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Pose: Why Billy Porter’s sex scene photo is so empowering

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Although this article doesn’t give away any Pose spoilers, the scene that Billy Porter refers to is taken from the second series, which is yet to be aired in the UK. 

Live. Work. Pose... And break barriers in television.

That is exactly what Ryan Murphy and Brad Flachuck have done with American drama television series Pose. For anyone who hasn’t seen the hit show, the story follows African-American and Latino LGBTQ members of the ballroom culture scene in 80’s New York. It particularly focuses on the role of motherhood in the community, and how trans women created houses to care for young people who were dismissed by their biological families because of their sexuality or gender.

It’s fabulous. It’s raw. It’s emotional. And it doesn’t fail to address taboo issues of the time.

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One of its main stars, Billy Porter, has now shared a photo that proves what a positively ground-breaking show it is. Sharing a still from the second series, it shows his character Pray Tell in bed with another naked black men.

Porter captioned the shot: “Let’s talk about how incredible it is to see two black men on prime time television making love.”

Celebrities have celebrated the shot, with fashion designer March Jacobs calling it “amazing” and Rosario Dawson and Tess Holliday showing their support with love-heart emojis.

Previously speaking about the scene at the Television Critics Association press tour, The Wrap reported that Porter revealed: “I got that contract and that contract said ‘Nudity Clause,’ and I literally sat and went, ‘Child, they don’t want to see my black ass.’

“And I signed it, never thinking in a million years that anybody would call me on it.”

He added: “These bitches wrote a script where I show my ass — and you’ll see it tonight!

Billie Porter in TV series Pose.
Billie Porter in TV series Pose.

“I have been in this business 30 years. I have been out since the beginning. In the past, as an out, queer actor, they generally tend to cut our d**ks off. We are not sexualised people.”

“Even when they started telling stories of love, they were always white boys. I have spent my entire career never having been an object of anyone’s affection in anything — until now.” 

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The UK might need to wait until next year for the second series of Pose to stream on BBC iPlayer. The first series was aired in the UK nine months after it was available in America.

We. Cannot. Wait.

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