GLAAD celebrates LGBTQ-inclusive wins at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards took place Monday night at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Ryan Murphy, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and RuPaul’s Drag Race's wins were the highlights of the evening, as well as seeing several queer presenters on stage including Samira Wiley, Sarah Paulson, Hannah Gadsby, and the cast of Queer Eye.

The opening number for the show was a tongue-in-cheek nod to the need for more diversity in television and included queer actors (and nominees) Kate McKinnon, Tituss Burgess, Ricky Martin, and RuPaul Charles.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story had a banner night, winning three of the major awards at the ceremony. The series won Outstanding Limited Series or Movie, and out creator Ryan Murphy dedicated the award to LGBTQ people, and raising awareness of hate crimes against them. “One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be a victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them.”

Emmy Congrats Ryan MurphyMurphy also received the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for his work on Gianni Versace. Murphy thanked all those working on the show, with a special shout out to the women in his life. Another huge win for Versace was Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie awarded to Darren Criss for the gay role of Andrew Cunanan.

RuPaul’s Drag Race took home the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program for its tenth season. Accepting the award on stage, RuPaul gave his signature sign off, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” It’s the fifth Emmy for Drag Race this year alone, and the first time the show has won in this category.

Early on in the night, Merritt Wever won the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for playing the queer role of Mary Agnes on GLAAD Media Award-nominated series Godless.

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Legendary gay producer Craig Zadan was featured in this year’s “In Memoriam.” As well as his exceptional work on Broadway, Zadan produced many television specials, including the Academy Awards and several live musicals.

Out talent that presented awards tonight included RuPaul, Samira Wiley, Sarah Paulson, Queer Eye's "Fab Five," Abbi Jacobson, Kate McKinnon, and comedian Hannah Gadsby. Gadsby's speech referenced her brilliant Netflix special Nanette, as she joked about how she is not a fan of men: “not all men, just most men.” Queer Eye's “Fab Five” (Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness) joked about how their skills could improve the lives of all the Lead Actors in a Drama Series. 

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Last weekend, several awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys and included several LGBTQ victories. History was made when out trans filmmaker Yance Ford took home the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking trophy for his Netflix documentary Strong Island. Out actress and Vito Russo Award recipient, Samira Wiley, won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series, for playing lesbian character Moira on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, while Ron Cephas Jones won Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama for playing bisexual character William on This Is Us. 

Netflix's hit reality reboot Queer Eye took home the prize for Outstanding Structured Reality Series, as well as Casting and Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program. RuPaul’s Drag Race took home five Emmys overall, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for RuPaul.