The Emmy Awards ceremony took place in Hollywood over the weekend. They did two nights, because there are so many awards these days. Some good stuff went down. Game of Thrones won big, of course. Jessica Jones won for its theme music. Ru Paul won Best Reality TV Presenter. But I want to focus on the Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category, for which Her Story was a finalist.
Lots of trans people have been nominated for, and even won, Emmys in the past, most notably Angela Morley. However, I’m pretty sure this is the first time that a show written by and starring trans people, telling the stories of trans people, has been up for the award. They didn’t win, but it is a landmark achievement all the same. All of the other finalists were on major TV channels. Her Story went out on YouTube.
Of course there was a red carpet and, while cisnormative beauty standards are by no means a requirement for trans women, I am that sort of girl who loves a good ballgown. I’ve done a few award ceremonies myself in the past, and I have to say that Angelica Ross and Jen Richards put me totally to shame. Rock on, girls, you are so inspiring.