First Ever Transgender to Win a Golden Globe Award is Named Mj Rodriguez

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The world is swiftly transitioning into an accepting environment for different kinds of people with different races and sexualities. Another record-breaking event in history is to be noted by audiences from all over the world.

On Sunday, American actress and singer Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez won a Golden Globe Award as best actress in a TV drama for her character Blanca, a housemother and nurse, on the series “Pose.” 

This marks the first time ever in history that a transgender performer has won a Golden Globe. This is also the first Golden Globe for “Pose” after their release in 2018. 

Last summer, Rodriguez became the first transgender performer to be nominated in an Emmy Awards for lead acting. However, she did not win it. 

“Pose” has been commended for their enormous transgender casting in a series, but the show’s stars have spoken about how they’re not receiving enough recognition.

“Pose” co-stars Indya Moore and Angelica Ross have spoken out about the Emmys’ lack of diversity in 2020. They pointed out how Emmy overlooked the show’s Black transgender cast on their list of nominees. 

“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,” says Moore in a tweet, who portrays Angel Evangelista, a transgender sex worker pursuing a career as a fashion model. “Let’s call it cognitive cissonance.”

Angelica Ross, who portrayed Black transgender woman Candy Ferocity, retweeted Moore’s statement and posted on Instagram about the issue.

“I want you to know from the jump that these tears are not about an award or a nomination,” Ross stated. “Ultimately, I need y’all to understand that I’m so tired — those of you who know me know I’m not just working on screen or behind screen but I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives.”

Rodriguez celebrated her win on social media Sunday and honored her fellow nominees Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, and Elisabeth Moss. 

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