Vote Now In Autostraddle’s 4th Annual Gay Emmys

The Primetime Emmy Awards are headed our way this very Sunday on September 19th, which — in the beforetimes — was usually an exciting time of year for Hollywood “insiders,” television critics, and fans everywhere of popcorn popping and yelling at celebrities while sitting on your couch in your pajamas.

Of course, the last 18 months have been anything but normal — not for any of us, and as it relates to this specific contest, not for the television industry. There’s been prematurely truncated seasons, retroactive cancellations and strange pivots and long production delays. While network and cable tv kept trying to adjust to the sky falling, streaming networks responded by erratically churned out new content seemingly without rhyme or reason. And arguably none of us have ever spent more time at home in front of a television! There’s been weekend mini-binges of new shows we’ve never never heard and multi-season comfort re-watches, and finally, in the last six months, long anticipated returns of our favorites.

And while the Emmys may not be delivered from home this year (Do you remember last year when they literally chucked Emmys at the winners from behind hazmat suits? #NeverForget), it’s certainly not “back to normal.” Though some things do remain the same! We began the Gay Emmys to celebrate the sheer breadth and quality of queer television that’s available to us now, in larger quantities than ever before. We know the talent is out there, even if the Television Academy still overwhelming follows the whims of mostly straight white cis men. And so our annual queer tradition — now in its fourth year! A marvel! — was born.

How it Works: Over the last few weeks our TV Team of queer critics nominated and voted on shows and actors and characters and creatives in the 21 categories you see below. These official nominees are the top six vote-getters in every category. Now you get to weigh in! Every Autostraddle reader is eligible to vote once in each category. Your votes will be combined with the TV Team’s votes to choose the winner! We’ve also chosen three fan-favorite categories over which you have total control. Your winners are the winners!

To choose our nominees, we abided by official Emmys rules for timing.That means shows must have occurred between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. The majority of the show’s episodes must have aired within that time period.

Here is your official ballot!

Voting ends on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at 5:30 EST and winners will be announced on Thursday September 16!


And the Nominees Are…

Outstanding Comedy Series

Stills from nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series, left to right: Girls 5Eva, Dickinson, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Teenage Bounty Hunters, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love, Hacks

Girls5Eva
Dickinson
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Teenage Bounty Hunters
Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
Hacks

Outstanding Drama Series

Still of Nominees for Outstanding Drama Series: P-Valley, Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Wilds, Veneno, Pose

P-Valley
Killing Eve
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Wilds
Veneno
Pose

Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: Legends of Tomorrow, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Batwoman, Wynonna Earp, Supergirl, Star Trek: Discovery

Legends of Tomorrow
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Batwoman
Wynonna Earp
Supergirl
Star Trek: Discovery

Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Drama Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Drama Series: Mj Rodriguez as Blanca Evangelista, Pose; Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria; Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop, Station 19; Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria; Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, Ratched; Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford, P-Valley

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca Evangelista, Pose
Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria
Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop, Station 19
Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria
Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, Ratched
Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford, P-Valley

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Drama Series: Daniela Santiago as Veneno, Veneno; Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Ratched; Angourie Rice as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare of Easttown; Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca, Station 19; Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, The Handmaid’s Tale; Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance Evangelista Wintour, Pose

Daniela Santiago as Veneno, Veneno
Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Ratched
Angourie Rice as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare of Easttown
Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca, Station 19
Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, The Handmaid’s Tale
Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance Evangelista Wintour, Pose

Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Comedy Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Comedy Series: Haley Sanchez as Greta Moreno, Genera+ion; Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, Dickinson; Chase Sui Wonders as Riley Luo, Genera+ion; Paula Pell as Gloria, Girls 5Eva; Naomi Ackie as Alicia, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love; Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks

Haley Sanchez as Greta Moreno, Genera+ion
Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, Dickinson
Chase Sui Wonders as Riley Luo, Genera+ion
Paula Pell as Gloria, Girls 5Eva
Naomi Ackie as Alicia, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Comedy Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Comedy Series: Lolly Adefope as Fran, Shrill; Ella Hunt as Susan Gilbert, Dickinson; Cole Escola as Chip Wreck, Search Party; Sasheer Zamata as Denise, Home Economics; Patti Harrison as Ruthie, Shrill; Nava Mau as Ana, Genera+ion

Lolly Adefope as Fran, Shrill
Ella Hunt as Susan Gilbert, Dickinson
Cole Escola as Chip Wreck, Search Party
Sasheer Zamata as Denise, Home Economics
Patti Harrison as Ruthie, Shrill
Nava Mau as Ana, Genera+ion

Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Sci-Fi Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Sci-Fi Series: Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman; Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Waverly Earp, Wynonna Earp; Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl; Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton, The Haunting of Bly Manor; Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning; Kat Barrell as Nicole Haught, Wynonna Earp

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman
Dom Provost-Chalkley as Waverly Earp, Wynonna Earp
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl
Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton, The Haunting of Bly Manor
Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning
Kat Barrell as Nicole Haught, Wynonna Earp

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Sci-Fi Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Sci-Fi Series: Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi, Black Lightning; Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal, Star Trek: Discovery; Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Supergirl; Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, Supergirl; Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Batwoman; Lachlan Watson as Theo Putnam, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi, Black Lightning
Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal, Star Trek: Discovery
Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Supergirl
Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, Supergirl
Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Batwoman
Lachlan Watson as Theo Putnam, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Outstanding Performance by a Straight Actress in a Straight Role

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Straight Actress in a Straight Role: Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness, WandaVision; Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welton, Ted Lasso; Brandee Evans as Mercedes, P-Valley; Punam Patel as Kim, Shrill; Renee Elise Goldsberry as Wickie Roy, Girls5Eva; Michaela Coel as Arabella, I May Destroy You

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness, WandaVision
Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welton, Ted Lasso
Brandee Evans as Mercedes, P-Valley
Punam Patel as Kim Laghari, Special
Renee Elise Goldsberry as Wickie Roy, Girls5Eva
Michaela Coel as Arabella, I May Destroy You

Outstanding Cis Male Character

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Cis Male Character: Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent, Ted Lasso; Billy Porter as Pray Tell, Pose; Angel Bismark Curiel as Esteban "Lil Papi" Evangelista, Pose; Toheeb Jimoh as Sam Obisanya, Ted Lasso; Justice Smith as Chester Morris, Genera+ion; Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, Ted Lasso

Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent, Ted Lasso
Billy Porter as Pray Tell, Pose
Angel Bismark Curiel as Esteban “Lil Papi” Evangelista, Pose
Toheeb Jimoh as Sam Obisanya, Ted Lasso
Justice Smith as Chester Morris, Genera+ion
Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, Ted Lasso

Santana Lopez Legacy Award For Outstanding Queer Teen Character

Stills of nominees for Santana Lopez Legacy Award For Outstanding Queer Teen Character: Eris Baker as Tess Pearson, This Is Us; Chase Sui Wonders as Riley Luo, Genera+ion; Bre-z as Tamia "Coop" Cooper, All American; Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria; Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria; Haley Sanchez as Greta Moreno, Genera+ion

Eris Baker as Tess Pearson, This Is Us
Chase Sui Wonders as Riley Luo, Genera+ion
Bre-z as Tamia “Coop” Cooper, All American
Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria
Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria
Haley Sanchez as Greta Moreno, Genera+ion

Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes

Stills of nominees for Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes: “Cease and Desist,” Girls5Eva; “CLICK WHIRR," Genera+ion "Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob," Euphoria; “The Trunk," Pose; “Chapter 4" (the pregnancy episode), Masters of None: Moments in Love; “Something Borrowed," Harley Quinn

“Cease and Desist,” Girls5Eva
“CLICK WHIRR,” Genera+ion
“Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob,” Euphoria
“The Trunk,” Pose
“Chapter 4” (the pregnancy episode), Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
“Something Borrowed,” Harley Quinn

Outstanding Performance by an Out LGBTQ+ Actor in a Comedy

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Out LGBTQ+ Actor in a Comedy: Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks; Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live; Cole Escola as Chip Wreck, Search Party; Wanda Sykes as Lucretia Turner, The Upshaws; Paula Pell as Gloria, Girls 5Eva; Humberly González as Sophie Sanchez, Ginny & Georgia

Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cole Escola as Chip Wreck, Search Party
Wanda Sykes as Lucretia Turner, The Upshaws
Paula Pell as Gloria, Girls 5Eva
Humberly González as Sophie Sanchez, Ginny & Georgia

Outstanding Performance by an LGBTQ+ Actor in a Drama

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Performance by an LGBTQ+ Actor in a Drama: Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, The Crown; Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, The Crown; Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance Evangelista Wintour, Pose; Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, The Handmaid’s Tale; Mj Rodriguez as Blanca Evangelista, Pose; Lola Rodriguez as Valeria Vegas, Veneno

Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, The Crown
Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, The Crown
Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance Evangelista Wintour, Pose
Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mj Rodriguez as Blanca Evangelista, Pose
Lola Rodriguez as Valeria Vegas, Veneno

Outstanding LGBTQ+ Actor in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show

Stills of nominees for Outstanding LGBTQ+ Actor in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl; Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi, Black Lightning; Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal, Star Trek: Discovery; T’Nia Miller as Hannah Grose, The Haunting of Bly Manor; Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman; Dominique Provost-Chalkley in Wynonna Earp

Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl
Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi, Black Lightning
Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal, Star Trek: Discovery
T’Nia Miller as Hannah Grose, The Haunting of Bly Manor
Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman
Dom Provost-Chalkley as Waverly Earp, Wynonna Earp

Outstanding LGBTQ+ Director / Writer  / Showrunner

Stills of nominees for Outstanding LGBTQ+ Director / Writer  / Showrunner: Hunter Schafer, writer, Euphoria (“Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob”); Ashley Nicole Black and Lauren Ashley Smith, writers, A Black Lady Sketch Show; Emily Andras, showrunner, Wynonna Earp; Janet Mock, director, Pose ("Take Me to Church”); Lena Waithe, writer, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love; Tina Mabry, director, Pose ("The Trunk")

Hunter Schafer, writer, Euphoria (“Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob”)
Ashley Nicole Black and Lauren Ashley Smith, writers, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Emily Andras, showrunner, Wynonna Earp
Janet Mock, director, Pose (“Take Me to Church”)
Lena Waithe, writer, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
Tina Mabry, director, Pose (“The Trunk”)

Most Groundbreaking Representation (Show)

Stills of nominees for Most Groundbreaking Representation (Show): P-Valley; Master of None Presents: Moments in Love; Genera+ion; Veneno; Special; Pose

P-Valley
Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
Genera+ion
Veneno
Special
Pose

Outstanding Animated Series

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Animated Series: Harley Quinn; Blues Clues; Adventure Time: Distant Lands — Obsidian; The Owl House; One Day at a Time ("The Politics Episode”); Magical Girl Friendship Squad

Harley Quinn
Blues Clues
Adventure Time: Distant Lands — Obsidian
The Owl House
One Day at a Time (“The Politics Episode”)
Magical Girl Friendship Squad

Outstanding Hairstyling for an LGBTQ+ Character

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Hairstyling for an LGBTQ+ Character: Veneno, Veneno; Angel Evangelista, Pose; Sophie Moore, Batwoman; Denise, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love; Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, Ratched; Alex Danvers, Supergirl

Veneno, Veneno
Angel Evangelista, Pose
Sophie Moore, Batwoman
Denise, Master of None Presents: Moments in Love
Nurse Ratched, Ratched
Alex Danvers, Supergirl

Outstanding Costume Design for a Show With LGBTQ+ Characters

Stills of nominees for Outstanding Costume Design for a Show With LGBTQ+ Characters: Genera+ion; Dickinson; Batwoman; Ratched; Pose; Master of None Presents: Moments in Love

Genera+ion
Dickinson
Batwoman
Ratched
Pose
Master of None Presents: Moments in Love


Plus there are THREE FAN FAVORITE CATEGORIES —Fan Favorite Couples, Fan Favorite Out Queer Actor, and Fan Favorite Character. You will find them on the ballot when you…

VOTE NOW IN THE AUTOSTRADDLE 4th ANNUAL GAY EMMYS!

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23 Comments

  1. This is awesome!!! Danielle Savre and Stefania Spampinato of Station19 as Maya Bishop and Carina de Luca are nominated this year🤩😍 perfect !!! They are amazing!!! Their chemistry are insane🤗 #MARINA nation let’s do it!!! Let’s vote!!! Join forces again!!! And we can possibly make it!!! Lets go!!!🙌🏻🗣🙏💪🏻🥰

  2. Hi! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that Dom Provost-Chalkley came out as non-binary on an Instagram post last month and signed off as “Dom (they/them),” as well as updated their bio to include this info.

    Their twitter/wikipedia isn’t updated, but they’ve never been super Online. Anyway I don’t know if this is a deadname situation or not, since it was an existing nickname, but I thought I’d point it out in case.

  3. Ummm moonbear as honeybear in Betty for best skateboarding in pasties. Tuca in the cartoon tuca and bertie for best bisexual who is only dating women lately. And of course blitzø in the cartoon helluva boss for most upfront about a casual relationship. Oglaf for best webcomic featuring sexual situations, especially the slutvirus episode.

  4. I can mostly only vote from hoe enthusiastic of the show you are on autostraddle.
    or how much i like the actress…. Cause a lot of the shows arent avaiable on germany .
    and the few that are avaiable on netflix germany( no hulu or hbo here)i cannot see cause i dont have an account.
    Luckily our library is very well staffed.

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