Vote Now in the 2022 Autostraddle TV Awards!

Since 2018, Autostraddle’s TV Team has hosted what we previously called the Autostraddle Gay Emmys. The name, a cheeky queering of the Primetime Emmy Awards, reflected one of the core goals of the project, which was to recognize, celebrate, and evaluate television shows, episodes, writers, makers, and performers who might otherwise be overlooked by a mainstream institution like the Emmys. This year, we head into the project with the same goal but a fresh, new name that really solidifies the awards as ours. Welcome to the Autostraddle TV Awards.

These awards are meant to celebrate the best of television — through a lens of LGBTQ+ representation. To merely feature a gay character no longer feels like enough. We want complex, meaningful, varied queer storylines across genres, narratives, and themes. We approach voting for these awards from two vantage points: the overall quality of the show as well as the quality of the queer and/or trans stories told within. Some of the shows nominated by the Primetime Emmy Awards this year overlap with some of the shows below — many do not. For example, while the Emmys remain very enthusiastic for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, several members of our TV Team have been disappointed by the way the show skirts around Susie’s sexuality. We put queer and trans characters and stories first with these awards, and within the extremely patriarchal and heteronormative machine of Hollywood, that matters.

How it Works: For the past couple weeks, the knowledgeable and passionate queer critics who make up our TV Team have collaborated on a lengthy process to determine the year’s nominees in each of our Autostraddle TV Awards categories. We have 21 whole categories, and while there is some overlap with the Emmys, we also feature our own original categories that celebrate LGBTQ+ achievements — including awards specifically for out performers — as well as awards for other parts of the television landscape that don’t often get love from mainstream awards systems, like genre television. We took a massive list of potential nominees and voted to narrow that down to just six nominees per category — with two exceptions. Due to the fact that after two rounds of voting there were still ties for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor Playing an LGBTQ+ Character in a Drama Series, those categories feature a seventh bonus nominee. The team was genuinely split, so it felt the most accurately reflective of our opinions to go with this slight rule change!

Now, it’s your turn to help us pick the winners. Individual Autostraddle readers can vote once in each category. Your votes will be combined with the TV Team’s final votes to choose the winners.

There are also three fan-favorite categories that YOU get to decide completely yourselves! Those categories are Fan Favorite Couples, Fan Favorite Out Queer Actor, and Fan Favorite Character.

We follow the same rules as the Emmys as far as timeline, which means the shows must have aired between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 in order to be eligible. (Yes, that means we have to wait until 2023 to nominate A League of Their Own!) While the show’s full season does not need to have aired during that range, most of its episodes must have aired.

Here is your official ballot!

Voting is now open and will close on Wednesday, August 31 at 5p.m. EST. The winners will be announced on September 7.


AND THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2022 AUTOSTRADDLE TV AWARDS ARE…

Outstanding Drama Series

Yellowjackets (Showtime) Station Eleven (HBO Max) The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime) Euphoria (HBO Max) Killing Eve (AMC) Gentleman Jack (HBO Max)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Station Eleven (HBO Max)
The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
Euphoria (HBO Max)
Killing Eve (AMC)
Gentleman Jack (HBO Max)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Sort Of (HBO Max) Hacks (HBO Max) We Are Lady Parts (Peacock) A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO Max) Sex Education (Netflix) Dickinson (Apple TV) Reservation Dogs (FX)

Sort Of (HBO Max)
Hacks (HBO Max)
We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO Max)
Sex Education (Netflix)
Dickinson (Apple TV)
Reservation Dogs (FX)

Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series

The 4400 (CW) Batwoman (CW) Naomi (CW) Astrid & Lilly Save the World (SYFY) Supergirl (CW) Riverdale (CW)

The 4400 (CW)
Batwoman (CW)
Naomi (CW)
Astrid & Lilly Save the World (SYFY)
Supergirl (CW)
Riverdale (CW)

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

Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets Tawny Cypress as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Killing Eve Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, Killing Eve

Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets
Tawny Cypress as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets
Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack
Zendaya as Rue Bennett, Euphoria
Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria
Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Killing Eve
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, Killing Eve

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

Sepideh Moafi as Gigi Ghorbani, The L Word: Generation Q Jordan Hull as Angelica Porter-Kennard, The L Word: Generation Q Liv Hewson as Van Palmer, Yellowjackets Sherry Cola as Alice Kwan, Good Trouble Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson, The Morning Show Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Stranger Things

Sepideh Moafi as Gigi Ghorbani, The L Word: Generation Q
Jordan Hull as Angelica Porter-Kennard, The L Word: Generation Q
Liv Hewson as Van Palmer, Yellowjackets
Sherry Cola as Alice Kwan, Good Trouble
Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson, The Morning Show
Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Stranger Things

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

Mae Martin as Mae, Feel Good Alia Shawkat as Dory Sief, Search Party Jonica T. Gibbs as Hattie, Twenties Bilal Baig as Sabi Mehboob, Sort Of Hannah Marie Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, Dickinson

Mae Martin as Mae, Feel Good
Alia Shawkat as Dory Sief, Search Party
Jonica T. Gibbs as Hattie, Twenties
Bilal Baig as Sabi Mehboob, Sort Of
Hannah Marie Einbinder as Ava Daniels, Hacks
Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, Dickinson

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

Dua Saleh as Cal Bowman, Sex Education Sophina Brown as Ida B., Twenties Ashley Nicole Black as various, A Black Lady Sketch Show Ashly Burch as Rachel, Mythic Quest Ella Hunt as Sue Gilbert, Dickinson Rebekah Murrell as Cam, In My Skin

Dua Saleh as Cal Bowman, Sex Education
Sophina Brown as Ida B., Twenties
Ashley Nicole Black as various, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Ashly Burch as Rachel, Mythic Quest
Ella Hunt as Sue Gilbert, Dickinson
Rebekah Murrell as Cam, In My Skin

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

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Peacemaker Taylor Hickson as Raelle Collar, Motherland: Fort Salem Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Legends of Tomorrow Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie, Naomi Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman
Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Peacemaker
Taylor Hickson as Raelle Collar, Motherland: Fort Salem
Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Legends of Tomorrow
Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie, Naomi
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl

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

Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Batwoman Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Batwoman Tig Notaro as Commander Jett Reno, Star Trek: Discovery Ireon Roach as Keisha Taylor, 4400 Kausar Mohammed as Soraya Khoury, 4400 Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Supergirl

Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Batwoman
Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Batwoman
Tig Notaro as Commander Jett Reno, Star Trek: Discovery
Ireon Roach as Keisha Taylor, 4400
Kausar Mohammed as Soraya Khoury, 4400
Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Supergirl

Outstanding Performance by a Straight Actress in a Straight Role

Danielle Deadwyler as Miranda Carroll, Station Eleven Jean Smart as Deborah Vance, Hacks Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, Abbott Elementary Melanie Lynskey as Shauna Sadecki, Yellowjackets Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard, Abbott Elementary Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, Russian Doll

Danielle Deadwyler as Miranda Carroll, Station Eleven
Jean Smart as Deborah Vance, Hacks
Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, Abbott Elementary
Melanie Lynskey as Shauna Sadecki, Yellowjackets
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard, Abbott Elementary
Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, Russian Doll

Outstanding Cis Male Character

Himesh Patel as Jeevan Chaudhary, Station Eleven Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Abbott Elementary Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, Ted Lasso Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent, Ted Lasso Taika Waititi as Blackbeard, Our Flag Means Death Steven Krueger as Ben Scott, Yellowjackets

Himesh Patel as Jeevan Chaudhary, Station Eleven
Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Abbott Elementary
Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, Ted Lasso
Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent, Ted Lasso
Taika Waititi as Blackbeard, Our Flag Means Death
Steven Krueger as Ben Scott, Yellowjackets

Santana Lopez Legacy Award For Outstanding Queer Teen Character

Jordan Hull as Angelica Porter-Kennard, The L Word: Generation Q Hailey Kilgore as Laverne “Jukebox” Ganner, Raising Kanan Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets Liv Hewson as Van Palmer, Yellowjackets Alycia Pascual-Peña as Aisha Garcia, Saved By the Bell Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie, Naomi

Jordan Hull as Angelica Porter-Kennard, The L Word: Generation Q
Hailey Kilgore as Laverne “Jukebox” Ganner, Raising Kanan
Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets
Liv Hewson as Van Palmer, Yellowjackets
Alycia Pascual-Peña as Aisha Garcia, Saved By the Bell
Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie, Naomi

Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes

The 4400 Episode 104, “Harlem’s Renaissance” Hacks Episode 204, “The Captain’s Wife” Sex Education Episode 306, "Episode 6" Sort Of Episode 105, “Sort of a Party” Dickinson Episode 308, "This Was a Poet" Batwoman Episode 311, “Broken Toys”

The 4400 Episode 104, “Harlem’s Renaissance”
Hacks Episode 204, “The Captain’s Wife”
Sex Education Episode 306, “Episode 6”
Sort Of Episode 105, “Sort of a Party”
Dickinson Episode 308, “This Was a Poet”
Batwoman Episode 311, “Broken Toys”

Outstanding Performance by an Out LGBTQ+ Actor in a Comedy

Megan Stalter as Kayla, Hacks Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan, Reservation Dogs Bilal Baig as Sabi Mehboob, Sort Of Abby McEnany as Abby, Work in Progress Ella Hunt as Sue Gilbert, Dickinson Ashley Nicole Black as various, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Megan Stalter as Kayla, Hacks
Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan, Reservation Dogs
Bilal Baig as Sabi Mehboob, Sort Of
Abby McEnany as Abby, Work in Progress
Ella Hunt as Sue Gilbert, Dickinson
Ashley Nicole Black as various, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Outstanding Performance by an LGBTQ+ Actor in a Drama

E.R Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Grey’s Anatomy Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez, The L Word: Generation Q Sherry Cola as Alice Kwan, Good Trouble Juani Feliz as Isabela Benitez-Santiago, Harlem

E.R Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Grey’s Anatomy
Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner, Yellowjackets
Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Euphoria
Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez, The L Word: Generation Q
Sherry Cola as Alice Kwan, Good Trouble
Juani Feliz as Isabela Benitez-Santiago, Harlem

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

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Riverdale Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, Supergirl Ireon Roach as Keisha Taylor, The 4400 Kausar Mohammed as Soraya Khoury, The 4400

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Batwoman
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Supergirl
Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Riverdale
Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, Supergirl
Ireon Roach as Keisha Taylor, The 4400
Kausar Mohammed as Soraya Khoury, The 4400

Outstanding LGBTQ+ Director / Writer / Showrunner

Lena Waithe, Twenties Mae Martin, Feel Good B Nichols, Abbott Elementary Abby McEnany, Work in Progress Dana Terrace, The Owl House Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Photo credits top, L to R: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images // Robin Roemer // Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for ReedPOP. Photo credits bottom, L to R: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage // Amy Sussman/Getty Images // Sonia Recchia/Getty Images

Lena Waithe, Twenties
Mae Martin, Feel Good
B Nichols, Abbott Elementary
Abby McEnany, Work in Progress
Dana Terrace, The Owl House
Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Most Groundbreaking Representation

Heartstopper (Netflix) Sort Of (HBO Max) The 4400 (CW) In My Skin (BBC) Reservation Dogs (FX) We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)

Heartstopper (Netflix)
Sort Of (HBO Max)
The 4400 (CW)
In My Skin (BBC)
Reservation Dogs (FX)
We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)

Outstanding Animated Series

The Owl House (Disney Channel) Pinecone & Pony (Apple TV) Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Netflix) Blue's Clues (Nickelodeon) Rugrats (Nickelodeon) Arcane (Netflix)

The Owl House (Disney Channel)
Pinecone & Pony (Apple TV)
Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Netflix)
Blue’s Clues (Nickelodeon)
Rugrats (Nickelodeon)
Arcane (Netflix)

Outstanding Hairstyling for an LGBTQ+ Character

ER Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, Killing Eve Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez, The L Word: Generation Q Sepideh Moafi as Gigi Ghorbani, The L Word: Generation Q Vanessa Williams as Pippa Pascal, The L Word: Generation Q Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz, And Just Like That...

ER Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Grey’s Anatomy
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, Killing Eve
Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez, The L Word: Generation Q
Sepideh Moafi as Gigi Ghorbani, The L Word: Generation Q
Vanessa Williams as Pippa Pascal, The L Word: Generation Q
Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz, And Just Like That…

Outstanding Costume Design for a Show With LGBTQ+ Characters

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime) Killing Eve (AMC) And Just Like That... (HBO Max) Yellowjackets (Showtime) We Are Lady Parts (Peacock) A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO Max)

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
Killing Eve (AMC)
And Just Like That… (HBO Max)
Yellowjackets (Showtime)
We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO Max)


To vote in the above categories as well as the THREE SPECIAL FAN FAVORITE CATEGORIES*, go forth and:

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*When voting in the fan favorite categories, please keep the eligibility guidelines in mind and only nominate couples/characters/actors who appeared in shows that aired between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. Otherwise your vote will be wasted!


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26 Comments

    • Yeah, agreed. I know the boys additions pretty much killed the show but the girls deserve their credit. They were the heart of that show and it feels like autostraddle just totally ignored them, much like the show did this season.

      Mia Healey is an LGBTQ+ actor and the character of Toni is an indigenous queer character. Both Shelby and Toni are beloved characters.

  1. Honestly kind of disappointed that Dead End Paranormal Park didn’t make the animated category. One lead is trans and gay, another lead is autistic (and in the comics, also queer), another lead is a possessed talking dog? That’s queer content baby.

  2. These awards always make me feel woefully ignorant of contemporary queer TV but I always vote in the categories where I’ve actually watched at least two of the shows! I’m looking forward to voting in ALOTO next year!

  3. How in the world do you not have Legends of Tomorrow in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy poll? A show that had one of the most long lasting and healthy portrayal of a wlw relationship? Yet you have a few that shouldn’t even be on that list with how their queer women were treated.

    • I have to agree.
      We have things that are not that positive such as Euphoria but the positive representation gets forgotten.

      I guess each person has their own criteria, but I wish the little media that does positive representation would be more recognized even if less famous.

  4. Why is Meagan Tandy listed as a supporting/guest actress for Batwoman? She has the second biggest role on the entire show. I mean, you’ve got Chyler and Jes in the lead actress category despite the fact that neither is THE lead on Supergirl/Legends.

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