Actress Mj Rodriguez Becomes First Transgender Woman to Win a Golden Globe

Actress Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez on Jan. 9 became the first transgender woman to win a Golden Globe for her lead role in the FX’s series, “Pose.”

Rodriguez, 31, won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama for her lead role as Blanca Evangelista in “Pose,” marking the first time a transgender actress won a Golden Globe.

“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,” Rodriquez said in a celebratory post on social media.

“To my young LGBTQAI babies, we are here. The door is now open. Reach the stars!” Rodriguez further said.

Rodriguez’s win is also the first Golden Globe win for “Pose,” which tells the story of trans and queer people of color who cultivated the underground ballroom culture in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s.

Rodriguez previously made history last summer when she became the first transgender Emmy Award nominee in a major acting category.

“Pose,” which premiered in 2018 and wrapped its third and final season last June, made television history with the largest transgender cast in regular roles in a scripted series.

“Pose” received 20 Emmy nominations and four awards.

The Golden Globes were not on broadcast due to the continued scrutiny the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been facing over a lack of representation at the awards show other ethical questions related to financial benefits.


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