Is This Year's Emmys The Queerest Ever?

Noms include Billy Eichner, Ellen Page and Barb from "Stranger Things," to name just a few.

This week's Primetime Emmy nomination news was filled with headlines like Westworld and Saturday Night Live tying with the most nominations—22 each—or how Netflix's hit Stranger Things received 18 nods for its first Emmys outing.


General view of the setting at the 68th Emmy Nominations Announcement at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California, on July 14, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Buried beneath the headlines about the number of nominations HBO and Netflix racked up, there were a surprising number of LGBT performers and series showrunners nominated for the most prestigious award in television.

Scroll through below to see a list of nominees that might make this year's Emmys the most queer yet.

Lily Tomlin

This marks Tomlin's third nomination for role on Netflix's Grace and Frankie. What makes this year special is that her co-star Jane Fonda was finally recognized for her comedic work on the series, also getting a nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy.

Tituss Burgess

Burgess has now been nominated three years for his role as Titus, Kimmy's flamboyant roommate on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Maybe this will finally be his year to take home the gold?

Ryan Murphy


Last year his People vs. O.J. Simpson swept the Emmys winning Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress, among others. This year the prolific showrunner returns with Feud, which was nominated for 18 Emmys—including a nomination each for his two leading ladies, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

Laverne Cox

Cox received her second nomination for playing Sophia on Orange is the New Black. She has tough competition this year with actresses from The Americans, The Leftovers, and The Handmaid's Tale also competing for the Best Guest Actress trophy.

Evan Rachel Wood


The outspoken bisexual actress received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series for her role as Dolores the android on Westworld.

Ellen Page

In her Viceland docuseries, Gaycation, Page and her co-host Ian Daniel traveled around the world to see how queer people live in places like India and Brazil and also devoted episodes to handling tough subjects like the Pulse nightclub massacre. Gaycation has now been nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

BD Wong

The Jurassic World actor received his first Primetime Emmy nomination this year for his guest role on Mr. Robot on USA.

Wanda Sykes


Her recurring role as advertising agency owner Daphne Lido on ABC's Black-ish earned Sykes a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The last time she won an Emmy was back in 1999 for writing on a Chris Rock comedy special.

Billy Eichner

He might not have a GLAAD Award, but Eichner was finally nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his Billy on the Street episode featuring Michelle Obama and Big Bird.

Samira Wiley


Another Orange is the New Black alum wasn't nominated for her character in the Netflix series, but for her supporting role on Hulu's critically acclaimed freshman hit, The Handmaid's Tale. The Hulu series struck a chord with the Television Academy who nominated it for 13 awards this year.

Lena Waithe


The Master of None actress was nominated for co-writing her coming out episode, "Thanksgiving," in the Netflix series' second season.

Kate McKinnon

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Kate McKinnon poses in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

The one-woman SNL powerhouse won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series last year and could pull a back-to-back win for her many characters on SNL, including her exaggerated portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

Shannon Purser

Stranger Things/Netflix

The bisexual actress was a fan favorite on Stranger Things, even if she's not returning for Season Two, will there finally be #JusticeForBarb at this year's Emmys?


Amazon Studios

The Amazon series was nominated for three acting Emmys this year, including Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light—who should win for her Alanis Morrissette musical number alone.

Modern Family

The sitcom hasn't won Outstanding Comedy Series since 2014, and the show that was once showered with Emmys only walked away with two nominations this year—one for Comedy Series and one for Ty Burrell.

RuPaul's Drag Race

After RuPaul's win last year for Outstanding Reality Host, the "Olympics of Drag" returned this year with an astonishing eight nominations including Outstanding Reality Competition Program and another host nomination for Ru. Untucked was even nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

The 69th Primetime Emmys will air Sept 17 on CBS.

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