Pose star Dominique Jackson was recently invited by brand Coach to speak at their Pride Ball—but when the actress was misgendered by the company, Jackson took to social media to speak out against the company and their misrepresentation of support for the LGBTQ+ community.
In an Instagram and Twitter video that is getting tons of attention, the actress from the FX hit show gives Coach a piece of her mind:
So, happy Pride, everyone, I hope you guys have been watching and enjoying Pose. But, you know, as we’re doing something like this, a lot of stuff comes by, and that is that a lot of companies join in on the Pride celebration to show they’re all-inclusive when they’re really not. They don’t research us. They don’t understand us. They don’t attempt to comprehend us. So, Coach, contacted me and asked me to come in and tell my life story. You’re gonna be a part of this, it’s gonna be great, it’s for Coach. They offered nothing. Not a car ride. Nothing. Not a pocketbook. Nothing. Then one of their representatives contacts me to invite me to something called their ’Pride Ball’ and misgendered me! Like–you didn’t do your research. You’re not following the true stories of the LGBTQ community, ’cause you would know that a woman like myself should never be misgendered. It’s so insulting. And, I don’t even think I want to ever use your products or buy your products ever again! I’m going to Louis (Vuitton).
On Twitter, Coach responded by apologizing saying that Jackson was sent a template invitation that should have never gone to her. But obviously, they’re trying not to dig themselves a bigger grave.
Dominique Jackson currently stars as Elektra Abundance in the sick’ning show Pose created by Ryan Murphy. If you haven’t been keeping up with it yet, you may want to tune in for some of the fiercest story lines to hit television. Jackson truly embodies the essence of a legendary ballroom mother—and you can see by her candor that she is the kind of spokesperson the LGBTQ+ community needs right now.