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Wed Jul 14, 2021, 12:22 AM

Pose star Mj Rodriguez is the first trans person nominated for a lead acting Emmy

Actor Mj Rodriguez is being nominated for the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the FX series Pose.

This makes her the first transgender person to be nominated in a leading acting category for the Emmy’s.

Rodriguez starred in the series about the 1980s and 1990s New York City ballroom scene as Blanca Evangelista, and her exclusion from last year’s Emmy nominations didn’t go unnoticed. Billy Porter was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 and 2020 for his work on the show – and he won in 2019 – but none of the transgender and non-binary cast members were nominated even though the show is centered around trans stories.

“Something abt trans ppl not being honored on a show abt trans ppl who created a culture to honor ourselves bc the world doesn’t,” co-star Indya Moore wrote on Twitter at the time.

Rodriguez, who is 30, wrote about being Afro-Latina and transgender and how it has made her a fighter in Hollywood.

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She was AWESOME in her role. I still can't bring myself to watch the finale.

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