In case you thought the GLAAD Media Awards were the only show in town to celebrate the inclusion of LGBT characters and actors, allow us to recap the winners at last night’s Emmy awards.
It was a huge night for two of the most LGBT-friendly shows on television, Glee and Modern Family.
Glee star Jane Lynch won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sue Sylvester in Glee. She thanked her wife Laura and their daughter, as well as her ”lord and creator … Ryan Murphy.” Murphy, who is also openly gay, is one of the show’s creators and executive producers. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Glee. Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy for his guest spot on the show, which was presented to him at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on August 21st.
Both Glee and Modern Family were nominated for Best Comedy Series. Modern Family won.
In addition to the big win, Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay dad Cameron Tucker on the Modern Family, won for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – and he got to share a bed with George Clooney (as well as his TV partner, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) during a sketch about the show. Creators Steve Levithan and Christopher Lloyd also went home with Emmys for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.
Although Glee and Modern Family were the biggest winners for the LGBT community, they weren’t the only ones.
Archie Panjabi won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, for her role as bisexual private investigator Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. And AMC’s hit Mad Men won its third consecutive Emmy for Best Drama Series, for a season in which one of the show’s characters struggled with the closet and was fired after he spurned the advances of a male advertising client.
And, in addition to his win for his Glee guest spot, Neil Patrick Harris also won an Emmy for hosting the 63rd Annual Tony Awards. The Tonys also won the Emmy for Best writing for a variety special. Harris, who hosted the Emmys last year, jokingly thanked the Academy for allowing “a gay man to host the Emmys two years in a row.” He then said to this year’s host, Jimmy Fallon, “Congratulations Jimmy, you’re doing great.”
Congratulations to all the winners last night, and a thank you to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for applauding LGBT inclusion.