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Zendaya at 2022 Emmys

Zendaya accepts award at the 74th Emmy Awards (Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the 74th annual Emmy Awards aired on NBC, and I spent the evening doing what I usually do while watching television: searching for gay crumbs. Here are seven of the gayest moments from television’s biggest night!


1. Sarah Paulson Walks the Carpet with Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor have been dating since 2015, and their relationship has made the sapphics go wild. This year, Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Linda Tripp in Impeachment: American Crime Story. Paulson and Taylor hit the carpet together, where Paulson said:  “I’m here with Holland, my partner, whom I love.” Be right back, I’m swooning.


2. Hannah Einbinder Just Wants to See Zendaya

This year, bisexual comedian Hannah Einbinder and acting legend Jean Smart presented the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. When the two walked out, Einbinder hid behind Smart, and when Smart asked Einbinder why she agreed to present if she was so nervous, Einbinder said: “because from the stage I get a better view of Zendaya.” What a relatable gay moment.


3. Kate McKinnon Looks Dapper in a Suit

Seeing Kate McKinnon on my television screen for the first time since she left Saturday Night Live in May gave me all the feels. The fact that she was wearing a dapper black suit and she fangirled over Laverne Cox on the red carpet? Even better. The queers will miss you, Kate.


4. Sam Jay Queers the Emmys as an Announcer

Sam Jay

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Black lesbian comedian Sam Jay acted as the announcer for this year’s Emmys, and her commentary was spot on. At one point, she introduced two male presenters as “dudes I thought I liked when I thought I was straight.” I’ve never felt more seen.


5. The White Lotus Takes Home Several Trophies

LGBTQ+-inclusive satire The White Lotus stole this show, winning Emmy awards for Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Directing, Writing, and Limited Series. When Murray Bartlett won the award for Supporting Actor, he thanked his LGBTQ+ family, saying: “To my P-town family, I love you! To my partner Matt – thank you for being my sanctuary.”


6. Jerrod Carmichael Wins for His Comedy Special

This year, comedian Jerrod Carmichael won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his comedy series Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel. During the special, Carmichael came out as a gay. “I’m just trying to tell the truth now,” he said to the New York Times earlier this year. We love to see it.


7. Zendaya Wins Again For Euphoria

Zendaya at 2022 Emmys

Zendaya accepts award at the 74th Emmy Awards (Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Images)

Last year, Zendaya made history when she won her first Emmy and became the youngest woman and the second Black woman to win in the lead drama actress category. This year, she did it again, and took home the same award for her portrayal of Rue in the LGBTQ+-inclusive drama, Euphoria.

Congratulations to all of the winners!




Becca Damante
Becca Damante
Becca is a Smith college graduate with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and an Archives concentration. She has worked and written for non-profits organizations such as Media Matters for America, The Century Foundation, and GLAAD, and loves to write about the intersections between pop culture, politics, and social justice. You can find her at @beccadamante on Twitter.