Amit Paley, the CEO and executive director for The Trevor Project, said that the show’s aim to represent trans people so directly has been inspiring to watch. "Ryan Murphy and the cast of Pose have had a tremendous impact on the lives of young LGBTQ people over the past year,” he said. “We're incredibly excited to honor them for their dedication to creating a community of openness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ youth through their innovative work and leadership.”
Murphy added that he was similarly affected by the organization’s decision to honor his work and his cast. "I’m thrilled to be honored by The Trevor Project alongside the cast of Pose," he said in a statement. "We're extremely supportive of the work that this extraordinary organization does to help LGBTQ young people in need feel heard and valued."
The showrunner has a history for representing overtly queer storylines in many of his programs. As the creator of Glee, Murphy used the show often as a platform to discuss relevant issues for LGBTQ youth facing bullying in high school, along with featuring major queer storylines in other shows like American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Scream Queens, American Horror Story and many others.