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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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Jul 31, 2021 - Sports

Axios at the Olympics: Games grapple with trans athletes

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Asano Ikko/AFP), Ezra Shaw, and Alex Pantling via Getty Images

TOKYO — After 125 years of having no openly transgender competitors at the Olympics, there are several transgender and nonbinary athletes at this year's Games.

Between the lines: While still small in number, the presence of trans athletes has been a major point of controversy at these Games, coming up repeatedly at IOC press conferences and in newspaper headlines around the world.

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Huge wildfire reaches edge of Sequoia National Park

A plume of smoke and flames rise into the air as the fire burns towards Moro Rock during the KNP Complex fire in the Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California, on Saturday. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.

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Hong Kong holds first "patriots only" elections

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during a news conference last Monday. Photo: Lui Siu Wai/Xinhua via Getty Images

Hong Kong's elections to choose the city's Election Committee members opened to a select group of voters on Sunday, under a new "patriots only" system imposed by China's government.

Why it matters: All candidates running to be members of the electoral college have been "vetted" by Beijing, per Reuters. They will go on to choose the Asian financial hub's next leader, approved by China's government, and some of its legislature.