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13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Leslie Jordan

By /bent | /Bent August 15, 2014 at 11:22AM

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

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).  

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 person, and Sean Hayes and Victor Garber.  Today, we at #7, which makes it a hat trick for folks from "Will & Grace"...

Leslie Jordan

Nominated For: In 2006, Leslie Jordan's recurring role as a Karen Walker's bitter rival Beverley Leslie got him a guest actor nomination.
Did He Win?: Yep -- Jordan beat out Alec Baldwin (also from "Will & Grace"), Martin Sheen ("Two and a Half Men"), Patrick Stewart and Ben Stiller (both from "Extras") to become the third winner in the category from the series (Bobby Cannavale and Gene Wilder came before him).
Significance: With the asterisk surrounding Sean Hayes' win (he wasn't completely out at the time), Jordan is really the first openly gay man to win an Emmy for playing an openly character. He also impressively beat out that aforementioned quartet of high profile actors, which is quite notable in itself. The character actor -- who had small roles on shows like "Lois & Clark," "Caroline in the City," "Boston Legal," "Coach," "Murphy Brown" and "Ellen" -- finally got what a deserved moment in the spotlight.


Watch a clip of Jordan on "Will & Grace" below:


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

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