69th Emmy Awards: Lena Waithe makes history; Kate McKinnon, 'San Junipero,' and more win

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on CBS tonight, and included wins for several LGBTQ actors, creators, and inclusive series.

Out actress, writer, and producer Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win the Emmy in Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None's "Thanksgiving" episode, alongside Aziz Ansari. "Thanksgiving" was inspired by Waithe's own story and takes place over the course of two decades of Thanksgivings, telling the story of Denise's (Waithe) coming out, bringing dates to family dinner, and her relationship with her family. The episode, co-written by Waithe and show creator Ansari, is a beautiful and personal look at the often overlooked stories of queer women of color. During her speech Waithe said, "My LGBQTIA family, I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful if we weren't in it. For everybody out there that showed so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. "

For the second year in a row, out actress and comedian Kate McKinnon won the Emmy in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live. McKinnon was also part of the cast win as Saturday Night Live picked up the Outstanding Variety Sketch Show Emmy. This season’s co-head writer, Chris Kelly, is also an out gay man, a first for the series. McKinnon can be heard in the upcoming Netflix animated series The Magic School Bus Rides Again where she voices the new Ms. Frizzle, premiering September 29.

The Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" took home the Emmy in Outstanding Television Movie, the episode also received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode earlier this year. Charlie Brooker, the writer of the episode, also took home the Emmy in Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Drama for the episode. "San Junipero" followed the love story of Kelly and Yorkie whose relationship defied the laws of space and time. Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale won the Emmy in Outstanding Drama Series.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis was in attendance at the Emmys and advocated on the red carpet for more LGBTQ-inclusive entertainment. Several celebrities in attendance including Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) also sported '&' lapel pins to show solidarity for those most vulnerable to discrimination in the current political climate. The ‘&’ pins, courtesy of GLAAD, represent the Together movement that seeks to unite marginalized communities to resist, persist and prevail against hateful and non-inclusive legislation, policy and rhetoric. Learn more about the ‘&’ and get your own pin at glaad.org/together now.

Earlier this month, winners were announced during the two nights of the Creative Arts Emmys presentation. Out choreographer Travis Wall picked up the Emmy in Outstanding Choreography for his work on So You Think You Can Dance. RuPaul’s Drag Race received three trophies, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which featured historical footage of the Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein, who was gay, picked up two awards in Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing. Alexis Bledel won the Emmy in Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of lesbian character Ofglen in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Jane Lynch (Dropping the Soap) took home the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.

Congrats to the winners!