Lena Waithe Named Artist of the Year by Out Magazine

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When Lena Waithe accepted an Emmy Award in September alongside her Master of None collaborator Aziz Ansari — making her the first black woman to win for best writing in a comedy series — she delivered an acceptance speech that turned heads and warmed hearts. The New York Times noted the historical moment with a headline that called it "an Emmys Speech for Right Now." It was, for lack of a better term, a moment, not only for the 33-year-old but for the "LGBTQIA family" she singled out.

The publication which celebrates that family is giving Waithe another moment. 

Out magazine has just named Waithe its Artist of the Year, an honor unveiled today as part of its annual Out 100 list. The 22nd version of the list, celebrating "the extraordinary contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to the cultural, social and political life of America" per the publication, comes with four special covers and subjects. Waithe appears on one, of course, as does Entertainer of the Year Jonathan Groff, Newsmaker of the Year Chelsea Manning, and Stylemaker of the Year Shayne Oliver.

Hollywood names that appear on the list include Adam Shankman, Alia Shawkat, Andrew Rannells, Angela Robinson, Benj Pasek, Bryan Fuller, MTV's Chris McCarthy, Colton Hayes, Casey Spooner, Gigi Gorgeous, Ilene Chaiken, Jill Soloway, John Waters, Samira Wiley, Sean Hayes and Shannon Purser. The issue, its list and the boldfaced names will be feted Nov. 9 at an Out 100 event (presented by Lexus) at the Altman Building in New York.

The full Out 100 can be found here

While the list is most certainly a moment for Waithe, she also opens up in the issue about the episode that led her to living out the Emmys moment, complete with gold statuette in hand. "I wanted to say something about our community, particularly the queer community — to share that with them because that’s what the story was really about: coming out. It was bigger than me, bigger than one episode of television. To me, that was a moment to really see people in the community and tell them I see them and tell them the things that make us different are actually what make us special. If I wasn’t a queer black woman, I don’t know if I would have been standing on that stage. I hoped that they could see through me that when you tell your story, when you live your authentic life, only good things will come from it."

Good things like landing on lists like the Out 100.