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Mj Rodriguez becomes first openly transgender person to win Golden Globe

Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez on Sunday took home a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama. Rodriguez, a 31-year-old transgender woman, won the award for portraying the role of housemother and nurse Blanca on the FX show called “Pose.”

“Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you! This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals,” Rodriguez wrote on Instagram.

“They will see that more is possible. They will see that a young Black Latina girl from Newark, New Jersey who had a dream, to change the minds others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS. To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!!!!!” 

Rodriguez’s receipt of the award marks the first time in history that a transgender actor has won a Golden Globe of any kind.

Also commending the other nominees, Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, and Elizabeth Moss, Rodriguez wrote, “To the nominees we are Queens. I’m so happy to share space with you! Each and every last one of you women are phenomenal.”

Last summer, Rodriguez made history for the first time after becoming the first transgender performer to be nominated for a lead acting Emmy but did not end up winning the award. 

Pose co-stars Indya Moore and Angelica Ross spoke out in 2020 against the Emmys for overlooking the black transgender cast of the show in its list of nominees for that year.

“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,” tweeted Moore, whose role includes playing Angel Evangelista, a transgender sex worker who is pursuing a career as a fashion model. “Let’s call it cognitive cissonance.”  

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE HILL

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