Queer Performances We Think Deserve Emmy Nominations This Year

Just give the Emmy to Billy Porter already.

Nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced today, Thursday, July 12, and in this era of peak TV there are far too many great shows for all of them to get a nod.

But, below is a list of queer series and actors we would love to see get some love from the Television Academy on Thursday morning.

  1. The actors of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story


    Sarah Paulson won an Emmy for her work as Marcia Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson, the first season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, and hopefully voters will give some love to the cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, who gave some of the best performances of the year. Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Judith Light, and Cody Fern stood out in the cast, but it was Darren Criss who delivered every single episode as Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan.

  2. Queer Eye

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    The original won an Emmy back in 2004 for Outstanding Reality Program, and the popular Netflix reboot will hopefully follow in its footsteps this year. Can you imagine Jonathan Van Ness’ acceptance speech?

  3. The cast of Will & Grace

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    When it was announced that after 11 years Will & Grace would be returning to our TVs fans were skeptical to say the least, but the show’s writers hit one out of the park, delivering a solid season that made us feel like Jack, Karen and the gang never left. All of the actors are outstanding, but if we had to choose we would put our money on Megan Mullally, who not only delivered biting quips as Karen, but also brought us to tears when she had to say goodbye to her longtime maid, Rosario.

  4. RuPaul’s Drag Race

    Ru has taken home two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Series Host, but the olympics of drag lost out to The Voice last year for Outstanding Reality Series. Hopefully that will change with this year’s back-to-back seasons of the show that should win just for giving the world Miss Vanjie.

  5. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette  

    The out comedian’s buzzy Netflix comedy special has everyone talking, and hopefully the Television Academy has been listening because it has already gone down as the most talked-about hour of comedy this year.

  6. Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch

    Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom is the best part of the dark Archie Comics adaptation on The CW, and her budding romance with bisexual Toni Topaz had the fandom screaming during the stellar second season.

  7. Daniel Levy on Schitt’s Creek

    Does anyone on television give better reaction shots?

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever."