The Chicago Journal

MK Rodriguez Makes History as the First Transgender to Secure a Golden Globe Award

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It is time to pay attention to another notable event in entertainment history as another first time has occured. The world is swiftly transitioning into an accepting environment for different kinds of people with different races and different sexualities.

On Sunday, Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez, an American actress and singer, secured a Golden Globe Award as best actress in a TV drama for her portrayal of Blanca, a housemother and nurse, on the show “Pose.” 

This is the first time in history that a transgender act has taken home a Golden Globe. And this marks the first Golden Globe win for “Pose,” which showed last 2018. 

However, this is not the first time that Rodriguez marked a notable event in history. Rodriguez became the first transgender performer to be nominated in the Emmys for a lead acting last summer. But Rodriguez did not win the award. 

Though “Pose” has been commended for their enormous transgender casting in a series, the show’s acts has been forthright about the insufficient recognition they have been receiving. 

“Pose” co-stars Indya Moore and Angelica Ross voiced out their opinions about Emmys failing to notice the show’s Black transgender cast in the list of nominees in 2020. 

“Something abt trans ppl not being honored on a show abt trans ppl who created a culture to honor ourselves bc the world doesn’t,” says Moore in a tweet, who portrays Angel Evangelista, a transgender sex worker pursuing a career as a fashion model. “Let’s call it cognitive cissonance.”

Angelica Ross, who portrayed Black transgender woman Candy Ferocity, retweeted Moore’s statement and posted on Instagram about the Black trans overlook. 

“I want you to know from the jump that these tears are not about an award or a nomination,” Ross stated. “Ultimately, I need y’all to understand that I’m so tired — those of you who know me know I’m not just working on screen or behind screen but I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives.”

Rodriguez announced her win on social media Sunday and commended fellow nominees Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, and Elisabeth Moss.