And the Emmy goes to …. LGBTQA

Last night, at the televised 2019 Emmy Awards, several LGBTQA actors/shows walked away with the coveted award.

First and foremost, as the headline guest at the annual Equality Utah Allies extravaganza on Oct. 5, 2019, Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man last night to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in Pose.

The fashionable singer-actor wore a glittered suit and a towering asymmetrical hat on the stage as he accepted the award.

In his acceptance speech, he said, “The category is love, y’all, love!” And in a follow-up interview with Entertainment Tonight, he said, “I’m so grateful to have lived long enough to see the day where a queer black man can stand up in front of the world and say ‘I’m here’.”

While, we give kudos to all the night’s winners, here are several others that deserve our LGBTQA admiration to:

Competition Program

  • “The Amazing Race”
  • “American Ninja Warrior”
  • “Nailed It!”
  • WINNER: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • “Top Chef”
  • “The Voice”

In part of RuPaul’s acceptance speech: “We’re so happy for all the gorgeous kids who come on and show how fabulous they are.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • WINNER: LGBTQ ally Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, “When They See Us”
  • Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
  • Vera Farmiga, “When They See Us”
  • Margaret Qualley, “Fosse/Verdon”
  • Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”

Arquette stood up for our transgender community by saying, “In my heart I’m so sad. I lost my sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted. And I’m in mourning every day of my life Alexis, and I will be for the rest of my life for you… Get rid of this bias!”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
  • Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
  • Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us”
  • Joey King, “The Act”
  • Nicey Nash, “When They See Us”
  • WINNER: LGBTQ ally Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

In her acceptance speech, giving tribute to Gwen Verdon, Williams touted equal pay, “I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe to voice them, and respected enough that they’ll be heard.”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Asante Blackk, “When They See Us”
  • Paul Dano, “Escape at Dannemora”
  • John Leguizamo, “When They See Us”
  • Stellan Skarsgard, “Chernobyl”
  • WINNER: openly gay actor Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”
  • Michael K. Williams, “When They See Us”

“Oh, I’m hungover,” Whishaw opened his acceptance speech.

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