The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 29: Angelica Ross

Oleg Dyachenko
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She made television history as the first trans actor to have back-to-back series-regular roles-in Ryan Murphy's Emmy-nominated _Pose_, followed by _American Horror Story: 1984_; has served face for luxury brand Louis Vuitton; and was the first trans person to host a national presidential candidate forum on LGBTQ issues, making Angelica Ross a stunner in every sense of the word. As a growing presence on the political landscape, in 2020, Ross was one of the co-hosts for the first-ever Black National Convention and signed an overall development deal with production company Pigeon, which is working with Joe Biden's presidential campaign to produce the LGBTQ Out for Biden initiative. She dropped a video on Hilary Swank's Instagram as part of the #ShareTheMicNow campaign, in which Black activists, celebs and athletes took over white celebrities' social accounts to talk about race in the wake of protests over George Floyd's death. The staunch advocate for transgender rights also continues to use her platform to combat violence and discrimination against her community, working diligently with her 6-year-old nonprofit, TransTech Social Enterprises, to provide education, support and employment opportunities for the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community.