Ryan Murphy And RuPaul Among LGBT+ Stars Victorious At Emmy Awards

The ceremony saw massive wins for Hollywood's gay community, as 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and 'American Crime Story' triumph.

The cast of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' accepting their award at the Emmy Awards.
Image: Instagram: @rupaulsdragrace

Last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards saw television’s LGBT+ stars celebrated at the ceremony in Los Angeles. RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ryan Murphy were among Hollywood’s biggest and brightest honoured.

Ryan Murphy picked up three of the biggest prizes for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The gay producer took home the award for Best Limited Series, as well as the Emmy for directing the episode “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”. Former Glee star Darren Criss also won the show an Emmy for his role as Andrew Cunanan as he was honoured with the award for Best Actor in a Limited Series.

Murphy used his acceptance speech to draw attention to the rise in hate crime statistics against the LGBT+ community.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about homophobia, internalised and externalised. One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be the victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them.”

It was also a victorious night for the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The reality drag competition took home a grand total of five Emmy Awards in a night of success.

For the first time in Drag Race “herstory”, the series took home the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Show, beating rivals The Voice and The Amazing Race.

For the third year running, RuPaul won the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality Programme.

The drag artist told the audience:

“We are so happy to present this show. I would like to thank [you] on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.”

Dedicating his prize to “all the dreamers out there”, it would not be a Drag Race acceptance speech without the iconic host working in the show’s best-known catchphrase:

“Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?”

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