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MTV removes gender labels from Movie & TV Awards

Asia Kate Dillon will open MTV Movie and TV Awards in
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MTV Movie & TV Awards has done something they have never done before in the broadcast's quarter-of-a-century history: they removed the gender barriers in the categories of the evening's nominees. 

Although some nominees will fall under fan favorites Best Kiss, Best Hero, Best Villain and more, the nearly four-decade old network no longer will use “actress” in their acting category for the show. Instead they will only use “Best Actor in a Movie,” and “Best Actor in a Show.”

By doing so, MTV has given a welcoming platform to Asia Kate Dillon, the first non-binary identifying television personality to be cast in a network series.

Dillon has broken ground for others in the entertainment industry who, like them, don’t identify as either male or female.

Dillon applauds MTV for their decision and is looking forward to starting this journey with them.  

"I grew up with MTV.  It was the pop culture voice of my generation,” Dillon said. “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."

You may have seen Dillon in one of many roles. They can be seen in Netflix's “Orange is the New Black,” “Master of None,” and TV Land's “Younger.”

But Dillon may have seen their greatest success in the hit Showtime series “Billions,” in which they have a recurring role as intern Taylor Mason.

Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect, Modern Family) will host the MTV Movie & TV Awards live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday, May 7, at 8 pm ET/PT.