MJ Rodriguez, who plays Blanca Evangelista on the hit FX show Pose, was honored at the 31st annual Hispanic Heritage Awards.
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These awards are among the highest honors by and for Latinx people. Founded by the White House in 1987, they are supported by 40 national institutions.
Rodriguez is the first-ever trans woman to be honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation with their Trailblazer Hispanic Heritage Award. Previous honorees include America Ferrera, Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Sonia Sotomayor, among others.
According to Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Rodriguez is being honored for her ‘talent, courage and social impact.’
‘Her story is a journey of triumph as she leads the way for transgender representation in Hollywood and beyond,’ Tijerino said in a statement.
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The Hispanic Heritage Awards took place at Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on 12 September. The event will be broadcasted as a PBS special on 28 September.