Here are the amazing Emmy LGBTQ+ nominations we’re rooting for this year

With all the incredible LGBTQ+ talent we've seen on the screen this year, it's no wonder that the Emmy nominations are full of queer faves.

This article is about the LGBTQ+ Emmy nominations. In the photo, a split screen of three shows nominated.

These gays, they’re trying to win Emmys! From fan favourite The White Lotus to many other programs with queer representation, this year’s Emmy nominations are full of LGBTQ+ talent. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the awards ceremony coming in September. 

The Last of Us

Actor Bella Ramsey, who came out as nonbinary this year, is up for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for their role as queer teenager Ellie in HBO’s The Last of Us, a dramatic apocalyptic series that has been praised for its abundance of LGBTQ+ storylines. Also nominated for their guest roles in the series are actor Murray Bartlett and actress Storm Reid, who both played queer characters. And if that wasn’t enough, the show is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series!



American actor Dominque Fishback is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her role in the satirical horror series Swarm. In the show, Fishback portrays the superfan of a pop star willing to do some dark things for the singer’s fandom. 

The White Lotus 

In addition to being in the run for Outstanding Drama Seriesqueer favourite The White Lotus, a black-comedy drama series following rich vacation-goers at a fictional resort, got several other nominations. Bisexual queen Aubrey Plaza is nominated for her role of Harper in the series, while actor Sabrina Impacciatore got a nomination for playing lesbian hotel manager, Valentina. Other LGBTQ+ favourites that will be contending for an Emmy Award include actress Jennifer Coolidge and director Mike White. 


This popular show also features among the nominations for Oustanding Drama Series. The series follows a girl’s soccer team trying to survive in the wilderness after a plane crash. The cast and their characters are at the head of queer representation on television. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race

The drag queen competition is once again nominated for the Outstanding Reality Competition Program award, one it has snatched multiple times over the years. It competes with Survivor, which just crowned its first openly gay winner in 15 years. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked also earned a few nominations this year. 

Fire Island

Inspired by Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, this movie follows a group of gay friends dealing with drama and romance while on vacation at Fire Island. The film got a nomination for Outstanding Television Movie and another one for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie.


This hugely popular TV series earned plenty of nominations this year, but one that stood out to queer fans was lesbian actor Cherry Jones. Her role as Nan Pierce in the series got her a nomination in the Guest Actress in a Drama Series category.

Queer Eye

The incredibly funny reality series Queer Eye earned a nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, while its hosts also got recognition among the Emmy nominees for their work in the show’s seventh season.

These are just a few of the LGBTQ+ nominations at the Emmy Awards this year. For a full list of nominations, check out the official website.

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