With her win in the Best Actress in a Television Drama category on Sunday, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is now the first openly trans actor ever to win a Golden Globe.
Rodriguez took to social media to celebrate her win. “Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you!” she wrote on Instagram. “This is the door that is going to Open the door for many more young talented individuals. They will see that it is more than possible. They will see that a young Black Latina girl from Newark New Jersey who had a dream, to change the minds of others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS.”
She added, “To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach for the stars!!!!!”
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Last year, Rodriguez made history as the first openly trans actor to be nominated for an Emmy for her role as Blanca on the critically acclaimed series, “Pose.” Although she didn’t win, her nomination signaled a path forward for future recognition.
“Pose” co-star Billy Porter was also nominated for an acting award in last night’s ceremony, but lost to “Succession”’s Jeremy Strong. Queer icons Kristen Stewart and Lady Gaga, nominated for their roles in “Spencer” and “House of Gucci” respectively, lost to Nicole Kidman (“Being the Richardos”).
This year’s Golden Globes were not televised, following revelations last year that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association included “no Black members and participated in questionable business practices,” Variety reports. Winners were announced via Twitter in a sparse, toned-down ceremony.
Following her win, Rodriguez later posted a live acceptance speech in her Instagram story, during which she expanded on the message of her original post. “This is for the LGBTQAI Black, Latina, Asian, the many multi-, beautiful colors of the rainbow around the freaking world,” she said. “This is not just for me. This is for y’all.”
Mj Rodriguez reacts to her #GoldenGlobes win & gives an acceptance speech on IG Live:
“This is for the LGBTQAI, Black, Latina,
Asian [communities], the many multi beautiful colors of the rainbow… This is not just for me, this is for y’all. This is the door that opens for y’all” pic.twitter.com/g6GA6mzmWq
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