Chandler Massey won the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series this weekend; it is his second nomination in this category and first win. Massey plays openly gay teenager Will Horton on the NBC daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and is the first soap actor to win a Daytime Emmy for playing a gay male character. Days of Our Lives won a total of four Daytime Emmys this year.
Since it was revealed late last year that Massey’s character, Will, is gay, he’s had a long onscreen struggle coming to terms with his orientation. Will recently came out to several members of his family and had an onscreen kiss with another male character for the first time. The soap also recently won a GLAAD Media Award for its inclusive storylines, after another character on the program, Sonny Kiriakis, came out as gay last year.
Other LGBT-inclusive daytime shows with wins this year include The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Bold and the Beautiful with three wins each, All My Children with two wins, and The Nate Berkus Show with one .