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Emmy nominations highlight several LGBT actors and allies

The Television Academy has released its nominees for the 68th Emmy Awards with a diverse representation of actors.

Many of the nominations went to two pioneering shows – Transparent and Her Story – featuring transgender actors, writers and directors.

The hit Amazon show Transparent, which follows the transition and story of a transgender mother, received 10 nominations. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman were all nominated, as was the show’s creator Jill Soloway.

Her Story, a groundbreaking YouTube series that tells the story of several transgender and queer women, was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series.

On Twitter, the show posted a video of series co-creator and star Laura Zak and actor Fawzia Mirza when they discovered the nomination on the Emmy website Thursday morning.

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Out comic Tig Notaro was nominated for Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted in the category of Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.

RuPaul’s Drag Race was nominated for Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program and the show’s host and creator, RuPaul, was nominated for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.

Lesbian comedy legend Lily Tomlin was nominated for her role in Grace and Frankie, Kate McKinnon for SNL, and Sarah Paulson, who’s nominated twice – lead actress in a limited series for The People vs. OJ Simpson and supporting actress in a limited series for American Horror Story: Hotel.

Tituss Burgess scored his second nomination for best supporting actor and actress Ellen Page got her first Emmy nod as an executive producer of the Viceland series Gaycation With Ellen Page.

You can see the full list of nominees for the Emmys, which will be presented on 18 September, here.

 

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