Representation matters, and the Emmys, if compared to other award shows (especially the Oscars), have been pretty proactive about identifying LGBT representation. And this year, there is a quite respectable group of seven LGBT actors nominated for playing LGBT characters.

Matt Bomer

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Nominee as Felix Turner HBO's The Normal Heart.

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Jim Parsons


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Nominee as Tommy Boatwright in HBO's The Normal Heart.

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Laverne Cox

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Nominee as Sophia Burset in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Nominee as Mitchell Pritchett in ABC's Modern Family.

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Nathan Lane

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series Nominee as Pepper Saltzman in ABC's Modern Family.

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Joe Mantello

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Nominee as Mickey Marcus in HBO's The Normal Heart.

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Kate McKinnon

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Nominee as Various characters (including LGBT characters like "Dyke" and Ellen DeGeneres) in NBC's Saturday Night Live.

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These are the LGBT nominees for LGBT characters from previous years: John Glover, Ian McKellen, Ellen DeGeneres, Angelina Jolie, Sean Hayes, Victor Garber, Leslie Jordan, Chris Colfer, Sarah Paulson, Dan Bucatinsky.

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