You’ll Be Impressed By The Overwhelming LGBT Presence Among This Year’s Emmy Nominees

emmy07_11We are not only in the golden age of television, we are in the gay age of television.

Never before has there be so much representation of gay perspectives on the small screen, and nowhere is that more apparent than this year’s Emmy nominations which were announced today.

We’ve compiled a breakdown of all the nominated shows and movies that feature gay story lines, as well as actors and actresses nominated for portraying LGBT characters.

Clearly, Orange is the New Black and The Normal Heart help stack the deck, but it’s also interesting to note that four out of the six nominated drama series feature LGBT representation in some form or another.

Also an important first this year: Laverne Cox makes history by being the first trans actress up to win a statue. Get it, girl.

Among the snubs: nothing for HBO’s queer dramedy Looking. Still, all in all, it’s an impressive array.

Outstanding comedy series:

Orange is the New Black
Modern Family

Supporting actor in a comedy series:

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Guest actor in a comedy series

Nathan Lane, “Pepper” on Modern Family


Guest actress in a comedy series

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Drama series

Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Lead actor in a drama series

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (you know, that scene)


Television Movie

The Normal Heart

Lead actor in a miniseries/movie

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Supporting actor in a miniseries/movie

Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Larry KramerThe Normal Heart