How 'Oprah Winfrey Show' Helped 'Pose' Star Angelica Ross' Mother to Accept Her as Transgender
"Pose" star Angelica Ross is sharing her coming out story which includes how Oprah Winfrey accidentally helped rebuild her relationship with her mom.
Angelica's mother, who is a dedicated Christian, was "definitely not accepting at all in the beginning" of her 17-year-old being transgender.
"'You're going to hell for this, you're going to hell for that.'"
Eventually, she had to accept that Angelica was going to be whatever she wanted to be adding that:
"I wasn't knowledgeable. I didn't know. And I hate that I missed so many years out of her life."
The life-changing shift in the duo's relationship occurred after Angelica's mother had unexpectedly caught an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
That particular episode featured a mother who had only just lost her LGBTQ son. The bereaved mother spoke of having an epiphany while at a Pride event.
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The episode had left Angelica's mother with a need to sort their relationship out. That was the best decision the teary-eyed woman could make as their relationship is better.
After undergoing many years of work and dedication, Angelica had this to say about the current state of their relationship:
"My mother and I have a very loving and healed relationship."
And her mother also now sees her as a daughter instead of a son.
Besides rebuilding her relationship with her mother, Angelica is also making points for Black transgender females.
Nylon reports that the 38-year-old had expressed her doubt on whether BET invited any transgender to their Black Girls Rock! Awards.
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Angelica Ross, founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, is more than a CEO and businesswoman. While her company helps to empower trans and gender nonconforming people, Ross is also the breakout star of the Primetime Emmy-nominated drama web series @herstoryshow which follows the tale of two transgender women. Perhaps most notably, Ross stars in #Pose, the latest brainchild of the Murphy-Falchuk TV powerhouse duo, which has just announced its second season. Needless to say, we'll be seeing a lot more posing from her. - @vmagazine Model: @angelicaross Art Direction & Stylist: Lead: @brandonmgarr Photographer: @IamJamesAnthony Makeup: @merrellhollis Hair: @nettyjordan Nails: @theeditorialnail Executive Producer: @EJcrowdMGMT with @crowdMGMT Production: @crowdMGMT Video BTS: @vitofun BTS Stills: @jason_mcquain_studios Makeup Assistant: @leewill Stylist Asst: @siimplykk Photography Assistants: @kendramlee @hektorgphotos Location: @lebainnyc Wigs: @thewildform Black Suit Scarf: Saint Laurent @ysl Suit: Saint Laurent @ysl Shoes: Saint Laurent @ysl Neckpiece: Stylist own Rings: Sterling King @sterlingkingny Tights: Wolford @wolford
Taking to Twitter, Angelica mentioned that despite the death of 18 Black trans women this year, the awards made no mention of it during their segment of honoring people who died recently.
The report claims it isn't a surprise the network overlooked this particular tragedy as they are slow to accept the new and unfolding aspects of Black content.
This year's event honored Ciara, Regina King, H.E.R., and Angela Bassett amongst other celebrities.
“Me and my mother have a very loving, healed relationship.” – @angelicaross— Black Women OWN the Conversation (@BlackWomenOWN) September 9, 2019
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