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Emmy’s recap: Billy Porter wins; Patricia Arquette calls for more jobs for trans people; RuPaul’s Drag Race wins

Thanks to all those years working for Gay Star News, I watch major events looking for the LGBT story angles. Thankfully, this year’s prime-time Emmys had some doozies.

You’ve got to start with Billy Porter’s historic win for best lead actor in a drama series for his performance in the FX series Pose.

It was a big enough story that an openly gay black man was nominated in the category. To win against such stiff competition (Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Kit Harington, Bob Odenkirk and Milo Ventimiglia), it’s so absolutely magnificent.

He said in his speech: “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day,” Porter began. In one of the most powerful lines of the night, he quoted James Baldwin: “It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had a right to be here.”

“I have the right,” Porter continued. “You have the right. We all have the right.”

Porter said backstage: “It’s been a long. It’s been a lot of work. It’s been a long time,” he continued. “And I am just so grateful that I live long enough to see the day where I could stand up in front of the world as my true authentic self. My true authentic self, I was told that who I am was never going to work. I was told that who and what I am would never be successful. Period. That’s what I was told. I did not believe that. I did not believe that. This is proof positive that believe in yourself, invest in yourself, Love yourself, and then teach other people how to do it.”

On Pose, Porter plays Pray Tell, the outspoken and outrageous emcee of the New York City house balls the ’80s-set show centers on. The series features the largest cast of transgender actors and LGBTQ actors in television history.

Another extraordinary LGBTQ moment was when Patricia Arquette accepted the supporting actress in a limited series Emmy for Hulu’s The Act. The actress remember her transgender sister Alexis Arquette who died in 2016.

“In my heart, I’m so sad. I lost my sister Alexis. Trans people are still being persecuted. And I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, for you, until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted. And give them jobs, They’re human beings, let’s give them jobs, let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race won its second consecutive win for Outstanding Competition Program, and host RuPaul Charles.

The VH1 reality competition series beat The Amazing Race, The Voice, Top Chef, Nailed It! and American Ninja Warrior. It already had made history for VH1, picking up the most noms in the Viacom network’s history, and last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, Charles picked up his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program to tie Survivor‘s Jeff Probst for most wins in the category.

After thanking the Academy voters, he also urged viewers to get involved in the 2020 presidential election. “Speaking of voting for love, go and register to vote.”

Also, nominee Laverne Cox seized her moment on the red carpet to talk about an upcoming US Supreme Court case impacting LGBTQ people. The case is about whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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  1. I never liked Bill Porter after the first time I saw him on Law and Order SVU. I think his talent is grossly overrated. The Emmys apparently disagree. I congratulate him but won’t make a habit of watching him in future. To each his own I guess.

  2. I was sadden to see they left off Kaye Ballard from their memorial segment. I realize they can’t list everyone, but Kaye was a television legend. Then via the Internet, I see they left off many more…

    Ken Kercheval, Phyllis Newman, Celeste Yarnall, Sondra Locke, Carol Lynley, Paul John Vasquez, Julie Adams, David Hedison, Bruce Tufeld, David Winters, Beverley Owen, Jeraldine Saunders, Frank Russell Parker, Peggy McCay, Bobby Diamond, Ted Rich, James Karen, Freddie Hart, Bernard Bragg, Dave Rowland, Diane Jergens, Ken Swofford, Wayne Maunder, Katherine MacGregor, Kitty O’Neil, Adair Bryant Simon, Philip Bosco, Tim Rossovich, Denise Nickerson, Charles Levin, Steve Dash, Dame June Whitfield, Fenella Fielding, Ronnie Prophet, Michele Carey, Christine McGuire, Erica Hagen, Robert Phillips, Betty Jaynes, Roy Patrick, Mary Kay Stearns, Patrice Martinez, Laya Raki, Victoria Taft, Ethel Ayler, Stelvio Rosi, Don McKay, Rosenda Monteros, Agneta Eckemyr, Frank Adonis, Christian Kay, Daryl Dragon, Eugene “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Verna Bloom, William Morgan Sheppard, Clydie King, Bradley Bolke, James Ingram, Erica Yohn, William Swan, Dick Miller, Maxine Brown, Clive Swift, Carmen Duncan, Harold Bradley, Candice Earley, Carmen Argenziano, Joseph Sirola, Christopher Pray, Peter Tork, Vinny Vella, Clark James Gable, Brody Stevens, Louisa Moritz, Rosemarie Stack, Morgan Woodward, Sue Casey, Lisa Sheridan, Nathaniel Taylor, Norma Miller, Don Brady, Mitzi Hoag, Lisa Seagram, Sally Fraser, Diane Adair Gaidry, Muriel Pavlow, Ken Welch, Patricia Garwood, Jed Allan, Lawrence G. DiTillio, Tom Hatten, Richard Erdman, Denise DuBarry, Kathleen Kent Wellman, Janell McLeod, Steve Bean, Jack Carr, Shane Rimmer, June Harding, Harold E. Bergman, Cedrick Hardman, Maury Laws, Tania Mallet, Roberta Haynes, Carmelita Pope, Noah Keen, Allan Cole, John Quarmby, Nancy Gates, Larry Flash Jenkins, Quentin Maré, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Fay McKenzie, Peter Mayhew, Anne Neyland, Susan Harrison, David Mooney, Michael Hartson, Barry Malkin, Barbara Perry, Kip Niven, Jim Fowler, Pua Magasiva, Sammy Shore, Ron Smerczak, Andrew Hall, Stephen Thorne, Lee Hale, Carmine Caridi, Peggy Stewart, Kathleen O’Malley, Roslyn Alexander, Franco Zeffirelli, Sylvia Miles, Julie Payne, Judith Krantz, Max Wright, Billy Drago, Susan Bernard, Bob Dorian, Jack Perkins, Tyler Blake Smith, Eric Christie, Brian Turk, John Wesley, Robert Axelrod, Paul Benjamin, Tom Jordan, Brian Taggert, Eddie Jones, Stephanie Niznik, Gary Marshal, Richmond Shepard, Albert Shepherd, Robert A. Milli, Gabe Khouth. William Hurndell, Lili Rosson, Barry Coe,Phil Young, Barbara March & Aron Eisenberg.

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