This month marks the momentous premiere of Pose, the newest venture from Ryan Murphy and his dream team of collaborators — the same talents that brought audiences American Horror Story, Glee, and Feud: Bette and Joan. A new series in Murphy’s ever-expanding FX empire is always cause for celebration, but Pose stands out for breaking barriers: The ’80s drama honors LGBTQ characters of color and features more than 140 transgender actors and crew.
But long before the new series put transgender stars in the spotlight, there were movies and television shows breaking barriers left and right. It took far too long for queer stories to be told in mainstream pop culture, but as EW celebrates Pride month we’re looking back on the projects that helped us get where we are today. From Tom Hanks’ award-winning (and tear-jerking) turn in Philadelphia to Ellen DeGeneres, well, being Ellen, watch the most memorable moments in LGBTQ pop culture history.
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