Gender-Nonbinary Actor Asia Kate Dillon Presenting At MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV has abolished gendered categories for the revamped show.

Asia Kate Dillon, the breakout gender-nonbinary performer on Showtime’s Billions, will be presenting the first award at the upcoming MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 7.

Dillon, who plays Taylor on the acclaimed drama, will announce “Best Actor in a Movie,” where the nominees include Logan’s Hugh Jackman, Hidden Figure’s Taraji P. Henson and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya.

“I grew up with MTV,” says Dillon. “It was the pop culture voice of my generation. MTV continues to be a voice for the culture it represents. I am honored to open the show as a presenter as MTV makes strides once more by doing away with binary acting categories, celebrating television and film in a truly inclusive way.”

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In addition to Billions, Dillon can be seen on Orange is the New Black, Master of None and Younger. They made history last month when Emmy producers told Dillon they could choose their acting category after receiving an impassioned letter from the star.

MTV made news itself when it announced it was removing gender barriers from all categories, which are also mostly platform-agnostic—allowing Moonlight to go up against This Is Us for “Best Tearjerker,” and Get Out and Mr. Robot to compete in “Best Fight Against the System.”

The MTV Movie & TV Awards air live on Sunday, May 7, at 8/7 on MTV.

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