This weekend, in the afterglow of the season renewal of Ryan Murphy’s Pose being announced, Precious Ebony, a commentator and staple in the ballroom community, took to Instagram to ask their followers for a favor.
“Support challenge: this is the time that really matters,” they start in the video. “You gotta go on Instagram, and you have to DM — or you even hashtag, no, matter of fact do both — hashtag, at and also DM Viceland and tell that we are ready for season 2.”
The video, which was subsequently reposted to Viceland’s own Instagram story, kickstarted the latest posts on the social media platform advocating for a second season of Viceland’s show My House, the ballroom and voguing-themed series created by Elegance Bratton. Others featured on the show would also go to post similar messages, asking folks to petition Viceland for a new season of the docuseries. Fans followed the instructions, going so far as to post evidence of their DMs to the network’s account.
“We need another season of My House @Viceland,” Sinia Ebony, a legendary figure in the ballroom community wrote on her own Instagram. “Tati and the rest of the cast are in the thick of their ballroom careers, while also developing as young adults for the world to see.”
Pose is a product of Murphy’s industry and entertainment know-how, writer Steven Canals’s deep ballroom research and the lived and collected experiences of trans women of color like Janet Mock and Our Lady J. It is important in a variety of ways, not only for what it puts on the screen but also the work it does behind the scenes — many trans people and queer people of color who worked on set were able to get their Screen Actors Guild cards because of their time on the show. Those cards will likely open doors for a variety of opportunities for them down the line.
But while Pose is a fictional narrative focusing mostly on trans women of color who are a part of the ballroom scene, My House digs into the ballroom community and associated real-life people, here in 2018. Jelani Mizrahi, who had a storyline on the show, competed in the Latex Ball and took home the grand prize for the “realness with a twist” category weeks after the season finale. Tati 007 and Alex Mugler both made LSS appearances at that weekend’s Latex Ball T.K.O. Aftermath event. In fact, this weekend Precious was in North Carolina commentating for the People’s Choice Awards Ball weekend.
And more than just giving a glimpse into today’s scene, as Sinia Ebony pointed out, My House shows them developing as young adults today, having hard conversations with their parents and confronting today’s realities of gentrification and transphobia. It’s an important conversation that should not be retracted from our cultural dialogue.
Historical narratives are important. Understanding where our communities came from and what they came out of can provide needed context for where we are — but it also can be just as powerful to show exactly where we are.
Plus, more content featuring queer narratives? Isn’t that something we can all get behind?