A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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Watch: ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ releases first trailer

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ABOVE: “American Horror Story: 1984” premieres Sept. 18, photo via AHS’ Facebook page.

“American Horror Story: 1984” released its first full trailer giving an introduction to some of the main characters in the ’80s slasher flick-themed season.

The trailer shows Cody Fern portraying an aerobics instructor who convinces his friends (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd) to become camp counselors at Camp Redwood. When they arrive, Mr. Jingles, a murderer, has just escaped from a nearby asylum.

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‘Pose’ star Angelica Ross joins ‘American Horror Story’

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ABOVE: Angelica Ross as Candy on “Pose.” Screenshot via YouTube.

“Pose” star Angelica Ross is headed to another Ryan Murphy project, “American Horror Story: 1984.”

The actress who portrays Candy on “Pose” made the announcement on Instagram following her character’s departure on the show. Ross’ casting is a milestone as it makes her the first transgender actress to land two series regular roles.

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‘Pose’ renewed for season three

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FX has renewed “Pose” for season three just one episode into the groundbreaking series’ second season.

Deadline reports that the premiere episode of season two was the highest rated “Pose” episode bringing in 1.2 million viewers and 572,00 for adults 18-49. It brought in seven percent more total viewers than its series premiere in June 2018.

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‘Pose’ season two gets June premiere date

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“Pose,” the groundbreaking LGBTQ series about New York City’s underground ballroom scene, will return for its sophomore season on Sunday, June 9 on FX.

According to showrunner Ryan Murphy, the 10-episode second season will have a time jump from the late 1980s to 1990 around the time Madonna’s “Vogue” was released. The House of Evangelista will have to readjust as the ballroom scene moves from underground to mainstream.

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‘Pose’ cast teases season two at PaleyFest LA

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ABOVE: The cast and crew of ‘Pose’ at PaleyFest LA 2019 at the Dolby Theatre on March 23. (Photo by Michael Bulbenko, courtesy the Paley Center for Media)

Much of the power of FX’s landmark series “Pose” comes from its factual basis. Although fictional, much of what is seen happened in 1980s New York in black and Latinx gay culture.

Making its debut during PaleyFest, Executive Producer Ryan Murphy moderated a panel, acknowledging the blend between fiction and reality.

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Patti LuPone joins ‘Pose’ season two

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Broadway legend Patti LuPone will appear on the sophomore season of “Pose.”

Ryan Murphy revealed the news during the FX series’ Paleyfest panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 23.

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Watch: Mac comes out to his dad via dance on ‘It’s Always Sunny’ finale

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Mac (Rob McElhenney) hit a milestone when he came out to his father through an interpretive dance on the season 13 finale of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

He had previously come out to himself in the episode “The Gang Goes to Hell,” which aired in 2016. On Wednesday’s episode titled  “Mac Finds His Pride,” Mac comes out to his father Luther (Gregory Scott Cummins) in an emotional dance set to “Varuo” by Sigur Ros.

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Study finds LGBTQ characters on network TV hit a record high

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.

The annual study by media advocacy group GLAAD out Oct. 25 also found an increase in the characters’ ethnic diversity, with slightly more LGBTQ people of color than white for the first time.

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Trans of Thought: May I ‘Pose’ a question?

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“Pose” on the FX channel recently completed its inaugural season run and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Every week we were treated to the largest cast of transgender women ever assembled in one show, strutting across our screens with their improvised catwalks, to the beat of glorious 80s music.

We dove into the lives of their characters and saw their struggles with poverty, family, the men who fetishize them, sex work and living with HIV. We felt their hurt at yet another rejection and relished their triumphs in the face of adversity. In a way not too often seen on television, we were centered in the story and humanized.

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Ryan Murphy says he will donate all ‘Pose’ profits to LGBTQ charities

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Ryan Murphy will be donating all profits from his FX series “Pose” to LGBTQ charities.

The showrunner made the announcement on Twitter stating that he will be tweeting about a specific LGBTQ organization every day for the next 14 days.

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Ryan Murphy planning #MeToo anthology series on Spacey, Weinstein

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Ryan Murphy is considering turning the #MeToo movement into an anthology series.

In a profile for the New Yorker by Emily Nussbaum, Murphy revealed he’s been thinking about a project titled “Consent.”

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