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It's the opposite of what we're used to - majority straight and/or white casts with tokenized characters occasionally thrown in - and it's part of what makes Pose, as many reviews pointed out, "remarkable" or "revolutionary."
If you want a raw, real look at ball culture, there's no topping the 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning, which gives a truly unfiltered view. It's no doubt a strong inspiration for Pose, which is a fine addition to Murphy's repertoire.
Pose centrally positions the trans characters who are usually relegated to the margins of other fictions, establishing their chosen families as the show's wholesome core, and members of the greater non-queer world as the often hostile antagonists.
Pose starts on the assumption that these lives are essentially about family, self-worth, the search for love and the struggle to stay alive. It sanctifies differences by exploring and centering those parts that are universal and human.
More significant than any display of craft, though, is Pose's utter confidence as it shows American audiences a world that has never been visualized on television at this length and at such an obviously grand budget level.