VOTE NOW in Autostraddle’s Inaugural Gay Emmys!

The Primetime Emmy Awards are headed our way on September 17, with a record number of queer women nominated (and a very solid number of straight women who play queer characters nominated). We’re excited for them! We’re even going to liveblog it! But we’re also aware that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — like Hollywood itself, and mainstream TV criticism — continues to be dominated by a voting block of mostly straight white men. So, for the first time ever, we’ve decided to host our own Autostraddle TV Awards to coincide with the Emmys. For our awards, unless otherwise indicated by the name of the category, only shows with LGBTQ+ women characters can earn nominations!!

Here’s how it works: Over the last few weeks our TV Team nominated and voted on shows and actors and characters and creatives in the 20 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, and your votes will be combined with the TV Team’s votes to choose the winner! We’ve also chosen five fan-favorite categories over which you have total control. Your winners are the winners!

To choose our nominees, we abided by official Emmys rules. That means shows must have occurred between June 2017 and May 2018 (otherwise known as Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Winter/Spring 2018). Two-thirds of the show’s episodes must have aired within that time period. That’s why you don’t see Harlots, Humans, Vida or Pose nominated, for example; they’ll be eligible to dominate next year’s awards. Similarly, we’re talking about last summer’s seasons of G.L.O.W., The Bold Type, and Orange is the New Black; not this summer’s. Sense8′s final season aired prior to last year’s cutoff, and the finale movie, which we’re not sure even counts, would be eligible next year, not this one.

Here is your official ballot!

Voting ends on September 11, 2018 at 5:00 EST and winners will be announced on September 12!

Outstanding Comedy Series

One Day at a Time

Fresh Off The Boat

Jane the Virgin

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One Mississippi

Broad City

Outstanding Drama Series


Killing Eve

How to Get Away with Murder


Everything Sucks!

Halt and Catch Fire

Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series

Black Lightning

Orphan Black

Marvel’s Runaways

Wynonna Earp

Legends of Tomorrow

Jessica Jones

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

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Aisha Dee, The Bold Type

Sherri Saum, The Fosters

Judith Light, Transparent

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

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Nikohl Boosheri, The Bold Type

Sara Ramirez, Madam Secretary

Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale

Kimiko Glenn, Orange is the New Black

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

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

Isabella Gomez, One Day at a Time

Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Yael Grobglas, Jane the Virgin

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Ilana Glazer, Broad City

Tig Notaro, One Mississippi

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

Rosario Dawson, Jane the Virgin

Yara Martinez, Jane the Virgin

Luna Blaise, Fresh Off the Boat

Sheridan Pierce, One Day at a Time

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Isidora Goreshter, Shameless

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

Nafessa Williams, Black Lightning

Lyrica Okano, Marvel’s Runaways

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Chyler Leigh, Supergirl

Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Wynonna Earp

Caity Lotz, Legends of Tomorrow

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

Floriana Lima, Supergirl

Jes Macallan, Legends of Tomorrow

Katherine Barrell, Wynonna Earp

Sara Serraiocco, Counterpart

Mayko Nguyen, Killjoys

Carrie Anne-Moss, Jessica Jones

Outstanding Performance by a Straight Actress in a Straight Role

Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Justina Machado, One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time

Issa Rae, Insecure

Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “Game Night

Fresh Off the Boat, “A League of Her Own

Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Seventy-Four

Madam Secretary, “Refuge

One Day at a Time, “Locked Down

High Maintenance, “Scromple”

Best Coming Out Story

Rosa Diaz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Nicole Ellis, Fresh Off the Boat

Kate Messner, Everything Sucks

Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale

Ali Pfefferman, Transparent

Kat Edison, The Bold Type

Outstanding Performance by an Out LGBTQ+ Actress in a Comedy

Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Tig Notaro, One Mississippi

Abbi Jacobson, Broad City

Rosie O’Donnell, SMILF

Kiersey Clemons, Easy

Outstanding Performance by an LGBTQ+ Actress in a Drama

Sara Ramirez, Madam Secretary

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar

Alexandra Billings, Transparent

Laverne Cox, Doubt

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

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

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Tessa Thompson, Westworld

Ariela Barer, Marvel’s Runaways

Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Legends of Tomorrow

Aubrey Plaza, Legion

Gillian Anderson, The X-Files

Outstanding LGBTQ+ Director / Producer / Showrunner

Lena Waithe, The Chi

Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe

Nahnatchka Khan, Fresh Off the Boat

Joanna Johnson, The Fosters

Katja Blichfeld, High Maintenance

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Take My Wife

Most Groundbreaking Representation

One Day at a Time

Steven Universe

Take My Wife

Black Lightning

You Me Her


Outstanding Male Character

This category might surprise you! But here’s the deal: generally speaking, we tend to resent the involvement of cis male characters in television programs, which should only ever be about LGBTQ+ women and other trans people, obviously. Every now and then though, a man comes along who we collectively do not hate! In fact, we find ourselves… liking this man! Here we celebrate the few, the brave, the mighty.

Rogelio, Jane the Virgin

Evan Huang, Fresh Off the Boat

Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, S.W.A.T.

Captain Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning

Lincoln Rice, Broad City

Outstanding Animated Series

Steven Universe

Adventure Time

Danger and Eggs

Loud House

Outstanding Hairstyling for an LGBTQ+ Character

Sara Ramirez, Madam Secretary

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, Take My Wife

Nafessa Williams, Black Lightning

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Sherri Saum, The Fosters

Lyrica Okano, Marvel’s Runaways

Fan Favorite Categories

Fan Favorite Couple

Kat and Adena, The Bold Type // Nico and Karolina, Marvel’s Runaways // Waverly and Nicole, Wynonna Earp // Anissa and Grace, Black Lightning // Stef and Lena, The Fosters // Toni and Cheryl, Riverdale // Sara and Ava, Legends of Tomorrow // Elena and Syd, One Day at a Time // Tig and Kate, One Mississippi // Petra and JR, Jane the Virgin // Kate and Emaline, Everything Sucks // Alex and Maggie, Supergirl // Cosima and Delphine, Orphan Black // Alex and Piper, Orange Is the New Black // Ruby and Sapphire, Steven Universe // Keelin and Freeya, The Originals

Fan Favorite Out LGBTQ Actor

Stephanie Beatriz (Rosa Diaz, Brooklyn 99) // Lily Tomlin (Frankie, Grace & Frankie) // Rosie O’Donnell (Tutu, SMILF) // Tig Notaro (Tig, One Mississippi) // Kiersey Clemons (Chase, Easy) // Lea Delaria (Big Boo, Orange is the New Black) // Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) // Sara Ramirez (Kat Sandoval, Madam Secretary) // Samira Wiley (Moira, The Handmaid’s Tale) // Rutina Wesley (Nova Bordelon, Queen Sugar) // Sarah Paulson (Lana Winters, American Horror Story: Cult) // Holland Taylor (Ida Silver, Mrs. Mercedes) // Cherry Jones (Holly, The Handmaid’s Tale) // Alexandra Billings, (Davina, Transparent) // Laverne Cox (Cameron, Doubt) // Ali Liebert (Nickole, Ten Days in the Valley) // Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores, Westworld) // Tessa Thompson (Charlotte, Westworld) // Ariela Barer (Gert, Marvel’s Runaways) // Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Amaya, Legends of Tomorrow) // Emily Tarver (CO McCullough, Orange is the New Black) // Emily Rios (Lucia, Snowfall) // Fiona Shaw (Carolyn, Killing Eve) // Gillian Anderson (Scully, The X-Files) // Alia Shawkat (Dory, Search Party) // Wanda Sykes (Daphne, Black-ish) // Natalie Morales (Anne, Santa Clarita Diet) // Abbi Jacobson (Abbi, Broad City) // Emily Tarver (CO McCullough, Orange is the New Black), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) // Kate Moennig (Lena, Ray Donovan) // Rhea Butcher (Rhea, Take My Wife) // Cameron Esposito (Cameron, Take My Wife) // Zoie Palmer (The Android, Dark Matter) // Anna Paquin (Annie, Bellevue)

Most Devastating Cancellation

Everything Sucks! // One Mississippi // Take My Wife // The Imposters // The Arrangement  // Life Sentence // Famous in Love // Rosewood // Dark Matter // Gypsy // Survivor’s Remorse // Halt and Catch Fire

Fan Favorite New Show

Marvel’s Runaways // 9-1-1 // Black Lightning // Counterpart // Collateral // The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel // G.L.O.W. // Mindhunter // The Bold Type // Killing Eve // Grown-ish

Fan Favorite Character

Annalise Keating, How to Get Away with Murder // Eve, Killing Eve // Villanelle, Killing Eve // Kat, The Bold Type // Adena, The Bold Type // Stef, The Fosters // Lena, The Fosters // Toni, Riverdale // Cheryl, Riverdale // Elena, One Day at a Time // Rosa, Brooklyn Nine-Nine // Petra, Jane the Virgin // JR, Jane the Virgin // Eleanor, The Good Place // Tig, One Mississippi // Nicole, Fresh Off the Boat // Anissa, Black Lightning  // Cosima, Orphan Black // Niko, Marvel’s Runaways // Waverly, Wynonna Earp // Nicole, Wynonna Earp // Alex, Supergirl // Sara, Legends of Tomorrow // Kate, Everything Sucks // Emaline, Everything Sucks // M-Chuck, Survivor’s Remorse // Baldwin, The Counterpart // Izzie, You Me Her // Emma, You Me Her // Simone, Star // Soso, Orange is the New Black // Suzanne, Orange is the New Black // Big Boo, Orange is the New Black // Nova, Queen Sugar // Chris, S.W.A.T. // Ilana, Broad City // Wendy, Mindhunter // Nola, She’s Gotta Have It // Hen, 9-1-1 // Freya, The Originals // Keelin, The Originals // Sophia, Orange is the New Black

Here is your official ballot!

Voting ends on September 11, 2018 at 5:00 EST and winners will be announced on September 12!

The Autostraddle TV Team is made up of Riese Bernard, Carmen Phillips, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Valerie Anne, Natalie, Drew Gregory, and Heather Hogan. Follow them on Twitter!

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  1. This was actually easier than I thought it would be – the inclusion of Orphan Black from 2017 sort of made it easier because it basically won every category it was nominated in, for me at least.

    But then I got to the hair question, and holy crap, how am I supposed to choose between Sara Ramirez and Sandra Oh?!

    I am so much more excited for the Autostraddle Emmys than for the real ones – thank you for putting so much time and effort into this!

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