I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on TV! Summer is nearly here, and with it comes the 2018 Daytime Emmys and Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards, which took place last Sunday and featured several big wins for LGBTQIA+ stories on TV. Another trailer for the highly anticipated FX series “Pose” also dropped this week, which revealed what “the category is” for the ball seen in previous clips from the series.
Yet another fabulous trailer has dropped in the ramp up for the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s latest TV series, “Pose.” The trailer introduces Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), a ballet dancer sleeping on park benches and wishing for stardom who finds a home in the burgeoning ball scene. The children of Damon’s new drag house are seen ripping off the rich to pull together looks for that night’s ball in a Robin Hood style, a rags-to-riches transformation that sees the children dance the night away in absolute opulence. At the trailer’s heart is an underlying message of love and solidarity in the LGBTQIA+ community, emphasized by one character’s description of a drag house as “a family you get to choose.”
This trailer also gives audiences a first look at Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) as a well-off New Jersey couple who are drawn into the enticing underground of ’80s NYC. Peters’ character Stan meets the gorgeous Angel (Indya Moore) and is soon torn between two worlds, dining with Mara’s character in the fancy Rainbow Room one night and falling for Angel the next. The series, labeled a “dance musical” set in the drag ball scene of opulent ’80s NYC, has already made headlines with the largest trans cast in scripted TV herstory, with five trans actors– MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Hailie Shar, Angelia Ross and Dominique Jackson— tapped for series regular roles. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again folx, “Pose” will be the hit of the summer season. June 3 can’t come soon enough.
Now to the real stars of this week, the 2018 Daytime Emmys and its sister ceremony, the 2018 Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards. There was at least one historic win at the ceremonies, with Camryn Grimes, a “Young and the Restless” star and veteran soap actress winning Best Supporting Actress for an LGBTQIA+ role. She is the first to win a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for an LGBTQIA+ role and is currently the oldest actor (at age 28) to do so. According to the Inquistr, her character Mariah fell for the lovely Tess Porter (played by Cait Fairbanks) in 2017 and ultimately came out as bisexual on the series. The win is a triumph for an LGBTQIA+ character in the soap world, as Grimes joins the small club of actors to win a Daytime Emmy for playing an LGBTQIA+ character.
The Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards also gave out honors for LGBTQIA+ content, spotlighting LGBTQIA+ centric stories and content from LGBTQIA+ creators. MTV’s “Undocumented and Afraid: Forbidden,” received the Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement- Topical; written and directed by Tiffany Rhynard, the doc follows 26-year-old gay activist Moises Serrano as he travels through his home state of North Carolina. The special was a personal, heartfelt tale, speaking to Serrano’s experiences as an LGBTQIA+ undocumented immigrant.
Up next was Logo’s documentary “Kevin Aucoin: Beauty & The Beast In Me,” which earned a golden statue for Outstanding Special Class Special. Aucoin was a legendary makeup artist and gay rights activist who passed away in 2002 from an undiagnosed pituitary tumor and an addiction to painkillers. The documentary is based an archive of personal tapes kept by the world-renowned artist, alongside interviews from supermodel friends Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta, Andie MacDowell and more. The film also delves into Aucoin’s early beginnings, juxtaposing his early struggles to survive as an adopted gay kid in a homophobic Southern town with his rise to fame in the ’90s world of glamorous supermodels.
Last but not least was Amazon’s animated series “Danger & Eggs,” which won for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. The series hails from trans comics author Shadi Petosky and features D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her best friend Philip (Eric Knobel), a huge talking egg, who create fantastical stories in their local Park. “Danger & Eggs” has been critically acclaimed for its LGBTQIA+ inclusive characters and storylines, making the win even sweeter.