Mj Rodriguez Becomes First Openly Trans Woman Nominated For Emmy In Lead Actress Category

“Bask, sis. BAAAAASK”

The 2021 Emmy nominations are out, and Mj Rodriguez has made history as the first-ever openly trans woman to be nominated in a Best Actress category.

Rodriguez was nominated for Lead Actress in the drama category, for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista on the hit series, “Pose.” She will face off against fellow thespians Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”), Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin (“The Crown”), Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft County”). 

Fellow “Pose” star Billy Porter also received an Emmy nod in the Lead Actor category, and “Pose” has been nominated for Best Drama Series.

“Pose” writer, director, and producer Janet Mock took to Twitter to congratulate Rodriguez on her nomination. “MJ MOTHAF*CKING RODRIGUEZ!!!!! Three seasons of carrying a drama series on her slender yet mighty shoulders,” she wrote. “Bask, sis. BAAAAASK!” 

The ground-breaking drama, which chronicled the underground drag and ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s and 1990s and which featured a diverse cast of Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ performers, concluded its three-season run on June 6th.    

Congratulations have been pouring in on Twitter for Rodriguez, Porter, and “Pose.” 

“Pose” previously won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama for its first season. The same year, Porter became the first openly LGBTQ+ actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. 

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