“American Horror Story” actress Angelica Ross is one of Hollywood’s most recognized transgender stars.
Ross recently founded TransTech, “an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community,” dedicated to “empowering trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people and allies with practical, career-ready skills.”
Despite the move to make society more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community, Ross insists she is not trying to be an advocate.
“I honestly don’t really want to be seen as an advocate. I don’t want to be seen as an activist, just because I believe that’s something that we all should be doing as human beings as part of the social contract,” she told ELLE magazine.
“So, what I try to do is just expand my opportunities in a way that can help other folks, but that does not disrespect the space that is meant for me to take up. For instance, I’m doing a lot of partnerships now with brands, and when I’m creating this content, I know that it’s just better when I’m doing it with other people,” she continued.
Ross isn’t doing the work for the recognition — she’s just being a good human.
“When I have other hands and other minds in the room, it’s better. So I find different ways to share that pot with people who are ready to work. There’s just levels that I do from TransTech to my own business at Miss Ross Inc. and my own productions. I just do what I can.”
In 2019, Ross made history as the first transgender actress to land two series regular roles. Ross stars as Candy Ferocity in FX’s “Pose” to before moving on to star as method psychologist Donna Chambers in “American Horror Story: 1984.”
“American Horror Story: Double Feature” airs on FX in the US and will hit Disney+ in the UK in October. Series 1-8 are currently available on Netflix, with seasons 1-9 available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video.