Seven openly gay stars received Emmy
Awards nods as nominations were announced Thursday.
Half of the six men nominated in the
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series are openly gay: Chris Colfer who
plays Kurt Hummel on Fox's musical comedy hit Glee, Neil
Patrick Harris who plays Barney Stinson in CBS' How I Met Your
Mother and Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays gay dad Mitchell
Pritchett on ABC's Modern Family.
Harris is also nominated in the
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category for an appearance
married Jane Lynch is also a double nominee. She's up for
consideration in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Series category for her role as Sue Sylvester, the sharp-tongued
coach of McKinley High whose mission is to ruin the glee club singers
on Glee, and her guest
appearance on CBS' Two And A Half Men has also been nominated.
Lily Tomlin's supporting role as
Marilyn Tobin on FX's legal drama Damages was nominated.
Sir Ian McKellen's interpretation of
Two on AMC's miniseries The Prisoner earned the veteran actor
an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a
Alan Cummings' guest spot in CBS' The
Good Wife will also be considered when the Emmy Awards are
presented live Sunday August 29th on NBC.