“Pose” Star Dominique Jackson Demands Respect at HRC Dinner

Ricky Martin was also honored at the annual D.C. event.

Last night at the 23rd annual HRC National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Human Rights Campaign honored Pose star Dominique Jackson with its National Equality Award.

“Dominique Jackson has brought her one-of-a-kind charisma and talent to the hit FX series Pose, all while being a visible and forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights—especially the rights of transgender women of color,” said new HRC president Alphonso David in a statement. “Her onscreen poise and offscreen passion have cemented her place as a fierce leader in the LGBTQ rights movement, and we are looking forward to presenting her with the National Equality Award.”

“Of course she’s strong, confident, beautiful,” said Pose co-star Dyllón Burnside in his introduction, noting her work with charitable organizations like New York City LGBTQ community center Destination Tomorrow. “But what I love most is she’s wise, she’s loving, she’s generous.”

“My loves, as a trans women of color, we face violence, we face brutality, we face so much,” Jackson told the audience in her acceptance speech. “It’s about love. And we talk about love, but we forget about humanity. I am a human being. I am a human being just like each and every one of you.”

“It is about us understanding and respecting humanity,” she continued, calling on the crowd to put their privilege to good use. “It is time that we stop looking into each other’s bedrooms.”

“I will never, ever ask any of you for respect,” Jackson concluded. “I will demand it. You will not tell me that you accept me. You will not tell me that you tolerate me. That is not your power. I take that from you. You will respect me for who I am.”

Ricky Martin was in attendance to accept HRC’s National Visibility Award, which he dedicated to LGBTQ refugees seeking asylum. The global superstar also announced in his speech that he and husband Jwan Yosef are expecting a fourth child.

The event also included special appearances by bisexual NFL veteran Ryan Russell, sexually fluid Single Parents actor Jake Choi, and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

David, the first person of color and first civil rights attorney to serve as HRC president, used the occasion to announce a partnership between the organization and Fair Fight 2020, former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader Stacey Abrams’ voter protection initiative, in a joint effort to combat LGBTQ voter suppression.

Focusing on gay and trans performers in New York City’s 1980s and 1990s ballroom scene, Pose has made history with the most trans series regulars ever in an American scripted TV series. Created by Ryan Murphy in collaboration with producers Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, the show has also employed more than 100 trans actors, crew members, and consultants.

Pose has been renewed for a third season, with FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf saying it has “elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it.” It is expected to return next summer.

Watch all the speeches from the 23rd annual HRC National Dinner below.
 




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