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Newark Arts High School Alumna MJ Rodriguez is First Transgender to Win a Golden Globe

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Tracie Carter, RLS Media Morning Staff

“This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals.” -MJ Rodriguez 

The nation's first school of the visual and performing arts of its kind is starting the week cheering another 'golden' feather in its cap after one of its graduates brought home a first-ever national award Sunday. 

MJ Rodriquez, 31, created history by becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe.

Pose star and 2009 graduate of Arts High School, MJ Rodriguez received the Best Television Actress award for her performance in the Netflix show Pose show at the 79th Golden Globes.

 Newark Arts High School Principal Ms. Devonne Gorman expressed overwhelming excitement and happiness for MJ's accolades. 

“As we move to become a national model of academic excellence for academic and artistic excellence, MJ Rodriguez’s Golden Globe Award is a prime example of Art High’s profound history, legacy and greatness." - Principal Devonne Gorman

"I am excited for MJ to pave the way for our artist-scholars, giving them another reason to aspire to inspire."

All of us here at Arts High are proud of you," Principal Gorman continued. 

Last year, MJ Rodriguez made history as the first trans performer to earn an Emmy nomination in the lead acting categories.

After her big win, MJ Rodriguez shared a post on her Instagram profile, where she wrote the following. 

“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.” 

MJ Rodriguez continued, "To my young LGBTQAI babies, WE ARE HERE; The door is now open.

Now reach the stars!!!!!"