Lena Waithe Part of Out Magazine’s OUT100 as Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Lena Waithe for making the 2017 OUT100 list!

In September, Waithe made history by becoming the first African-American and LGBTQ woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. She shared the honour with the show’s star, Aziz Ansari for the “Thanksgiving” episode.

For this historic win, Waithe has been chosen as Artist of the Year for in Out Magazine‘s OUT100. Waithe shared why the win was so important to her, telling Out, “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.”

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Lena Waithe (Courtesy of Out Magazine)

Waithe knew that the episode would be an important one for members of the LGBTQ community and said, “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.”

Be sure to let us know what you think of Lena Waithe being named Artist of the Year by Out Magazine in the comment section below.

Next up for Waithe is writing on upcoming drama series, The Chi, a part in Steven Spielberg’s, Ready Player One and working on a new sitcom called, Twenties which Waithe calls “revolutionary”.

Source: Out Magazine

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