Mj Rodriguez is the first transgender individual to receive an Emmy nomination.
Rodriguez’s role as a house mother in the show Pose landed her a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Upon nomination, Rodriguez said, “I’m feeling so many emotions. I’m feeling joy, and I’m feeling accomplished. I finally feel seen.” Rodriguez continued, “I’m a girl hailing from Northern New Jersey who had dreams and aspirations like Whitney Houston, child. I never thought this could happen for me. I told myself no matter what happens, I’m going to keep going and never stop.”
The show is about the drag ball culture in New York during the 1980s. Drag ball culture is defined as an LGBTQ+ social scene where participants perform in competitions, including dancing, modeling, and lip-syncing.
Earlier this year, the state of Nevada crowned a transgender woman as a pageant queen. Kataluna Enriquez, a biological male who identifies as a woman, won the title of Miss Nevada USA at the South Point Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, beating out 21 other contestants. “One thing that is important for me is inclusivity, diversity and representation. It’s something I did not have growing up and is still lacking in today’s world,” said Enriquez.
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