Angelica Ross is the first trans person to play a leading role on Broadway, and Maura Healey could become Massachusetts' first female governor.
Trans Star Makes Broadway History in Her Lead Role
Angelica Ross, best known for her work in the television series “Pose,” is set to make history as the first trans person to play the leading role on Broadway.
She will be playing the part of Roxie Hart in the 1975 musical “Chicago.”
The world of Broadway has become much more inclusive in recent years, reports CBS News. In 2018, Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame became the first trans woman to play a featured role on Broadway in “Head Over Heels.” This past spring, L Morgan Lee became the first trans person to be nominated for a Tony Award for her featured role in “A Strange Loop.”
Ross is excited to serve as an inspiration for other trans people. She tells the Associated Press, “I think about the trans women who are looking at me right now and are now thinking that this is possible.”
Candidate for Governor Could Make State History
Maura Healey. Photo via Facebook.
Although it prides itself as a progressive state, Massachusetts has yet to elect a woman as governor, but Attorney General Maura Healey could change that in the November election.
Currently, the governor’s seat is held by women in nine states. Thirty-one states have had female governors in the past. Massachusetts has never been one of them.
“This state has always had a reputation of being pretty parochial and stuck to people who look more like me: white, Irish and male,” said former state Democratic Party Chair Phil Johnston in an interview, according to Politico.
This year’s election could be a big advancement.
If she wins, not only will Healey be Massachusetts’ first female governor, but she will also be the state’s first gay governor. Healey is running with Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll as the lieutenant governor, making it an all-women ticket. Having two women elected to the governor’s office would make it a doubly historic first for Massachusetts.