by HRC Staff •
LOS ANGELES — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — announced that actress, singer, and activist Michaela Jaé Rodriguez will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2023 HRC Los Angeles Dinner on Saturday, March 25th at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
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"Through her extraordinary talent, courage, and determination, Michaela Jaé has not only made history as a transgender woman of color, but she has also inspired millions of people around the world. Her contributions as an artist and as an activist have created a more inclusive and humane world for the LGBTQ+ community. For all that and more, we are excited to honor Michaela Jaé Rodriguez with the HRC Visibility Award at the Los Angeles Dinner,” said Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson.
“I am overjoyed and truly honored to receive the HRC Visibility Award. I try my best to be an example when it comes to LGBTQAI rights and human rights across the board. So, to be recognized by an incredible organization that tirelessly works day in and day out for the queer community, is truly meaningful and humbling," said Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is a Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated actress, singer, and activist. She is the first transgender woman to receive a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her role as 'Blanca' on Pose; a role which won her the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2022. Michaela Jaé is currently shooting the second season of Apple’s hit comedy Loot opposite Maya Rudolph. Michaela Jaé’s additional credits include Lin-Manuel Miranda's Academy-Award nominated Tick, Tick... Boom! for Netflix, the Award-winning Saturday Church, Netflix/Marvel's Luke Cage, Robin Thede's Emmy Award-winning comedy series A Black Lady Sketch Show for HBO and more. On stage, Michaela Jaé also starred as 'Amber' in the Pasadena Playhouse's “Little Shop of Horrors” opposite Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin.
As an activist, she is a proud representative for the LGBTQ+ community, having received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards. Additionally, In June 2021 she released her debut single, “Something to Say'' via Access Records. Disco, R&B and Funk Tinged Pop, the single has Michaela calling on listeners to step into their truth and let their voices be heard.
Set to take place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, the 2023 HRC Los Angeles Dinner brings together HRC’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Tickets and further information are available at la.hrc.org/events/la-dinner.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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