Review Part 2: FX’s Pride

Raquel Willis, writer and transgender activist on FX Pride.

Happy Pride Month, you guys! In my latest review, I wrote about the first few episodes of FX’s Pride, link here: . Well, the last episodes have aired, and I’m back to tell you all about it. These last three episodes, continuing on with LGBTQ+ history over the decades, were “1980’s: Underground”, “1990’s The Culture Wars”, and “2000s Y2Gay”. “1980’s: Underground” tells the history of the underground ballroom culture, the Gay Liberation Front, formed after the Stonewall riots, and the AIDS epidemic. “1990’s The Culture Wars” detailed the issue of “Don’t ask don’t tell” in the U.S. military during the Clinton administration. Of course, it also detailed the culture wars between religious homophobes and the LGBTQ+ community. “2000’s Y2GAy” featured bisexual comedian, Margaret Cho, who spoke about her involvement in activism for gay marriage rights. This episode concluded the series, with where we are today in the struggle for the rights of transgender individuals, especially Black trans women, who have been subjected to the most violence. Raquel Willis, transgender writer and activist spoke about this.

I apprreciated this intersectionality. The writers made sure to include impact of the women’s rights, civil rights, and Latinx community on the LGBTQ+ rights movement. This acknowledgement is important since white men tend to be focused on more often in LGBTQ+ representation, and in the media overall. This has been proven in GLAAD’s studies of LGBTQ+representation in the movies and television. I do wish they had included Brenda Howard’s impact on the Pride movement, as she has frequently been called the Mother of Pride, having planned much of the first protests. She was also a bisexual woman, so speaking about her impact would have represented an LGBTQ+ identity less often represented in the media. Still, I would recommend this show because of eductional value and the intersectionality.