Good Reception: Neil Patrick Harris Isn't the Only Reason This Year's Emmy Awards Will Once Again Be the Gayest Night on TV

By Kilmer-Purcell, Josh | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), October 2009 | Go to article overview

Good Reception: Neil Patrick Harris Isn't the Only Reason This Year's Emmy Awards Will Once Again Be the Gayest Night on TV


Kilmer-Purcell, Josh, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Our collective disappointment at the Brokeback Mountain snub will forever taint the Oscars, and since Disney took over Broadway the Tonys seem to cater to the tourist trade. But we'll always have the Emmys, right? With Neil Patrick Harris hosting the September 20 award show, this year marks the third time an openly gay actor has emceed the ceremony (after Ellen DeGeneres in 2001 and 2005). In fact, as you'll see here, the Emmys have always been a little gay-friendlier than anybody usually acknowledges.

The made-for-TV-movie Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend was one of prime time's first depictions of a gay man (and, of course, his fag hag), garnering an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing in 1982. Its sitcom adaptation, Love, Sidney, later earned two Emmy nods. Neither version bagged a trophy, but lead actor Tony Randall deserved an honorary Emmy as the gayest-acting straight man in Hollywood history.

Harvey Fierstein was nominated for an Emmy for his 1992 guest appearance on Cheers. He played a potential love interest for Rebecca Howe, Kirstie Alley's character, who mistakenly believed he was straight. Nowadays Kirstie Alley is often mistaken for Harvey Fierstein.

The first recurring lesbian character on television was played by Gail Strickland on the short-lived late-'80s medical drama Heartbeat, Her no-nonsense nurse character paved the way for no-nonsense lez cops on Emmy-winning NYPD Blue, no-nonsense lez lawyers on Emmy-winning L.A. Law, and no-nonsense lez doctors on Emmy-winning ER.

While Vanessa Redgrave and Anne Heche both starred in the lesbian movie If These Walls Could Talk & only Redgrave went on to win an Emmy. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Good Reception: Neil Patrick Harris Isn't the Only Reason This Year's Emmy Awards Will Once Again Be the Gayest Night on TV
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.