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Mj Rodriguez makes history as first trans woman nominated for lead actress Primetime Emmy

Mj Rodriguez makes history as she becomes first trans woman nominated for lead actress Primetime Emmy

Mj Rodriguez has made history as the first transwoman to be Primetime Emmy nominated for top category outstanding lead actress in a drama.

The 30-year-old actress earned the recognition for her work starring as house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in FX ballroom culture period drama series Pose.

Ron Cephas Jones, 64, from the series This Is Us made the announcement during the livestream of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Tuesday morning while joined by his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones, 31, of Hamilton fame. 

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Trailblazing: Mj Rodriguez (seen in New York back in April) has made history as the first transwoman to be Primetime Emmy nominated for top category outstanding lead actress in a drama

Rodriguez was excited about the milestone as she told Variety: ‘I do believe this is a pivotal moment. There’s never been a trans woman who has been nominated as a leading outstanding actress and I feel like that pushes the needle forward so much for now the door to be knocked down for so many people — whether they be male or trans female, gender nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, it does not matter.

‘A moment like this extends and opens and elongates the possibilities of what’s going to happen and I believe the Academy is definitely making it possible and their eyes are more than open. 

‘Yes, I do believe they’re going to continue, and I also feel like we’re going to keep speaking and encouraging and informing and educating people around the world. I think that’s the most important thing.’

Shining star: The 30-year-old actress earned the recognition for her work starring as house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in FX ballroom culture period drama series Pose

Shining star: The 30-year-old actress earned the recognition for her work starring as house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in FX ballroom culture period drama series Pose

No doubt this is a massive moment when it comes to LGBTQIA+ representation – especially for trans representation – at the Emmys which are considered to be the biggest night in television. 

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