When producer Ryan Murphy's new show "Pose" was announced last year, it made headlines for being one of the first TV series to feature a groundbreaking number of transgender actors. Murphy, who is openly gay, is making headlines again this week after taking to Twitter Wednesday to announce that all the profits he makes from the upcoming FX drama will be donated to trans and LGBTQ organizations.
"I am donating 100 percent of my profits from my new FX show POSE towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations," Murphy, who is openly gay, wrote. "These groups do amazing work and need our support. Every day for the next 14 days I will highlight a group I'm supporting, and encourage you to do the same!"
I am donating 100 percent of my profits from my new FX show POSE towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations. These groups do amazing work and need our support. Every day for the next 14 days I will highlight a group I'm supporting, and encourage you to do the same!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 9, 2018
Murphy spoke about his decision with an interview with Variety, saying he was inspired to donate the profits because of the success of his Half Foundation, which provides behind-the-camera work to women, people of color, trans people and sexual minorities.
"We've entered this area of television as advocacy, and I've seen the difference you can make in people's lives by showing up for them, caring for them, and helping them in any way that you can," the producer said.
"Pose," which will hit FX on June 3, is set in 80s New York City and follows LGBTQ characters in the ballroom culture world. It stars five trans actors, all of whom are women of color, as series regulars. The drama also features more than 100 trans actors and crew members.
"The thing that struck me in talking to so many of them, was how much they've struggled, how under attack they feel, how many of them find it difficult getting healthcare, and finding jobs," Murphy, who directed the first two episodes of "Pose," told Variety. "I just decided I need to do more than just making a show for this community. I want to reach out and help this community."
Murphy said he then decided he should be "putting his money where his mouth is" and give back to a number of charities. The first he's donating to is the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which "works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence," he wrote.
The producer, who recently signed a reported $300 million deal with Netflix and will be leaving Fox to create shows for the streaming service, said he's heard from a number of charities and organizations desperate for support.
"My eyes have really been opened to the great work being done in a lot of these organizations, and these people are in the shadows and they need our support," he told Variety, adding he hopes to encourage people to not only donate money but learn about the LGBTQ community and the issues they face. He also noted that it's an important time for people to help the community because of the Trump administration.
"The struggle is real and it's not getting easier," he said. "It's getting worse. They're trying to take away rights that we've worked for and fought for that we thought was done, or at least was going our way under the Obama regime. There were many great strides, but I feel like so many of them have just taken off the table."
Murphy added he also wants to launch fundraising screenings and other benefits to raise awareness and possibly set up scholarships for trans and LGBTQ youth who need educational resources.
Check out the "Pose" trailer below.