‘Pose’ Conventional Christmas Episode Is an Invigorating Gift for the LGBTQ Community

IndieWire | 6/17/2018 | Staff
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Christmas has come early to “Pose.” In fact, it arrived in June for Sunday’s episode, titled “Giving and Receiving,” which follows the yuletide experiences of the families in three different homes: the House of Evangelista, the House of Abundance, and the Bowes’ household.

Christmas movies, episodes, and TV specials have become a genre unto themselves, often appealing to non-Christian and secular viewers. While “Pose” may offer a more unique point of view to audiences unfamiliar with the ‘80s ballroom culture, its storytelling often falls into conventional patterns and tropes, and its Christmas episode is no different.

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Series producer Our Lady J wrote “Giving and Receiving” with Janet Mock. “Beyond all of the glamour and glitz of the ballroom scene, ‘Pose’ is about family, and what better way to celebrate a TV family than a very special Christmas episode,” said Our Lady J to IndieWire. “The thing that is unusual about our LGBT Christmas is that it isn’t unusual at all. We celebrate the same values and traditions that most families do around the holidays — generosity, compassion, and love.”

The House of Evangelista has perhaps the most heartfelt and inspiring story. As mother, Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) establishes the traditions of trimming the Christmas tree (although somewhat non-traditional ornaments such as pine-scented car freshness and wrapped condoms can also be seen) and a sit-down dinner with the expanded found family. She also establishes that she will give each of her children one requested gift, within reason.

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For Our Lady J, traditions and celebrations aren’t just functions of Christmas storytelling but are essential to balance out the harsh realities and challenges faced by the LGBTQ community.

“Christmas is about tradition, and holding space for tradition creates stability in our lives – something that Blanca knows is key to her children’s survival,” said Our Lady J.

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