This week read about Mj Rodriguez winning a Golden Globe, a "Bachelor" show featuring bisexual people, and "Real Housewives of Miami" reboot featuring a lesbian couple.

Mj Rodriguez Becomes First Trans Actor to Win a Golden Globe

On Sunday, Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez took home a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for her role as Blanca on the FX show “Pose.”

It marks the first time in history a transgender actor has won a Golden Globe. This is also the first Golden Globe win for “Pose” which premiered in 2018. While “Pose” has been hailed for the largest transgender cast in a scripted series, the show’s stars have been vocal regarding the lack of award recognition they have received making this a huge win for the cast as well.

“Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you! This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals,” she wrote on Instagram. “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. To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!”

Rodriguez also shouted out her fellow nominees: Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski and Elisabeth Moss.

“To the nominees we are Queens,” she wrote. “I’m so happy to share space with you! Each and every last one of you women are phenomenal.”

Bisexual ‘Bachelor’ Show in the Works

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 SFGN file photo.

“The Bachelor” franchise, known for its yearly competitive love shows, has been criticized over the years for its heteronormativity, but the Australian version is about to change that.

On Jan. 6, a casting call was sent out looking for single women and men who are “looking for a shot at true love.” The Australian spin-off was previously praised for its inclusivity last year with its bisexual “Bachelorette,” Brooke Blurton. Although ratings were low, the network isn’t blaming the change but rather believes the entire franchise needs to be reworked.

“Often with those legacy formats, there are pivots that you can make, there are things that you can do, and shows like ‘MasterChef’ and ‘The Block’ that have been on the air for more than a decade prove that a format can go for a long time when you carefully manage it, and sometimes it’s cyclical,” Beverley McGarvey, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand executive president and chief content officer, told Mediaweek last November. “So now we need to go, ‘What do we do with ‘The Bachelor?’”

The new season will begin filming in May 2022 and will air late August.

“Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is so 2020,” a Bachelor spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “Love is love and we look forward to casting our next Bachelor, whoever they may be.”

‘Real Housewives of Miami’ Reboot Includes Lesbian Couple

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Julia Lemigova. Photo via Facebook.

After an eight-year hiatus “The Real Housewives of Miami” is back featuring the first gay housewife to appear on any of the franchise’s 11 incarnations.

Former Russian model Julia Lemigova, who is married to former tennis superstar Martina Navratilova, joined the cast for the show’s fourth season.

“Being a visible part of our LGBTQ community is quite new to me and I would not even try to pretend I am a spokesperson for it," Lemigova told NBC News in an email. "What I am happy to be is a spokesperson for myself and my family and hope that as a family we represent our LGBTQ community well."

She added that being a pioneer on such a popular television franchise is “a lot of responsibility” and she hopes she can “live up to that responsibility.”

“The Real Housewives of Miami” streams on Peacock every Thursday.


Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

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