Mj Rodriguez of 'Pose' becomes first transgender best actress Emmy nominee
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Mj Rodriguez is making history as the first openly transgender Emmy Award nominee in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category.

The "Pose" star was named among the honorees on Tuesday ahead of the 73rd annual Emmys airing Sept. 19 on CBS.

Other nominees in the category are: "Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss, "The Crown's" Emma Corrin and Olivia Colman, "In Treatment's" Uzo Adaba and Jurnee Smollett of "Lovecraft Country."


While Rodriguez's performance earned her a barrier-breaking nod in one of the major acting categories, the 30-year-old performer isn't the first transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy.

Laverne Cox snagged her first Emmy nomination in the outstanding guest actress in a drama series category for "Orange is the New Black" in 2014. Last year, Rain Valdez was nominated for the web series "Razor Tongue" in the outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series category, and Cox earned her second nomination.

Rodriguez's nomination comes just weeks after "Pose" took its final bow — the FX series about New York drag ball culture ended after its third season in June.

Last month, GLAAD had urged Emmy voters in an open letter to "make history" and "celebrate an entire underrepresented community that hasn't been valued for their artistic vision, creativity, or contributions" by nominating "Pose" cast members.

While noting that fellow "Pose" star Billy Porter became the first openly gay Black man to win a best lead actor in a drama series Emmy in 2019, the LGBTQ organization said, "talented transgender actresses, actors, and non-binary performers in this series have not yet been honored by Television Academy members and their performances deserve acknowledgment."

—Updated at 12:30 p.m.