Queer community triumph at awards with host of LGBT+ Emmy winners

RuPaul, Hannah Gadsby and 'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy' all featured amongst the champions at the first night of the Emmys.

RuPaul, one of the Emmy winners dressed well holding an award

It was a great night for the LGBT+ television community with queer artists featuring heavily amongst the list of Emmy winners on the first night of the biggest award ceremony in US TV.

The 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards honoured the best artistic and technical talents, including guests actors in TV series and the ever popular reality TV sector.

First up, the Fab Five’s Queer Eye led the Emmy winners bagging four awards including Outstanding Structured Reality Programme. Looks like we can expect another season next year!

Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking Nanette also featured among the Emmy winners, taking home the trophy for Best Writing for a Variety Special, incidentally, beating Beyoncé’s Homecoming. Nominated for four awards, Beyoncé failed to take home a trophy.

Equalling the record set by Jeff Probst from the show Survivor, RuPaul Charles stunned by taking home his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Competition Show. Let’s see if the drag legend gets nominated for any British TV awards when Drag Race UK launches.

Unsurprisingly, Drag Race also took home awards for Outstanding Hairstyling and Costumes. But then again, how could it not?

RuPaul dedicated his own award to the show’s co-executive producer Jacqueline Wilson who passed away less than a week ago.


Another member of the Drag Race family also found success with one of their shows. Fox TV’s live production of Rent, featuring Valentina, won Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special.

Previous Tony Award winner Cherry Jones also got a little closer to EGOT status by taking home the award for Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale.  Jones had previously been nominated the year before for her role as lead character June’s mother.

Jane Lynch took home the Comedy Series guest actress award for her role in The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, beating a host of Saturday Night Live comedians and some of the cast of Fleabag.

September 23rd will see the next night in the Emmy calendar as all the TV big-hitters come out in force hoping to take home a coveted trophy.

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