‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

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Angelica Ross plays Candy in FX’s hit series “Pose,” a Black transgender woman looking to fit into the New York ballroom scene. Image: Pose/FX

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in which Ross plays Candy, an outspoken transgender woman commanding respect in the 1980s-inspired New York ballroom scene. The grittiness and streetsmarts required to make it in this cutthroat fictional world aligns with Ross’s real-life survival as a Black transgender woman.

The Wisconsin native brings the same strength to the cisgender, white male-dominated tech industry as the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator that offers tech training to underserved LGBTQ communities “with a focus on economically empowering” transgender men and


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