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Emmy Awarded to 1st Openly Gay Black Actor in Lead Role, as Trans Activists Shine Light on SCOTUS Case

HeadlineSep 23, 2019

In entertainment news, at last night’s Emmy Awards, Billy Porter became the first openly gay African-American man to win an Emmy for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Pose.”

Meanwhile, Jharrel Jerome won the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his role as Korey Wise in Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” about the case of the “Central Park Five.” Jerome paid tribute to the “exonerated” — the five teenagers of color who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

And actors and trans activists Laverne Cox and Indya Moore appeared on the red carpet with ACLU attorney Chase Strangio to draw attention to an upcoming Supreme Court case that could affect the lives of transgender employees in the United States.

Chase Strangio: “October 8th, everyone should be aware that the administration is asking the Supreme Court to make it legal to fire workers just because they’re LGBTQ. And this is actually going to transform the lives of LGBTQ people and people who are not LGBTQ, anyone who departs from sex stereotypes, like all the fabulous people here, for example. So we really need to show up October 8th and pay attention, because our lives are really on the line.”

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