The nominees for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards have been announced and they feature a number of LGBT performances across several categories.
Here is a list of the television series featuring either LGBT characters or storylines that have been nominated in 2017.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
This American-made television series, by Bruce Miller, is based on the similarly titled novel, written in 1985, by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
Set in the near future the plot of the Hulu series revolves around a totalitarian government, Gilead, which has established rule in post-civil war America. In this narrative society have new social classes in which women rights are completely obsolete. In this society women not allowed to work, or control money, or even read. Those that are fertile, named handmaids, are conscripted and assigned to various homes in order to procreate under severely decrepit methods.
The series’ treatment of LGBT rights has been especially prominent for in this new world being gay is not acceptable and is, in fact, punishable by death. It is the portrayal of the LGBT characters within the narrative of the series, which starkly illustrates the treatment of LGBT people in some parts of the world.
Amongst others, the series stars Elisabeth Moss, as June Osborne/Offred, Alexis Bledel as Emily/Ofglen and Samira Wiley as Moira.
This Is Us – Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
The NBC series, created by Dan Fogelman, follows the lives of three siblings, the connections and how simultaneously different and alike their lives are.
The series, which stars Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, and Many Moore, has recently been praised for its normalization of LGBT characters. It is certainly a refreshing and much-needed trope on television given that many LGBT characters and storylines are either embellished, clichéd or under-developed.
Modern Family – Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series
It has been eight years since television viewers were first introduced to the smorgasbord of characters that made up the heart of ABC’s comedy Modern Family.
The series revolves around three different, interrelated families, including a same-sex couple. The first season of the series was met with critical acclaim and celebrated for its inclusiveness and representation of all types of families and characters.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series
The series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt. The narrative follows Kimmy as she attempts to adjust to life in New York City. Kimmy has a affectionately flamboyant gay roommate known as Titus Andromedon. Tituss Burgess, who portrays the outspoken Andromedon, says that the character doesn’t hold back when it comes to being himself and feels like the character embraces his confidence despite his insecurities.
Transparent – Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series
The story of Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor, centers around the story of a family that discovers their father is transgender.
The series narrative and character development was well received and celebrated for its “sincere dedication to the human journey”. The accomplished series details the transformation of Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) from a man to a woman (Maura) and the interplay with her three children.