Some of OUT Magazine’s OUT 100 honorees have a suggestion about this year’s list.
Members of the family behind the hit show Pose have spoken out against the exclusion of the show’s creator, Steven Canals, from the annual list of the 100 most influential LGBTQ people. Canals was excluded, though several other people from the Pose family were included, including executive producer Ryan Murphy, writer and director Janet Mock, director Silas Howard, actor Billy Porter and actresses Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson and Mj Rodriguez.
Moore tweeted out a thread about Canals in response to the snub.
“A Bronx-bred screen writer, producer, film/tv maker worked hard for ten+ years shipping the script of what we now know as Pose to many networks, producers show runner round Hollywood,” Moore wrote on Twitter. “For years it was too black/brown/queer till in landed w. Ryan Murphy.”
Moore continued, “Steven Canals brought visibility to and raised the platform and lives of trans women and lgbtq people like Indya Moore who just before #Posefx, aged out of fostercare & was battled poverty/homelessness alone- surviving on the kindness of others.”
Moore also photoshopped Steven into several photos from the OUT 100 photoshoot.
Mock also sent words of love and support to Canals.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) November 14, 2018
“Just missing our Bronx-born king and guiding heart,” she wrote on Twitter. “Love you Steven Canals!”
Canals previously told INTO that, as Moore spoke about in her thread, he is interested in allowing more diverse voices to tell their stories in Hollywood.
“I’m concerned not so much with ‘Are the stories being told?’ but who is telling the story,” Canals said. “I think we have not been allowed in the room to tell our own narratives.”