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Emmy Nominations for LGBTQ Shows, Many Transgender-Centric Standouts

by Hayley Miller July 14, 2016

This morning, the Television Academy released its nominees for the 68th Emmy Awards, highlighting several LGBTQ and allied actors. Many of those nominations went to two groundbreaking shows -- Transparent and Her Story -- featuring transgender actors, writers and directors.

The hit Amazon show Transparent, which follows the transition and story of a transgender mother, received 10 nominations. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman were all nominated, as was the show’s creator Jill Soloway. Light is a longtime HRC supporter and her co-star, Kathryn Hahn, received an HRC Ally for Equality award in May

Her Story was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series. Her Story is a groundbreaking YouTube series that tells the story of several transgender and queer women, including transgender advocate Angelica Ross, who has partnered with HRC on projects.

Ryan Murphy, who produced a powerful tribute to the Orlando victims last month, received two nominations for The People v. O.J. Simpson. Several people who were featured in the tribute video, including Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kerry Washington, Nina Jacobson and Sarah Paulson, were also nominated.

Gaycation, which stars longtime HRC supporter Ellen Page, was nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Page came out at HRC Foundation’s first annual Time to THRIVE conference in 2014.

RuPaul's Drag Race was nominated for Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program and the show’s host and creator, RuPaul, was nominated for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.

HRC supporters Lily Tomlin and Tig Notaro, who are both openly lesbian, Carrie Brownstein, who is openly bisexual, and Tituss Burgess, who is openly gay, were also nominated.

HRC supporters Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Felicity Huffman and Allison Janney also received nominations.

HRC congratulates all of the nominees on this immense honor.

Hayley Miller
Hayley Miller


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