Here Are The LGBTQ+ Nominees For The 2022 Primetime Emmy's

Here Are The LGBTQ+ Nominees For The 2022 Primetime Emmy's
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Here Are The LGBTQ Nominees For The 2022 Primetime Emmys

And the 2022 Emmy nominees are...very queer! Here's your guide to the LGBTQ performers to look out for!

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The 2022 Primetime Emmy nominations are here!


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As TV gets queerer, so do the awards shows. 

Who am I kidding? LGBTQ folks love nothing more than a fancy awards show with pretty dresses, wild moments, and, if we're lucky, getting to see our faves win.

This year is no different, with shows like The White Lotus, Euphoria, and RuPaul's Drag Race attracting tons of nominations and queer talent in almost all the major categories.

While a lot of shows feature LGBTQ content or themes, here are some of the queer Emmy nominees to root for Sept. 12.

Bowen Yang — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy


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Bowen Yang has been a standout since he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2019, garnering memes and laughs with ease while making history when he became the first SNL featured player to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2021.

The Las Culturistas podcast co-host started off summer 2022 with Fire Island, one of the best gay rom-com's of all time, and will star in Billy Eichner's Bros, later this year.

Hannah Einbinder — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy


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Hannah Einbinder shot to the front of everyone's minds when she stunned us all in the HBO Max hit Hacks.

With this year bringing in her second straight nomination, the bisexual comedian recently appeared in the all-winners edition of Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars 7 and has been touring stand-up all summer. 

Hacks did big numbers in the other categories it qualified for garnering 17 nominations, including Best Comedy Series.

Kate McKinnon — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy


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Saturday Night Live legend Kate McKinnon earned her ninth nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy in her last season on the show.

She has two wins under her belt, from 2016 to 2017, and has booked a role in the highly anticipated Barbie movie coming next year.

RuPaul Charles — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program


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RuPaul will and can never be stopped!

The host of the drag queen competition juggernaut has once again let the world know that Drag Race is a force to be reckoned with as it once again dominating the reality show categories.

The show earned 11 nominations, including its sixth Outstanding Competition Program nomination in a row and RuPaul for Best Reality Host, which he's won the last five times.

Queer Eye — Outstanding Host(s) for a Reality or Competition Program


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Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness were nominated once again for their work on Netflix's 2018 Queer Eye reboot.

The Netflix queer icons have been nominated along with the show in various categories since the show first aired and have inspired reboots around the world.

The show is filming its seventh season for later this year.

Sarah Paulson — Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie


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She's done it again. Then again, what do you expect from THE legend Sarah Paulson.

Once again teaming with Ryan Murphy did them both good, earning Paulson a nomination for her work in American Crime Story: Impeachment as Linda Tripp in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Her work in the previous American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson, as Marcia Clark gave her the first Emmy, so let's see if she'll go 2-for-2.

Murray Bartlett — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie


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The man behind the most talked about a**-eating scene in television this year, Murray Bartlett is getting rewarded with an Emmy nomination.

While the former Looking star has long been a fan-favorite, his first nomination has come for his role as the stressed out manager of The White Lotus. The show earned dominated this year's nominations, with 20 nominations in total.

Bisexual director Mike White and queer icon Jennifer Coolidge were among those also nominated for the show about the horrors of white people at a resort.

Colman Domingo — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series


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Euphoria standout Colman Domingo may get the chance to add an Emmy next to his Tony award if things go his way later this year.

The Zola and Fear The Walking Dead actor joins Zendaya, Martha Kelly, and Sydney Sweeney with nominations for their work on the second season of Euphoria, which was also nominated for Best Drama Series.

He will star in a new adaptation of The Color Purple and be the lead in a Rustin Bayard biopic in 2023.

Nathan Lane — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series


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Broadway legend and six-time Tony winner Nathan Lane earned his seventh nomination for his work in Only Murders in the Building as Teddy Dimas, making him the most nominated guest actor in Emmy history.

With roles ranging from Roy Cohn Angels in America to Timon in The Lion King, Lane is an undeniable great who has been in pretty much everything. 

His work across almost four decades has made him one of the best working actors in television, stage, and film.

Nicole Byer — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program


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The Nailed It! host has earned her second nomination for Best Host, while also earning an Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special nomination for her first full-length special: Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo).

The comedian also stars in the NBC comedy Grand Crew and hosts the reboot of Wipeout with John Cena.

The Why Won't You Date Me? podcast host has been one of the best comics of the last decade with her appearances on Girl Code and RuPaul's Drag Race (make her a permanent judge already!) among so much more!

Lady Gaga — Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)


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Mother Monster stays winning! Or at least being nominated.

Although the four-time Emmy nominee has a Golden Globe under her belt for her acting, her Emmy's noms have mostly come from her music specials, including two with Tony Bennett.

Her Grammy winning collaborations with Bennett inspired recording of their live specials, featuring an array of classics performed by the duo. Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, making these recordings some of his last performances.

Jane Lynch — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series


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Five-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch has earned her 13th nomination for her work in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building in a guest starring role.

Queer director Jamie Babbit and Cherien Dabis earned nominations for their work directing the show being nominated for Best Comedy Series.

Queer shows galore!


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The queer actors aren't the only one's to root for. While a lot of shows featured queer themes or characters with mostly straight casts or creators, any good representation will suffice.

Comedies like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Abbott Elementary, and What We Do in the Shadows garnered major nominations while featuring many queer themes and characters.

Drama hits like Severance, Stranger Things, Yellowjackets, Inventing Anna, and Pam & Tommy also saw some major success across the Primetime categories.

For a full list of the nominees, check here, while you can watch the awards live on September 12 on NBC.

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