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    Here Are The LGBTQ Nominees For The 2022 Primetime Emmys

    And the 2022 Emmy nominees are...very queer! Here's your guide to the LGBTQ performers to look out for!

    The 2022 Primetime Emmy nominations are here!

    Close-up of an Emmy Award

    Bowen Yang — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy


    Bowen Yang has been a standout since he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2019, garnering memes and laughs with ease while making history when he became the first SNL featured player to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2021.

    The Las Culturistas podcast cohost started off summer 2022 with Fire Island, one of the best gay rom-coms of all time, and will star in Billy Eichner's Bros later this year.

    Hannah Einbinder — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

    Comedian Hannah Einbinder during an interview in 2022 on "THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON"

    Hannah Einbinder shot to the forefront of everyone's mind when she stunned us all in the HBO Max hit Hacks.

    With this year bringing in her second straight nomination, the bisexual comedian recently appeared in the all-winners edition of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7 and has been doing a stand-up tour all summer. 

    Hacks did big numbers in the other categories it qualified for, garnering 17 nominations, including Best Comedy Series.

    Kate McKinnon — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

    Kate McKinnon attends Peacock's "Joe vs Carole" photo call in 2022

    Saturday Night Live legend Kate McKinnon earned her ninth nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy in her last season on the show.

    She has two wins under her belt, from 2016 and 2017, and has booked a role in the highly anticipated Barbie movie, coming next year.

    RuPaul Charles — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

    RuPaul on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    RuPaul will and can never be stopped!

    The host of the drag queen competition juggernaut has let the world know that Drag Race is a force to be reckoned with, as it once again dominates the reality show categories.

    The show earned 11 nominations, including its sixth consecutive Outstanding Competition Program nomination and RuPaul for Best Reality Host, which he's won the last five times.

    Queer Eye — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

    The cohosts of Queer Eye (Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski) during an interview in 2022 on "THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON"

    Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness were once again nominated for their work on Netflix's 2018 Queer Eye reboot.

    The Netflix queer icons and the show have been nominated in various categories since the show first aired, and have inspired reboots around the world.

    Queer Eye is filming its seventh season later this year.

    Sarah Paulson — Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

    Sarah Paulson on the red carpet at the 75th Annual Tony Awards in 2022

    She's done it again. Then again, what do you expect from THE legend Sarah Paulson?

    Paulson teaming with Ryan Murphy once again did them both good, earning her an eighth Emmy nomination for her work in Impeachment: American Crime Story as Linda Tripp in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

    Her work in the previous The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, as Marcia Clark, gave her her first Emmy, so let's see if she gets a second win.

    Murray Bartlett — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

    Murray Bartlett poses at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards in 2022

    Murray Bartlett, the man behind the most talked about ass-eating scene on television this year, is getting rewarded with an Emmy nomination.

    While the former Looking star has long been a fan favorite, his first nomination has come for his role as the stressed-out manager in The White Lotus. The show dominated this year's nominations, with 20 nominations in total.

    Bisexual director Mike White and queer icon Jennifer Coolidge were among those also nominated for the show about the horrors of white people at a resort.

    Colman Domingo — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

    Colman Domingo smiles in the IMDb Portrait Studio at the 2022 Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival opening night

    Euphoria standout Colman Domingo may get the chance to add an Emmy next to his Tony Award if things go his way later this year.

    The Zola and Fear the Walking Dead actor joins Zendaya, Martha Kelly, and Sydney Sweeney with nominations for his work on the second season of Euphoria, which was also nominated for Best Drama Series.

    He will star in a new adaptation of The Color Purple and be the lead in a Bayard Rustin biopic in 2023.

    Nathan Lane — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 12: Nathan Lane attends the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

    Broadway legend and six-time Tony winner Nathan Lane earned his seventh nomination as a guest actor for his work in Only Murders in the Building as Teddy Dimas, making him the most nominated Guest Actor nominee (in a comedy or drama series) in Emmy history.

    With roles ranging from Roy Cohn in Angels in America to Timon in The Lion King, Lane is an undeniable great who has been in pretty much everything. 

    His work across almost four decades has made him one of the best working actors in television, stage, and film.

    Nicole Byer — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

    Nicole Byer attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE in 2021

    The Nailed It! host has earned her second nomination for Best Host while also earning an Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special nomination for her first full-length special, Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo).

    The comedian also stars in the NBC comedy Grand Crew and hosts the reboot of Wipeout with John Cena.

    The Why Won't You Date Me? podcast host has been one of the best comics of the last decade, as also evidenced by her appearances on Girl Code and RuPaul's Drag Race (make her a permanent judge already!), among so many more!

    Lady Gaga — Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform live at Radio City Music Hall in 2021

    Mother Monster stays winning! Or at least being nominated.

    Although the four-time Emmy nominee has a Golden Globe under her belt for her acting, her Emmy noms have mostly come from her music specials, including two with Tony Bennett.

    Her Grammy-winning collaborations with Bennett inspired recordings of their live specials, which feature an array of classics performed by the duo. Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, making these recordings some of his last performances.

    Jane Lynch — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

    Jane Lynch as Sazz in Only Murders in the Building

    Five-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch has earned her 13th nomination for her work in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building in a guest-starring role.

    Queer directors Jamie Babbit and Cherien Dabis earned nominations for their work on the show, which is also nominated for Best Comedy Series.

    Queer shows galore!

    Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh attend the photo call for BBC America's "Killing Eve" in 2022

    The queer actors aren't the only ones to root for. A lot of shows featured queer themes or characters with mostly straight casts or creators, but any good representation will suffice.

    Comedies like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Abbott Elementary, and What We Do in the Shadows garnered major nominations while featuring many queer themes and characters.

    Drama hits like Severance, Stranger Things, Yellowjackets, Killing Eve, Inventing Anna, and Pam & Tommy also saw some major success in the Primetime categories.

    For a full list of the nominees, check here. You can watch the awards live on Sept. 12 on NBC.