LGBTQ nominees set to take center stage at Monday night's 70th Emmys!

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards mark a banner year for LGBTQ talent at the awards show. Ten out actors have been nominated across acting categories, and LGBTQ-inclusive television has been nominated across the board in comedy, drama, reality, and limited series categories. In addition to several LGBTQ wins at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, we can’t wait to see who takes home the trophies Monday night.  

“This year’s nominees ensure that the 70th Annual Emmy Awards will be a watershed occasion for LGBTQ representation on television," said Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs at GLAAD. “Out actors and creators like Samira Wiley, Sarah Paulson, Lily Tomlin, and Evan Rachel Wood will shine alongside LGBTQ-inclusive scripted programming and LGBTQ-focused shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul's Drag Race, reflecting the growing power and diversity in LGBTQ stories in Hollywood.”

GLAAD's team will be attending the ceremony and covering the event from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Be sure to follow along on our Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the ceremony.

LGBTQ talent up for major awards on Monday includes Lily Tomlin for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Grace and Frankie, Evan Rachel Wood for Lead Actress in a Drama Series on Westworld, and Sarah Paulson for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Cult. Out actors Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon, and Ricky Martin were nominated in supporting categories; Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, McKinnon for Saturday Night Live, and Martin for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Gianni Versace itself is nominated for Limited Series, as well as being up for several other awards which includes out creator Ryan Murphy for Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. Also nominated in Limited Series is Netflix’s Godless. Several LGBTQ-inclusive series were nominated including This is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale for Outstanding Drama Series, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in Comedy Series. Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race are both nominees in Reality-Competition Series.

Several actors were nominated for playing queer roles this year including Tatiana Maslany (Lead Acress in a Drama Series) for playing lesbian clone Cosima among many others in Orphan Black; Darren Criss (Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie) and Edgar Ramirez (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie) for the gay roles of Andrew Cunanan and Gianni Versace in Gianni Versace; Alexis Bledel (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) for playing Emily on The Handmaid's Tale; and Merritt Weaver (Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie) for the role of Mary Agnes in Godless. 

Last weekend, several awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys, including 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 four Emmys, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program for RuPaul Charles.

On Saturday, FXX will air an edited version of this past weekend's Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies. Tune in at 8pm to catch speeches from some of your favorites.The 70th Annual Emmy Awards air live on Monday, September 17 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

With so many Emmys already awarded to LGBTQ excellence in television, we can’t wait to see who takes home prizes on Monday. Follow along with GLAAD on Twitter and Instagram, and let us know who you’re rooting for!