The 79th Golden Globe Awards were held on January 9 in California. For the first time in history, the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role was awarded to transgender actress MJ Rodriguez.
MJ Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Globe for her role in Ryan Murphy’s popular TV series Pose. In the series, the 31-year-old actress plays the role of nurse Blanca, who helps patients during the AIDS epidemic that are infected with the HIV.
The actress responded to the historic victory in an Instagram post, writing that this victory is a kind of door that is open to many talented people from today – “They will see that it is more than possible. They will see that a young Black Latina girl from Newark New Jersey who had a dream, to change the minds others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS.”
Other nominees for the Golden Globe along MJ Rodriguez were: Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Baranski and Elizabeth Moss.
In addition, MJ Rodriguez is the first transgender actress of color to be nominated for an Emmy last year.
The popular TV series Pose came out on screens in 2018 and tells the story of transgender and LGBTQ+ people living in New York in the 80s. The series focuses on Ballroom culture and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.