MJ Rodriguez Makes History As First Out Trans Woman Emmy Nominated For Outstanding Lead Actress

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Mj Rodriguez attends the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

MJ Rodriguez Makes History As First Out Trans Woman Emmy Nominated For Outstanding Lead Actress

“This is for us, period,” she said on her Instagram page.

PUBLISHED ON : JULY 14, 2021 / 10:37 AM

Written by BET Staff

History was made during the Emmy Awards nomination announcements on Tuesday (July 13). 

Actress Michaela Jaé, formerly known as  MJ Rodriguez, became the first out trans woman performer to be nominated in a major category — Outstanding Lead Actress for performance in the FX Networks drama series POSE, the Television Academy shared.

“This is for us. This is for us, y’all. This is for us, period,” Rodriguez said on her Instagram responding to the groundbreaking nomination. 

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Adding, “I’ve been wanting to express and feel and spread love all my life, and I always wanted to spread it through my art. I finally feel like I can do it and I finally feel like people are seeing it.”

Billy Porter, who plays PrayTell in the series, was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for POSE and recognized Rodriguez’s nod on his IG. 

“So #grateful. Thank you Television Academy #EmmyAwards. Thank you POSE. Thank you FX Networks. I SEE YOU MICHAELA JAE!!! ✨✨✨#EmmyNominations 🙏🏾📺.”

The 73rd Emmy Awards will air live on CBS and Paramount+ on Sept. 19, hosted by comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer. 

Black contributions were also recognized this year in several categories, including Stacey Abrams, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lovecraft Country, Underground Railroad. See the list of the nominees here.

(Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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