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LGBT themes and characters dominate the Emmy nominations

Orange is the new Black

This has been an exceptional year for the representation of LGBT characters and themes portrayed on the small screen and Television Academy chose to honor many of those shows and actors with a prime time Emmy nomination.

Topping the list of nominations is HBO’s Game of Thrones with 19 nods, followed by HBO’s The Normal Heart and the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

While there were a few snubs, most notably Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, the Emmy’s made history today by nominating the first transgender actress Laverne Cox for her role on OINTB.

Here’s a breakdown of the nominated shows and movies that feature LGBT story lines, as well as actor and actresses nominated for portraying an LGBT character.

Best Comedy Series
"Modern Family"
"Orange Is the New Black"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Best Drama Series
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"

Best Miniseries or Movie
"American Horror Story: Coven"

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie
Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Jim Parsons, "The Normal Heart"
Joe Mantello, "The Normal Heart"
Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program
Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in "Orange is the New Black"
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange is the New Black"
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in "Orange is the New Black"

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