Gays were well represented at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, television’s highest honor. Openly gay writer/director Ryan Murphy won a directing Emmy for his work on “Glee” and kissed his boyfriend before walking to the stage. “Glee,” a gay cult hit, won three of the 19 Emmys it was nominated for.
Another “Glee” winner was actress Jane Lynch for her hard-boiled performance as Sue Sylvester. Lynch, who’s also openly gay, kissed her wife then thanked her during her speech.
When straight actor Erik Stonestreet won a supporting actor Emmy for his work on ABC’s “Modern Family,” he kissed his TV hubby Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Their work as Cam and Mitchell on the show has inspired some question about when they would be allowed their first on-screen kiss.
And openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris won two Emmys this year: one for guesting on “Glee” and another for hosting the Tonys. His statuettes were presented the night before at the Creative Arts presentation.
Aaron Paul, who won best supporting actor in a drama for his role on “Breaking Bad,” also kissed his partner. The Tony writers and the “Modern Family” team also enjoyed Emmy wins.
And legendary favorite Betty White, adored by gays for her “Golden Girls” work, won her seventh Emmy for her Facebook-inspired “Saturday Night Live” hosting stint. White won her first Emmy in 1952 for the sitcom “Life With Elizabeth.”