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    Mj Rodriguez Just Became The First Transgender Person To Be Nominated For A Major Lead Acting Emmy

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    The Emmy nominations are out, and there's one nomination everyone is talking about: Mj Rodriguez as Blanca on Pose.

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    Rodriguez was nominated for the show's last season, along with costar Billy Porter.

    MJ and Billy sitting on a couch and smiling during a scene from pose
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    The show was also nominated for Best Drama and a ton of other categories, including directing and writing.

    Now, this isn't a big deal just because of Mj's incredible performance, but also because Mj is the first trans performer to garner an Emmy nomination in a major lead acting category.

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    Previously, Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for Orange Is the New Black, and Rain Valdez was nominated last year in the short form comedy/drama category for Razor Tongue. If Mj wins, she'll be the first trans performer to win an Emmy.

    “I do believe this is a pivotal moment," Mj told Variety. "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.”

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    “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."

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    "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.”

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    People on Twitter were so happy for Mj...

    Twitter: @KrisBeKnowin

    ...especially because many have felt this was a long time coming.

    MJ Rodriguez finally getting nominated for pose...

    And it wasn't just fans who were excited — writers, YouTubers, and even actor Debra Messing took to Twitter to celebrate Mj's historic nomination.

    🌈🌈🌈🌈 CONGRATULATIONS #MJRodriguez for your magnificent artistry-impossible to deny—and for changing our industry forever. You are an inspiration, and a beautiful, beautiful actress. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ❤️ https://t.co/btaJLyQClA

    Twitter: @DebraMessing

    It's also a huge moment for Pose in general as well as TV as a whole, as the entire show is about Black, Latinx, and trans characters.

    mj rodriguez becoming the first trans woman to be emmy-nominated in a lead acting category for a show with the most trans actors of color? she is the moment.

    Overall, there were a bunch of BIPOC and LGBTQ actors in the category, and many feel all the nominations are well-deserved.

    tracee ellis ross, uzo aduba, mj rodriguez, olivia coleman, emma corrin, michaela coel, sophie okonedo, gillian anderson all nominated for emmy awards

    Twitter: @riomatt00

    TBH, there were just some great nominations today!

    jurnee smollet, daniel kaluuya, mj rodriguez, michaela coel, don cheadle, euphoria, wandavision all sweeping at the emmys today is just a good day

    Congratulations, Mj — we cannot wait to see you dominate at the Emmys!!!

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