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#EmmysSoDiverse: LGBT Twitter and Allies React to Inclusive Awards

Ben Mendelsohn

The Emmy Awards had numerous wins for LGBT folks and people of color. Here are the highlights in a Twitter roundup.

Sunday's 2016 Emmy Awards put the Oscars to shame when it came to diversity and representation. Several winners were LGBT folks and people of color. The tone of the evening was one of celebration (and some Trump-bashing), and it ended up being one of the more well-reviewed awards shows in recent memory.

To recap the night's thrills, here are the best, funniest, and most heartfelt responses from LGBT Twitter users and allies.

Veep won best comedy once again, and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home a record seventh Emmy, which was her fifth consecutive win.

Meanwhile, Tatiana Maslany won a long-overdue statue for the amazing job she does playing various clones on Orphan Black.

Rami Malek won for his starring role on Mr. Robot, and Twitter loved it.

Jeffrey Tambor won the best lead actor in a comedy award for his role as a trans woman on Transparent, and his speech about letting trans actors portray trans characters was met with mixed responses. Meanwhile, the best supporting actor in a comedy honor went to Louie Anderson, who played a woman as well, which people couldn't help but notice.

Ben Mendelsohn won an award for doing an excellent job playing *spoiler* a dead character on a show that has been canceled.

Maggie Smith won for her role on Downton Abbey, though she wasn't there to receive the award in person.

A trio of queer women took home Emmy awards tonight: Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live, Sarah Paulson for The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Jill Soloway for her work as a director on Transparent.

American Crime Story won a total of five Emmys, including three acting awards (Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown) and an award for gay series creator Ryan Murphy (Glee,American Horror Story).

Among the night's winners were several people of color, including actress Regina King (American Crime), comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key and Peele, and writers Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang of Master of None.

Grease: Live beat out Beyonce's music video "Lemonade," which caused a buzz in the Beyhive.

People had reactions to the night's other nominees and attendees as well.

Despite a few gripes about certain snubs or failed jokes, people seem to have enjoyed the show, from the host to the writing to the representation. Let's hope next year brings even more excitement and diversity.

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