MJ Rodriguez Makes History As the First Trans Person Ever To Be Nominated For A Lead Acting Emmy

It’s about damn time! Today, the nominations for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, and one particular Afro-Latinx person made history. MJ Rodriguez is officially the first trans person ever to be nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting role. Yes, you read that right. First trans person ever.

MJ Rodriguez was nominated in the Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Blanca Evangelista on “Pose”.

The third and final season of “Pose” delighted fans for its signature style and emotional punch. Critics called Rodriguez’s performance in the most recent season “the best work yet of her career”. And now, her work is finally being recognized by a powerful institution.

MJ Rodriguez took to Instagram to post a video of her reaction to the news. While we don’t see her directly on camera, we can hear her and her loved ones screaming with excitement when her name is called. “I’m still on cloud nine… I truly can’t believe it,” wroteRodrgiuez. “Thank you @televisionacad I’m still gagging. I didn’t get on cam am that much cause I looked a mess!! Lord Jesus I’m #EmmyNominated”.

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