MJ Rodriguez is getting a special honor…
Since its debut back in June, FX’s Pose, starring the 27-year-old Latina transgender actress and singer, has been busy breaking records.
The Ryan Murphy-helmed program feautured the largest cast of transgender actors in series-regular roles, the largest ever LGBTQ cast on a scripted series and featured the first episode of television in history to be written and directed by a transgender woman of color, Janet Mock.
Now, Posewill reap the rewards of their progressive programming. The Trevor Project, a world-famous non-profit organization aimed at aiding at-risk LGBTQ youth, will honor Murphy, Rodriguez, who portrays Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista,and the rest of the cast of the show at their upcoming TrevorLIVE Gala.
Amit Paley, the CEO and executive director for The Trevor Project, said that the show’s aim to represent trans people so directly has been inspiring to watch.
“Ryan Murphy and the cast of Posehave had a tremendous impact on the lives of young LGBTQ people over the past year,” he said. “We’re incredibly excited to honor them for their dedication to creating a community of openness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ youth through their innovative work and leadership.”
Murphy added that he was similarly affected by the organization’s decision to honor his work and his cast. “I’m thrilled to be honored by The Trevor Project alongside the cast of Pose,” he said in a statement. “We’re extremely supportive of the work that this extraordinary organization does to help LGBTQ young people in need feel heard and valued.”