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13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Chris Colfer

By /bent | /Bent August 18, 2014 at 11:28AM

We look back at the history of LGBT actors getting nominations for playing LGBT characters at the Emmys.
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Chris Colfer at the Emmys
Chris Colfer at the Emmys

In this series of posts leading up to this year's Emmy Awards (going down on August 25th), we're highlighting the 13 LGBT actors who were nominated for playing LGBT characters in years past, in honor of the fact that a whopping 7 new additions to that list have been nominated this year (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello and Kate McKinnon -- though notably Cox and Lane already lost their awards as the guest acting categories are announced a week in advance).  

We're going in chronological order, with the posts so far looking John Glover and his nomination for 1985's TV movie "An Early Frost" (read that here, along with some more background on Emmy's history with LGBT nominees), Ian McKellen and Ellen DeGeneres, who collectively are the only two LGBT people to receive two different nominations for playing LGBT characters, Angelina Jolie, the only bisexual person ever nominated for an Emmy for playing another bisexual personSean HayesVictor Garber and Leslie Jordan -- all for "Will & Grace" (and two of them winners), and Jesse Tyler Ferguson for "Modern Family." Today we move on to the youngest out LGBT actor to ever receive an Emmy nomination -- for playing an LGBT character or otherwise...

Chris Colfer Glee

Chris Colfer

Nominated For: At just 20 years old, Chris Colfer received his first of two Emmy nominations in 2010 for playing Kurt Hummel on "Glee."
Did He Win?: No… He lost both times to a member of the "Modern Family" cast (Eric Stonestreet in 2010 and Ty Burrell in 2011).
Significance: Notably in 2010, Colfer's nomination alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris and Eric Stonestreet -- the latter of whom won -- meant that 50% of the best supporting actor in a comedy nominees were openly LGBT, and 50% of them were nominated for playing LGBT characters. Which is pretty impressive. Though even more impressive was how thoughtful and eloquent the young Colfer has been with regard to LGBT issues during his time in the spotlight.  


While Colfer didn't get that Emmy, watch his lovely, touching Golden Globes speech below (which makes clear that last sentence):



Check back tomorrow for the next nominee… and check out the previous posts below:


John Glover

Ian McKellen

Ellen DeGeneres

Angelina Jolie

Sean Hayes

Victor Garber

Leslie Jordan

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

This article is related to: Television, Emmy Awards, LGBT at the Emmys