On June 19, 1865, history was made and the last enslaved black Americans gained their independence. Today, 154 years after emancipation, Janet Mock made history by becoming the first black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.
Obviously, I did not jest when I wrote that the cast of Pose is booked, busy, and blessed. According to Variety, the multi-hyphenated Mock has signed a three-year, multi-million dollar deal that will give Netflix exclusive rights to her future projects.
“As someone who grew up in front of the TV screen, whether that was watching talk shows or family sitcoms or VHS films, I never thought that I would be embraced,” Mock told Variety. Mock also stated that not only has she been given a seat at the table, but an entire table of her very own making.
Mock’s work has shown that she is not a one-trick pony. Time and time again, she has shown she has the range to create content that speaks to all walks of life. Inside this phenomenal woman lives a bevy of characters and stories waiting to be told. The doors that have been opened for her will serve as pavement for others who aspire to follow in her fashionable footsteps.
This deal is a major step in the right direction for the LGBTQ+ community. It affirms our worth and shows that there is value in not only our stories but our talent as well.