances of MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, and Dominique Jackson.

"Black people deserve home everywhere and anywhere but when black people are trans we seldom could even find home in our own homes and this rings true in many reflections and dimensions," Moore began. She noted that there's no ignoring the impact of Pose. "Nobody is going to tell me they didn’t see our enormously historic story telling, and didnt feel anything???" she asked. "From the black trans women who performed our trauma for the world? Really? You only saw a black people deliver when they aren’t trans?" She ended her message with a call to action to the Image Awards. "Take a serious internal look at yourselves," she wrote. "How do you not even acknowledge an Emmy nominated show outside of one single cis actor? The lack of visibility of trans people in all of black media is directly responsible for the hyper visibility of violence against trans people in black communities."