MJ Rodriguez Makes History as First Trans Golden Globe Winner
The category is: Diversity and inclusion.
Breakout Pose star MJ Rodriguez took home her first Golden Globe; the first Golden Globe ever won by a trans actress.
Best known for her iconic role as house mother Blanca Rodriguez on FX’s Pose, 31-year-old MJ Rodriguez recently made history. She’s the first trans actress ever awarded a Golden Globe by The Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA).
Nominated in the “Best Actress, Television Drama” category, Rodriguez beat out seasoned talents like Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, and Elisabeth Moss.
Rodriguez took to social media to celebrate her win after HFPA announced the winners online.
Her monumental win comes on the heels of a controversy regarding the awards ceremony’s historical lack of diversity, specifically surrounding the lack of Black and minority members within the organization. Numerous A-list stars called for a boycott of the organization and its awards show in 2022, and as a result, the winners were solely announce online.
The HFPA congratulated Rodriguez on her win and has stated they are taking steps to increase diversity amongst its members to ensure all people are represented.
This year’s drama series had us on the edge of our seats. Congratulations to @MjRodriguez7 for taking home the #GoldenGlobe for Best Television Actress – Drama Series! pic.twitter.com/XgpNom4jKJ
– Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 10, 2022
This is not the first time Rodriguez has made history, however. The actress was the first openly transgender actress nominated in a lead acting category at the Emmys in 2021. While she did not win an Emmy, more awards are undoubtedly soon to come.