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Mj Rodriguez. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Actress Mj Rodriguez became the first openly transgender Emmy Award nominee in a major acting category on Tuesday, earning the nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in FX's "Pose."

Driving the news: Only two other openly trans performers have received Emmy nominations, per Variety: Laverne Cox in 2014 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Rain Valdez for short form comedy or drama actress in 2020.

The big picture: Last month, GLAAD and other LGBTQ groups urged the Television Academy "to celebrate an entire underrepresented community that hasn’t been valued for their artistic vision, creativity, or contributions" by nominating the "Pose" cast members, many of whom identify as trans and nonbinary, in their respective acting categories.

  • Rodriguez's "Pose" cast member Billy Porter was nominated in the outstanding drama actor category. He became the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy in 2019.
  • "Pose" was also nominated for outstanding drama series.

What to watch: The Television Academy announced all nominees for the awards ceremony, which will air in September.

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Oct 20, 2021 - Technology

Netflix workers walk out over handling of Dave Chappelle special

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Workers at a Netflix office in Los Angeles and its Los Gatos. California, headquarters staged a protest on Wednesday over the company's handling of anti-transgender comments made by Dave Chappelle in his latest comedy special for the service.

Why it matters: The move comes amid growing controversy over Netflix's handling of the situation, which has also included the firing of one transgender employee for allegedly leaking company information.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks has dropped plans to require that U.S. workers get the COVID vaccine or submit to weekly testing, the company announced Tuesday in a memo to employees.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

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Netanyahu plea talks enter crunch time

Netanyahu (right) meets with his lawyer ahead of a court hearing last February. Photo: Reuven Casto/Pool/AFP via Getty

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's opposition leader and former prime minister, is negotiating a possible plea deal over the corruption charges against him, but Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit appears to be toughening his terms.

Why it matters: Mandelblit leaves office on Jan. 31. Negotiations could continue beyond that point, but the next attorney general may be less interested in quickly reaching a deal.