The Emmy nominations are out, and there’s one nomination everyone’s talking about: Mj Rodriguez as Blanca Pose.
Rodriguez was nominated for the show last season, along with costar Billy Porter.
Now, this is not a big deal just because of Mj’s amazing performance, but also because Mj is the first trans performer to earn an Emmy nomination in a major major acting category.
“I believe this is an important moment,” Mj told Variety. “Never has a trans woman been nominated for an outstanding leading actress, and I feel like that’s pushing the needle forward so much for now. for a lot of people — whether they are trans male or female, gender nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, it doesn’t matter.”
“Moments like this expand and open up and expand the possibilities of what’s to come, and I’m sure the Academy definitely makes it possible and their eyes are more than open.”
“Yes, I believe they will continue, and I also feel like we will continue to speak and encourage and inform and educate people around the world. I think that’s the most important thing.”
…especially since many feel this is a long time coming.
And it’s not just passionate fans — writer, YouTuber and even actor Debra Messing took to Twitter to celebrate Mj.
It’s also a big moment for Pose in general as well as TV as a whole, because the whole show is about Black, Latino and trans characters.
Overall, there are plenty of BIPOC and LGBTQ actors in the category, and many feel all of the nominations are well-deserved.
TBH, just a few great nominees today!
Congratulations, Mj — we can’t wait to see you dominate at the Emmys!!!
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