Transgender women face a disproportionate rate of violence and murder. This year alone, there has been 10 documented cases of Black trans women being killed in the United States. This does not include trans women that have been misgendered in the media or by family or the number of trans Latinas killed in Central and South America.
It is the responsibility of cisgender people (people who are not trans) to speak up and combat the hate and violence trans women experience. Many times people only hear about trans women when they have been murdered. However, transgender women are more than one-off stories about death. For this reason and with Pride in mind, we’ve compiled a list of trans Latinas you should know, respect, and support.
Afro-Puerto Rican actress and singer MJ Rodriguez is one of the leading stars in Pose. Additionally, MJ has stage experience. She played Angel in the Off-Broadway run of RENT, made it to the final callbacks for Lin Manuel Miranda’s second breakout Broadway show, Hamilton, and showed Pose viewers her amazing singing voice on season one Episode Six, Love is the Message. Her acting and singing alongside co-star Billie Porter was a stellar display of raw talent, emotion, and life that brought many viewers to tears. You can learn much more about MJ in her Out cover story.