The man who brought us Glee, Ryan Murphy, has gone on to turn that success into a series of other hits.
Last year he introduced the world to Pose.
Pose follows several social circles in New York in the late 80s. While centering on the ball culture made famous in the film Paris Is Burning, it also looks at the NYC artist scene and the Reaganist conservative yuppie culture.
Pose has been critically acclaimed for its honest look at tensions in New York City during the AIDS crisis. It also received accolades for the cast which is largely made up of people of color and features several transgender people portraying transgender characters.
See Hollywood? It can be done.
And the cast it features is absolutely fire!
Watch a trailer here:
Transgender actor Indya Moore, who portrays Angel Evangelista in the show, is even more fire in real life as an LGBTQ+ advocate.
But, they* revealed a rather scary secret about their past to Elle.
Thank you for having me as your first experience covering a trans person. I know I will not be the last. so excited to see Elle leverage their platform to help other talent of trans xp find visibility, & the safe space to be acknowledged & vulnerable in this powerful way. https://t.co/W8BrD5Id4N— IAM (@IndyaMoore) May 9, 2019
Moore said that they were coerced into sex trafficking in order to pay for their hormones during their transition.
“I didn’t understand what sex trafficking was at the time. The language I knew was that they were, basically, my pimps. I was just a kid.”
talked to so many sex trafficking experts in the last few months and they all say the same thing: we have to stop thinking of it as people chained up in a basement.— Cara Kelly (@CaraReports) May 9, 2019
cheers to @IndyaMoore for her openness and countering this narrative. https://t.co/wstFePxg7n
“I didn’t understand what sex trafficking was at the time. The language I knew was that they were, basically, my pimps. I was just a kid.”#PoseFX star Indya Moore for @Ellemagazine: https://t.co/4vzJUCjl2h— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) May 9, 2019
“I didn’t understand what sex trafficking was at the time. The language I knew was that they were, basically, my pimps." https://t.co/XYtod7qewg— PinkNews (@PinkNews) May 10, 2019
Moore says that they were trapped by these people who said it was the easiest way to afford their hormones.
“They told me that all I had to do was play with these men who will come in for a moment to see me and play with me and then they’ll give me money.”
“I stayed with them, and they had men come over and have sex with me.”
Now at 24, Moore is luminous.
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You keep SLAYING, QUEEN!!— ⚜️⚜️Natalie????️ SEASON YA DAMN CHICKEN ????️ Ball⚜️⚜️ (@MzSailiante) May 9, 2019
THIS & THAT CK AD?!?!
Holy smokes. ????— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) May 10, 2019
????????????— jujubee (@jujuboston) May 9, 2019
you look beautiful!!!— muna (@Muna_Mire) May 9, 2019
Not much of a fashion magazine person, but will be buying this for my six year old - both to look at now & to save for posterity. Your visibility means so much! ????❤️— Nishta Mehra (@nishtajmehra) May 10, 2019
But it was only recently that their life changed.
While spending time on Rikers Island for an assault charge, they were bullied so fiercely by the all-male inmates that they attempted suicide.
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Slay my fucking heart out and eat the shit. You are absolutely jaw dropping gorgeous. #Queen.— Waiting on the Apocalypse (@_DanaBana_) May 10, 2019
You are stunning!— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) May 9, 2019
so freakin proud of you queen. like slay.— Ryan Mitchell (@TheSlayGawd) May 9, 2019
❤️❤️— Curtis M. Wong (@CurtisMWong) May 9, 2019
But now, they’re bringing people their story.
“I just knew my life was going to change.”
“I knew I had a chance to teach the world something that would help more people to be safe.”
and you look great pic.twitter.com/LZC4fTqLWY— Disco Ric (@RicWilson) May 9, 2019
Gorg.— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) May 9, 2019
Maybe I could get on the cover. ????????— Mallory (@Mallory74144214) May 10, 2019
I love you and everything you stand for! ❣— Jay (@julieanna85) May 9, 2019
We thank you, Indya, for taking the time to open up.
*Editor’s Note: Elle magazine chose to use she/her pronouns in their article however Indya Moore identifies as non-binary and prefers they/them. Our article reflects Moore’s preference.