On ‘Pose,’ dancing isn’t just about self-expression. It’s a survival skill for trans women.

This article by Sarah L. Kaufman originally appeared in Washington Post

This scene was transformative on a personal level, Burnside says afterward. “As the camera started rolling, all I could think about is my uncle and the other men in my life who policed my behavior and the way I moved and way I spoke and expressed myself, citing it as not being for boys, or ‘that’s too feminine’ or ‘that’s gay.’ ”  … Over the years, that message sunk in, he says, and shooting the vogue dancing made him realize “that I don’t have liberation in my own body.

Dominique Jackson, who plays Elektra Abundance, has her makeup touched up between takes of a ball scene in “Pose.” (Chris Sorensen for The Washington Post)

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