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Sep 17 2017
Emmys 2017: The 69th Emmys Are The Queerest Ever Comments (0) 69th Annual Emmys are shaping up to be the queerest in history.

Interestingly, the queerest moments (not counting Nine to Five, which is only gay-adjacent) were mostly delivered by people of color.

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They're not gay themselves, but a reunion of the cast of Nine to Five (1980) was gayer than rimming.


Lena Waithe, who shared the Emmy for writing Master of None with Aziz Ansari, made a point of giving a pep talk to LGBTQIA people.


RuPaul, included in a very funny sketch with host Stephen Colbert, is finally being treated like the mainstream icon he is. Okur?!!!


Tituss Burgess was there. That's all that's needed from him — just showing up!

Colbert's snappy opening included a rap by Chance the Rapper that excoriated Trump, urging people to record shows but attend protests. Most explicitly pro-LGBTQ was his line about the trans ban: “If Hawkeye could be a soldier, why not Laverne Cox?”


Kate McKinnon, SNL's out lesbian cast member, became the first SNLer to win two Emmys. (She also sweetly thanked Hillary Clinton, for whose impersonation she likely won.)


Out actors B.D. Wong and Matt Bomer, co-stars in The Normal Heart, handed out the award for Outstanding Television Movie.


The Handmaid's Tale — one of the best things I've ever seen on TV — won the biggest award of the night, for Outstanding Drama Series. It also won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss). While Samira Wiley, who plays a lesbian on the series, did not win, her co-star Ann Dowd  did win in the same category, and Alexis Bledel (also a lesbian on the show) won an Emmy earlier for her guest work on the series. If you don't know why The Handmaid's Tale is queer, you must not have read the book or seen the series — please do both; what a brilliant piece this is, in both forms. (Don't accidentally watch Faye Dunaway's version, goils.)