TV mogul Ryan Murphy introduced the rocker and his husband, producer David Furnish, to the audience at the For Your Consideration panel at the Rose Bowl, after revealing the two empty chairs onstage had been saved for two huge "Pose" fans who "wanted to rearrange their vacation to be here."
Elton and David joined stars Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez, and Murphy's show co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals to take part in a discussion about the series, which is set amid New York City's gender-nonconforming drag ball culture scene in the 1980s and early 1990s, and tackles the AIDS epidemic and its impact on the LGBTQ community.
During the event, Elton discussed the drive behind his namesake AIDS Foundation, and admitted he could relate to the journey of actress Dominique Jackson's onscreen character as Elektra Evangelista.
"My motto is no one gets left behind. No one should be left behind, no sex worker, no prisoner, no trans person, no intravenous drug user, no gay people. We have to embrace all of us, we have to embrace everybody. And this is exactly why I love this programme so much," he explained.
"This programme touched me more than any other series because of the journey that these people are on. I mean, I am Elektra. I am totally Elektra."
The singer continued, "This is a series where you laugh and you cry and you get angry and you see people's journey and how they fight."
"And they are real people, and they are trans people who have made their life possible but, by god, they had to fight for it. They still have to (fight for) it, and they shouldn't fight for it, they should never fight for it."
Elton also applauded Murphy for fighting for years to get Pose onscreen, saying, "It never rings false and those outfits - my dear!"
The admiration was mutual, as Murphy recalled how Elton's Philadelphia Freedom track from 1975 helped him to embrace his sexuality as a seven-year-old child, when he belted out a rendition of the tune while in the car with his "big burly" father.
"We were driving in the car, and Philadelphia Freedom came on the radio," the writer recalled.
"I was like, 'You know what, I'm just going to be me,' and I performed the s**t out of Philadelphia Freedom in the back seat of that car, and my father saw me for the first time, thanks to Elton John."
"We pulled into my driveway and he looked at me and he goes, 'You have a good voice,' and it was the first time he had ever said anything kind to me. So you're so a part of my life, Elton, in a way that you'll never know."
"Pose" is set to end after its third season, which premiered in the U.S. last month (May21).