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The Screen Actors Guild Awards last weekend showed the Oscars how it’s done – with a red carpet dominated by LGBT people and LGBT-themed shows, including a large number of trans and black women.
While the Oscars snubbed black actors and directors, black actor and singer Queen Latifah grabbed an award for her performance in HBO’s beautiful biopic Bessie as the titular bisexual blues singer. Queen Latifah is a regular at LGBT prides around the country, although she chooses not to answer questions about her own sexuality publicly.
LGBT favourite Orange is the New Black (which has a number of LGBT cast members) won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
While Amazon original show Transparent (which has been renewed for a third season) doesn’t feature a trans lead (that role is controversially played by cis male performer Jeffery Tambor, who has played a trans woman before), star Tambor picked up an award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor.
The red carpet was also a veritable showcase of trans women, including Alexandra Billings, Laverne Cox, Trace Lysette, Our Lady J and Hari Nef.
Tracy Lysette, who stars in comedy Transparent, wrote of the event on Instagram:
‘Grateful for moments like this. To share space with my sister @lavernecox on such an occasion is a blessing. This woman has such a big heart. Trans gals doing our thing!’ she said.
Hari Nef, Lysette’s Transparent co-star, Hari Nef added a note, however, about allyship being more than endorsement:
— hari nef (@harinef) January 31, 2016
Singer/songwriter and Transparent writer Our Lady J said:
‘I can’t believe we’ve come so far,’ she said.
We like to imagine this was the moment Queen Latifah and Laverne Cox discussed the lack of diversity at the Oscars: