Diversity Forum 2021
Rising Above and Reshaping our World in the Image of Justice
Steven Canals, screenwriter and producer best known for co-creating and executive-producing the FX television series “Pose,” will provide the keynote address on day two. A queer-identifying Afro-Puerto Rican American from the Bronx, Canals began his journey as a storyteller in high school and was named a “TV Writer to Watch” by Variety Magazine in 2018. “Pose” is a drama about Black and Latino dancers and models in New York’s underground drag ball culture in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The show features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. Canals received widespread acclaim for his work with the show, including from the Writers Guild of America, and received multiple Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. The third and final season of the series concluded in June 2021.