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Hacks, I May Destroy You, Pose rule LGBTQ Critics' Dorian TV Awards
--From a press release

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AUGUST 29, 2021—HOLLYWOOD, CA—Venerable actress Jean Smart; Saturday Night Live wit Bowen Yang; rising satirist Ziwe; Pose co-creator Steven Canals; teen heartthrob Michael Cimino, of Hulu's Love, Victor; and revered British TV writer Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Dr. Who) were some of the notables expressing gratitude in GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics' Dorians TV Toast 2021, a mix of award reveals, interview segments and entertainment that subscription channels Here TV and YouTube's PlanetOut aired Aug. 29. Veteran West Coast radio personality and LGBTQ rights activist Karel was the pre-recorded special's lively host.

Multi-award winning actress Patricia Arquette; Jennifer Beals (currently starring in Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q); iconic actress-singer Olivia Newton-John; Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); The Nanny's Fran Drescher; rapper/reality star Big Freedia (Big Freedia Bounces Back); SNL cast member Punkie Johnson; Pose costar Leyna Bloom (recently the first transgender woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue); Big Sky's Jesse James Keitel; Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (of the new Disney+ sitcom update, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.); ABC entertainment reporter Karl Schmid; actor-comic John Lehr (Hulu's Quick Draw); and TV icon Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) all helped present this latest Dorians program.

The awards, voted upon by GALECA's 320 members in the United States and beyond, go to all of film and TV, mainstream to LGBTQ (the film awards are held in spring).

The organization chose the highly emotional final season of FX's groundbreaking Pose—about an LGBTQ clique navigating AIDS, bigotry and drag-ball culture in '80s and '90s New York—as Best TV Drama. This marks the series' third Dorian win in the category.

Best LGBTQ TV Show went to the HBO Max miniseries It's a Sin, creator-producer Davies' not dissimilar tale of a group of London friends also facing the onset of the AIDS crisis. In a special segment in the toast, Davies expressed the wish that people would take all pandemics more seriously. Sin costars Stephen Fry, Callum Scott Howells and Nathaniel Curtis also made appearances.

Smart won Best TV Performance, as did, in a rare tie, Michaela Coel, star-creator of HBO's semi-autobiographical I May Destroy You. The star's sly performance in Hacks as a sitcom ingénue turned jaded, if super-rich, standup comic dovetailed with her freshman HBO Max hit's win for Best TV Comedy. The actress, beloved in series from Designing Women to Legion, made a point to give special thanks to her on-screen foil Hannah Einbinder—who later made a surprise appearance in the virtual toast.

Destroy, meanwhile, slayed the likes of Marvel's ambitious superhero fantasy WandaVision and HBO's Kate Winslet-driven mystery Mare of Easttown to earn Best TV Movie or Miniseries. Accepting on behalf of Destroy's team was the drama's Dorian-nominated costar Paapa Essiedu.

In a special segment, fresh comedian Ziwe discussed the impetus behind her Showtime series ZIWE, a topical hybrid of sketch comedy and issue-minded talk shows. The star opened up about her influences and how she hopes to inform and bring disparate sides together via humor.

Yang, who scored big laughs on SNL last season personifying the (somewhat bitter) iceberg that sank the Titanic and helping skewer corporate America's appropriation of Pride Month, won the Society's special Wilde Wit accolade, presented by his NBC series costar Punkie Johnson. Yang, who tied in the category with Coel, said he happened to be a major fan of the award's namesake, Oscar Wilde, so his Dorian Award win felt "a little too on-the-nose."

Accepting RuPaul's Drag Race's Best Reality Show win, season 13 contestant Kade Gottlieb—without the elaborate makeup and glitter of his drag persona Gottmik—attested in a chat to just how wild and real the VH1 phenomenon's backstage drama is.

Nick Kroll, co-creator and starring voice of Netflix's animated series Big Mouth, joined trans actress Josie Totah (Saved by the Bell)—who guest-voices as a trans teen on the hit—for a talk about the importance of representation and how "cartoons" can be more unbridled than live-action shows in addressing societal issues.

As previously announced, actress-singer Michaela Jae (Mj) Rodriguez received GALECA's second-ever LGBTQIA Trailblazer Award "for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity." In her interview segment, Rodriguez, the first transgender actress to be nominated for a leading-actress Emmy ® (for Pose), embraced her status as a role model. "There's a generation behind me that needs to know what transness looks like," she said. "I'm going to keep trying my best and instill hope."

Host Karel, for one, was quite affected by this latest Dorian Awards. "To hear Russell T Davies speak of the real, incurable virus looming—Trumpism—or to hear Michaela Jaé Rodriguez talk about how she learned so much about AIDS to get her character right, well, I'm so glad I can help produce and host a show that amplifies such important voices," said Karel. "When Michael Cimino from Love, Victor—our Best Unsung TV Show winner—calls the Dorians a 'safe space,' I nearly cried."

"We are elated to part of tonight's show and hope that audiences worldwide on Here TV and PlanetOut got as much of a kick out of the celebration as we did," added Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media, which has made the Dorians TV Toast 2021 available to view any time on the Here TV app ( and the PlanetOut YouTube channel.

Additional Dorians Toast highlights:

- Olivia Newton-John presented the Campiest TV Show race, with the Dorian going to the latest edition of the outlandishly lavish European pop performance battle Eurovision Song Contest, which aired in May on Peacock. Back in 1974's Eurovision, Newton-John noted with a cheeky smile, "I placed fourth—fourth!" (ABBA won). In accepting the affectionately-given honor via video, the contest's cohost, Dutch pop star Edsilia Rombley, invited fans to come to host-country Italy for next year's installment.

- The New York Times' Samantha Stark, director and a producer of Best TV Documentary or Documentary Series winner Framing Britney Spears, talked about why she thinks so many members of the LGBTQ community support the troubled pop star.

- WandaVision's three wins—for Most Visually Striking TV Show, Best Supporting TV Performance (Kathryn Hahn) and Best TV Musical Performance (Hahn and backup singers' rendition of the TV theme-spoofing "Agatha All Along")—were revealed by comic John Lehr in the guise of MSNBC's fast-talking polling expert Steve Kornacki.

- In a video paying homage to MTV's early days, The Voice season five contestant Morgan Mallory sang "Flickering Light," a catchy original pop all about the power of television. Music by Mallory, lyrics by host Karel and Mallory.

- Various GALECA members shared about how shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the '70s sitcom Soap and bilingual family comedy Que Pasa, USA? Impacted their lives.

The Dorians TV Toast 2021 was produced by Karel Media and Brandon Riley Miller Productions with GALECA, with Karel and John Griffiths serving as Executive Producers.

For more information, visit, as well as @DorianAwards on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.




The Crown

Lovecraft Country


* Pose (FX)


The Flight Attendant


* Hacks (HBO Max)


Ted Lasso


I May Destroy You

* It's A Sin (HBO Max)

Love, Victor




*I May Destroy You (HBO)

It's a Sin

Mare of Easttown

Small Axe

The Queen's Gambit


A Black Lady Sketch


* Love, Victor (Hulu)

Search Party


We Are Who We Are


*Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You (HBO)

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad

Elisabeth Olson, WandaVision

Billy Porter, Pose

MJ Rodriguez, Pose

* Jean Smart, Hacks(HBO Max)

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown


Gillian Anderson, The Crown

John Boyega, Small Axe

Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

* Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision (Disney+)

Marielle Heller, The Queen's Gambit

Callum Scott Howells, It's a Sin

Dominique Jackson, Pose

Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live


Lady Gaga, "The Star-Spangled Banner," Biden-Harris Inauguration

Jonathan Groff, "You'll Be Back," Hamilton

* Kathryn Hahn and singers, "Agatha All Along," WandaVision (Disney+)

Elton John & Years & Years, "It's a Sin," BRIT Awards 2021

Punkie Johnson, Anya-Taylor Joy, Lil Nas X, Kate McKinnon, Bowen Yang,

"Pride Month Song," Saturday Night Live

Bowen Yang (as The Iceberg That Sank the Titanic), "Loverboy," Saturday Night Live


* The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (FX)

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Pretend It's a City




Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Amber Ruffin Show

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

* ZIWE (Showtime)


* Big Mouth (Netflix)

Bob's Burgers

Harley Quinn


South Park: The Pandemic Special



Nailed It

Queer Eye

* RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)

The Great British Bake Off



The Crown

Lovecraft Country


Small Axe

The Mandalorian

* WandaVision (Disney+)


At Home with Amy Sedaris

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

* Eurovision Song Contest (Peacock)




To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse

* Michaela Coel

Kathryn Hahn

Fran Lebowitz

Randy Rainbow

* Bowen Yang


For creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity

Michaela Jae (Mj) Rodriguez


GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics sponsors the Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film and TV, mainstream to queer+. The Society helps to remind bullies, bigots and the community's at-risk youth that the world loves the Q eye on great and unique entertainment. An all-volunteer nonprofit professional organization, GALECA consists of over 300 critics and journalists who write for a variety of influential media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Support the group and keep up with its doings @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit .

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