Queer Stories Recognised at Emmy Awards

Last night, Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’, written by series creator Charlie Brooker, scooped two Emmy awards: Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie.

In the former category, the competition was a mixed bag – from the BBC’s Sherlock: The Lying Detective to Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love – but Brooker faced stiff competition for the latter award, including Ryan Murph’s Feud and the third season of Fargo.

Earlier this year, we published a playlist inspired by the episode (which happens to feature a phenomenal soundtrack).

“What makes the San Junipero episode so brilliant is not only its intense 80s aesthetic that blows Stranger Things out of the water or the overtly brilliant story line, but Owen Harris and Charlie Brooker’s ability to create a queer story line with POC and bisexual representation and not make it solely about the pain and suffering of identity.”

Twitter, obviously, was ecstatic.

Meanwhile, Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Netflix’s Master Of None, created by Ansari. Waithe became the first black woman to win the award and thanked her “LGBTQIA family” during her acceptance speech.

“I see each and every one of you,” she said. “The things that make us different – those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and 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.”


The episode they won with, Thanksgiving, focusses on Ansari and Waithe’s characters – Dev and Denise – over the course of a decade of Thanksgiving dinners. It explores Denise’s struggle with her sexuality, her coming out to her family, and finally gaining acceptance from her close-minded mother (played by Angela Bassett).

See the full list of winners here.

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