"Mj" Rodriguez becomes the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe
Michaela Jae, also known as "Mj" Rodriguez received the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama for her performance as Blanca Evangelista in the FX series "Pose". Her victory marks the first time in history that a transgender person receives a Golden Globe.
The 79th annual ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, but was largely dull, without stars, red carpet, or television broadcast. However, Rodriguez responded to her victory with an enthusiastic post on social media.
"This is the door that will open the way for many talented young people," she wrote on Instagram. "They will see that it is more than possible. They will see a young black Latin girl from Neuark, New Jersey, who had a dream, change the minds of others LOVE. LOVE WINS. ”
"This is for the LGBTQAI community, in color, Latin, Asian, lots of beautiful rainbow colors all over the weird world," she said. "This is not just for me, this is for you. This is the door that opens for you. ”
Mj Rodriguez reacts to her #GoldenGlobes win & gives an acceptance speech on IG Live:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 10, 2022
"This is for the LGBTQAI, Black, Latina,
Asian [communities], the many multi beautiful colors of the rainbow… This is not just for me, this is for y'all. This is the door that opens for y'all” pic.twitter.com/g6GA6mzmWq
When "Pose" premiered in 2018, it featured the largest cast of transgender actors in regular roles and the largest LGBTQ cast for a screenplay series.