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Queerest. Emmys. Ever: A Recap

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The 68th annual Emmy Awards saw some major victories for the LGBT commnunity. 

The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards had easily the most diverse crop of winners ever, with The People vs. OJ Simpson cleaning up in a lot of the major categories, as well as a number of very pleasant surprises, such as Mr. Robot's Rami Malek and Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany taking home the lead acting awards in the drama category. That being said, it was also a banner year for the gays. So without further ado, let's get down to brasstacks.

The Winners, Baby!

Sarah Paulson, after snatching her first Emmy (finally!) for her turn as Marcia Clark (whom she brought as her date) in The People vs. OJ Simpson, made sure to thank her partner Holland Taylor:

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Kate McKinnon also won her first Emmy--Supporting Actress in a Comedy for basically carrying Saturday Night Live this past season--and she also thanked her significant other:

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And Hill returned the favor:

Jeffrey Tambor picked up his second Lead Actor in a Comedy trophy for his remarkable performance in Transparent. He concluded his acceptance speech with a call for all those in attendance with the power to do so to hire more transgender talent.


Laverne Cox, casually slaying in the audience, wholly approved and echoed Tambor's sentiments later in the night when she took the stage as a presenter.

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Tambor also admitted he would not mind being put out of a job:

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Transparent creator Jill Soloway picked up her second directing Emmy and not only called for an end to violence against trans women but for the revolution to be televised:

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Amen, sister.


I was really pulling for Tituss Burgess to win Supporting Actor for being the sun, moon, and stars on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but if he had to lose to anyone, I'm glad he lost to Louie Anderson for his absolutely sublime, gender-bending performance on Baskets.


While I can support that particular snub, I'm not here for Grease: Live beating out Beyonce's Lemonade for the directing Emmy--not to mention losing the variety category to Carpool Karaoke at the Creative Arts Emmys last week.

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But at least Bey was nominated for the latter, whereas The Wiz Live--arguably the superior live TV musical--was conspicuously missing from the ballot.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy--a record, as well as a reason to impose a limit or an option to opt out--and though I can honestly say she deserved it this year, I'm stil bitter over Lisa Kudrow's snub last year for The Comeback, also known as one of the greatest performances in television history.

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Oh well, no one ever said the Emmys were fair. Though they came pretty close this year. Click here for a full list of winners.

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