November 1, 2019 at 4:46 pm PST | by Staff reports
Daytime Emmy Awards makes history with actor gender identity recognition

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced its out call for entries for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

In a significant change from previous years, NATAS highlighted a new policy telling members and others eligible to vote that performers in gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one that best fits their gender identity

For the Primetime Emmys, administered by NATAS’s sister Academy, non-binary performer Asia Kate Dillon entered Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in keeping with “actor” being a historically non-gendered word.

The Daytime Emmys will honor the category all eligible performers select to best represent themselves.

“The changes we have instituted for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards reflect the increasing diversity of the programs and individuals honored, as well as that of daytime television’s many fans,” said Adam Sharp, NATAS president said in an emailed statement.

“Our Academy is determined to remain on the forefront of inclusiveness in our industry and we’re grateful to GLAAD and other organizations and voices who give their time and wisdom to help shape our competitions,” Sharp added.

Additionally, what were formerly separate Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, respectively, have been combined into a singular non-gendered Younger Performer in a Drama Series. This new category, along with the previously existing non-gendered children’s and animation performer categories gives Daytime the opportunity to assess over time the effects of both methodologies with regards to gender in the awards show space.

“Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people consistently find ourselves on the outside in Hollywood, in a variety of ways,” said Scott Turner Schofield, the first openly transgender actor on a daytime drama (The Bold and the Beautiful).

“This thoughtful inclusion shows NATAS paying attention, listening, and doing the work of increasing inclusion—which will increase acceptance in Hollywood and beyond. I know I am not the only one who feels more proud than ever to be a member of the daytime community because of this positive change.”

NATAS is continuing to seek guidance from LGBTQ community leaders, including GLAAD, regarding the new policy and language. 47th Daytime Emmy® Awards will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA in three separate shows on Friday, June 12th, Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th

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