This season of FX’s Pose is a shining example of what being able to balance grit, heart and style can get you. In the narrative it is now 1990, but not a lot has changed. Blanca (MJ Rodriguez, pictured below right) is still the mother of all mothers, forever putting her children first. Elektra (Dominique Jackson) is still her usual pain-in-the-ass self. Angel (Indya Moore, below left) is still working as a model (though no longer as a sex worker). And Pray Tell (Billy Porter) is still more witty and stylish than you’ll ever be. However, the AIDS epidemic is only getting worse, and even though Madonna’s new single “Vogue” may be helping shine a positive light on the LGBTQ community, the road to acceptance and equality is a long one, and much of it is left.