Queer Celebrities Lena Waithe and Kate McKinnon Win Emmys

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Lena Waithe. Photo via YouTube.

The Emmys brought on a big win for diversity.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert saw two lesbian women taking home awards: Lena Waithe and Kate McKinnon.

Waithe won for comedy writing, becoming the first African-American woman to win in that category. She earned the award for co-writing “Master of None” episode “Thanksgiving” along with her co-star Aziz Ansari. The episode was based on her own experiences coming out as a lesbian.

In addition to writing the episode, Waithe also has a recurring role on the show as Aziz’s openly gay friend Denise.

During her acceptance speech, she expressed the importance of diversity in the entertainment industry.

"I love you all and last but certainly not least my LGBTQIA family," she said. “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers — every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it.”

She continued: “And for everybody out there that showed us so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know."

Waithe wasn’t the only LGBT woman to win an award. McKinnon won her second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in “Saturday Night Live.” She was the first openly gay female cast member on the show.

She came to the Emmy’s with her girlfriend of one year, Jackie Abbott. She gave her girlfriend a hug before accepting the award.

Donald Glover also made history at The Emmys for being the first African-American to win for  comedy series directing.

Check out Lena Waithe’s speech via CBS.


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