When the Emmy Awards air on Sunday, it could be a night of premieres for LGBTQ artists and producers.
In July, Mj Rodriguez became the first transgender actor nominated for an Emmy as the show’s lead. For three seasons, Rodriguez played Blanca, the HIV-positive mother of the drag ball House of Evangelista in the 1980s set “Pose” by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals.
âFor a long time, I didn’t feel like I deserved these things,â Rodriguez said of his landmark appointment in an interview with Weekly entertainment last month. âThere is so much going against us when we identify as trans. I had all these insecurities. I fell into my boyfriend’s arms and started to cry. I feel like I’ve finally entered a place where people can understand me as a human being.
In a statement, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said Rodriguez’s appointment was “a breakthrough for transgender women in Hollywood and long-awaited recognition for her groundbreaking performance over the past three seasons of ‘Pose.’ “.
Rodriguez’s co-stars say they can’t wait for her to take home the award.
âSis worked hard and deserves this nomination and deserves to earn just as much as any other nominees we know for bringing such power to the lead roles,â Angelica Ross, who played Blanca’s rival Candy Ferocity, on âPoseâ , posted on Instagram. “His performance is deep, layered and consistently strong throughout the season.”
In 2014, Laverne Cox became the first transgender person nominated for an Acting Emmy, when she was shortlisted for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”. .
âPose,â which ended in June, is also up for an Outstanding Drama Series, while Rodriguez co-star Billy Porter, who played the acerbic emcee Pray Tell, was nominated for the award. third time in the main actor category. His victory in 2019 was the first time a black gay man has been nominated or won in a lead actor category.
Another groundbreaking nomination this year went to “Saturday Night Live” actor Bowen Yang, who is nominated for the role of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. This is the first time that a “star player” (as opposed to a “repertoire player”) of “SNL” got a nod in the show’s 46th anniversary. If he wins, he would be the second gay actor to win an Emmy after Kate McKinnon, who won in 2016 and 2017.
Yang is also one of the few Americans of Chinese descent recognized by the Emmy governing body, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (In 2017, BD actor Wong was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “Mr. Robot.”)
After debating whether to submit an episode in which he appeared in more skits, Yang opted for an April one that features one of his most beloved performances – playing the iceberg that sank the Titanic. .
âThe whole possession process was so much fun,â he said. Variety, crediting “SNL” chief writer Anna Drezen for the character’s genesis. “It was so much about what we could get.”
Yang isn’t the only LGBTQ nominee for “SNL” this year: McKinnon is ready for supporting actress again, while “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Dan Levy has been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a comedy series for hosting the February 6 episode of the series. .
Other LGBTQ nominees include Samira Wiley in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins in “Hacks” and Jonathan Groff for his role as King George in the Disney + musical of “Hamilton”.
From “The Crown”, queer non-binary performer Emma Corrin is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her performance as Princess Diana, with bisexual actress Gillian Anderson getting a nod for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
At the Creative Arts Emmys on September 12, the fifth season of “Queer Eye” won the Outstanding Structured Reality Program award. Co-stars Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, however, lost to RuPaul in the Best Host – Pickup Icon category. sixth consecutive victory in the category.
The show’s behind-the-scenes spin-off, âRuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked,â snatched the crown for Best Unstructured Reality Program.
If “Drag Race” wins the Emmy for Best Reality TV Competition on Sunday night, Executive Producer RuPaul will break the record for highest number of Emmys won by a black artist, with a lifetime total of 11 trophies.
At the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, RuPaul thanked the small public access station in Atlanta for giving him his first hiatus decades ago.
“They were so nice to me for making me do my hard jobs there years ago, and I want to thank them for being so nice to me and all the people in this company who have been nice.” , he told the audience, Deadline first reported.
The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will air on Paramount +.