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A Breakdown of All the Queer Emmy Nominations

Tuesday Jul 16, 2019
Billy Porter for FX's "Pose."
Billy Porter for FX's "Pose."  (Source:Pari Dukovic/FX)

The nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday and there were several queer programs and people that earned a nod. Here is a breakdown of some of the biggest queer shows and stars that scored some Emmy love.

The groundbreaking LGBTQ drama "Pose" made history, earning six nominations including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter. It also earned technical nods, including Outstanding Hairstyling.

Elsewhere the Canadian comedy series "Schitt's Creek" picked up a handful of nods, including Outstanding Comedy Series as well as lead actors Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara eating scoring a nomination.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" was again nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Series with RuPaul earning a nod for Outstanding Host. On top of that, "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," the behind-the-scenes web series Untucked" and the "Drag Race" digital series "Portrait of a Queen" and "Out of the Closet" got earned Emmy love.

"Queer Eye" was also nominated again for six categories, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

Laverne Cox picked up a nod for her role in "Orange Is the New Black" as did Cherry Jones for "The Handmaid's Tale." Lesley Headland earned a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Netflix's "Russian Doll," which in total got 13 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. "Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon also got an Emmy nod as did Hannah Gadsby's Netflix comedy special "Nanette." Additionally, Randy Rainbow earned a nomination for Outstanding Short form Variety Series for "The Randy Rainbow Show."

And British actors Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw were both nominated for the gay-themed British drama "A Very English Scandal," Grant for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie and Whishaw for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie. Whishaw has already won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Critics' Choice Television Award for his performance. He entered in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in August 2012 and later addressed his coming out experience as "surprisingly lovely."


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