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Here Are The Queerest Moments From This Year’s Emmys

Among the biggest winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards: LGBTQ stories and storytellers.

We’ve put together the top rainbow moments of the 2017 Emmys just for you:

Lena Whaithe made her-story

This year’s Emmy Awards were full of historical moments, including Lena Waithe’s incredible and well-deserved win.

At the award show, the Master of None actress became the first black woman to win an award for comedy writing for the show’s Thanksgiving episode, which she cowrote with Aziz Ansari.

Black Mirror’s San Junipero proved queer stories do work

San Junipero broke with Black Mirror’s usually-bleak depiction of technology and the future, with a notably upbeat and heart-warming love story between two women.

The acclaimed episode, which was near-universally acclaimed, picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.

Charlie Brooker, who wrote the episode himself, also picked up the award for Outstanding Writing for a TV Movie.

The episode starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis as lovers Kelly and Yorkie.

Kate McKinnon showed the world she’s a comedy goddess

Kate McKinnon was one of the early winners of the evening Sunday, beating a field that included some of her Saturday Night Live colleagues to take home the award for supporting actress in a comedy series.

The first openly lesbian cast member of the sketch comedy show, McKinnon made her mark this season with portrayals of Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway, Betsy DeVos and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

‘Gender traitor’ Alexis Bledel is recognized

Picking up her award at last week’s pre-show Emmy’s, Alexis Bledel won the outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her haunting performance as Ofglen, in the dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale.

It was her first Emmy win.

RuPaul played a living Emmy statue

During the telecast, host Stephen Colbert sat down for an interview with the Emmy statue herself, a golden-winged woman played by RuPaul, TV’s most famous drag queen.
RuPaul was a winner this year too, nabbing the award for host of a reality or reality-competition series for the second consecutive year at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.

Samira Wiley looked way to cute with her wife, Lauren Morelli

Wiley and her wife, Orange is the New Black writer, Lauren Morelli stole everyone’s hearts with how cute they were on the red carpet and during the ceremony.

Wiley was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale.

But she was pipped at the post by her co-star, Ann Dowd.

The Cast of 9 to 5 Reunited at the Emmys to Blast Donald Trump

Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda reunited to present at the award ceremony, and used it as an opportunity to tear down Donald Trump

Black Mirror’s Lesbian Love Story ‘San Junipero’ Wins Two Emmy Awards

Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror took two awards at last night’s Emmys, with show creator Charlie Brooker winning both Outstanding Television Movie and an Outstanding Writing award for the episode San Junipero.

The winning episode, San Junipero, was a stark departure from the show’s usual blend of sci-fi and horror.

Starring Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the episode was hailed as a classic immediately for the way that it combines Black Mirror’s trademark futuristic vision with a beautifully told love story.

It tells the love story of two women Kelly and Yorkie (Mbatha and Davis), whose realities are not quite what they seem, but whose love is very real.

Brooker told the Emmys audience.

San Junipero was a story about love – and love will defeat hatred, love will win,”


Though Brooker originally conceived the story with a heterosexual couple, he thought twice about his own assumptions and decided to make his lovers women.

He told EW

I think it gives it an extra resonance, because they couldn’t have legally got married in [the real] 1987, so we’re gifting them that in this world, in this story of second chances. That adds a whole extra subtext about reliving your life and exploring things you didn’t have a chance to do.”

Mbatha-Raw adds

It’s about human beings and love and souls. And it’s not about [sexuality] being a problem. That wasn’t the focus of the story and I think that’s actually really refreshing.”

The upbeat tone also moves the show away from the “dead lesbians” TV trope, where a disproportionate number of lesbian characters are killed off tragically onscreen.

Brooker conceived the happy ending partially to subvert that trope – though technically both characters do die to achieve their idyll.

Netflix Have Dropped This Amazing Poussey And Taystee ‘Black Mirror’ Crossover

So you know that Black Mirror episode set in the ’80s? Well, here it is with Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) from Orange Is The New Black.

(Spoilers for Orange is the New Black Season 4 below!)

The short skit titled Orange is the New Black Mirror, mirrors the plot of Black Mirror’s beloved gay love story San Junipero.

The clip features fan favourite Taystee reunited with her dead friend Poussey.

At the end of the last season, Poussey was dramatically killed, sparking a riot inside the prison.

But in the clip Taystee dreams of seeing her one more time in Black Mirror’s virtual afterlife, San Junipero.

The pair reconcile and dance, but a few moments later Taystee is sent back to the land of the living – waking inside the prison.


Although we’re struggling to accept that this is the last time we’ll ever see Poussey back with a Litchfield inmate, we’re still excited to see how the prison has changed following her tragic death.

Season 5 promises to be an explosive one, with the show left on on a cliffhanger as the pregnant Daya points a gun at prison officer Humphrey – and a gunshot is heard.

The Netflix show will be back on our laptop and TV screens on June 9, picking up exactly where it left off.

Black Mirror Takes on Lesbian Legacy

If you’re not yet aboard the Black Mirror train, then surely you’re missing something spectacular and very oddly cryptic. It hasn’t made enough rounds on the internet as the talk yet, but Season 3’s delivered quite an impact since being part of the Netflix family.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that features a modern take on speculative fiction. It focuses on dark – or rather, satirical themes – examining our society. It’s an exciting ride for the average Joe, but it’s sure to pique the interest of theorists and aspiring scientists alike.

Also, every episode is jam-packed with techno-paranoia and just the right amount of drama (and not in the sense you’re thinking, nope).

It takes on something entirely different (at least in creator Charlie Brooker’s sense) and experimental (non-traditional Black Mirror way, that is) in its episode San Junipero.

We don’t want to give away too much (just in case you wanted to see the episode for yourself – which, by the way, you totally should), but it is set in a party town where people go to have fun, by nature of definition, of course.

Free-spirited Kelly meets new-girl, conservative Yorkie and well, they fall in love.


Brooker recalls telling Vanity Fair.

It was another decision where I just thought, Well, OK, let’s question that. Is that the best version of this we could do?

It is a simple love story in a not-so-simple world. Also ironic is how it is set in 1987 – an era where most of these things aren’t really socially accepted (yet).


It gives you twists and turns you wouldn’t imagine, delivering an absolute thrill to the LGBT Community in a very positive light. Safe to say, it’s a job well done to Brooker and the team for taking a different, yet still familiar route.


He says,

I wasn’t consciously reacting to other things in the culture, so much as thinking. This makes it a more interesting story.”