The push for gender-neutral award categories

Justin David Sullivan, a non-binary actor, requested not be considered for the Tony Awards because of its gendered categories, so we need to talk about the push for award shows to move towards a gender-neutral model.

The Tonys have accepted Sullivan’s request

Justin David Sullivan, who stars in the Broadway musical “& Juliet,” has opted out of consideration for the Tony Awards due to its gendered acting categories. “I hope that award shows across the industry will expand their reach to be able to honor and award people of all gender identities,” Sullivan told the New York Times.

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The Tony Awards have maintained gendered acting categories since its inception in 1947. Other major award shows, such as the Oscars and the Emmys, have done the same. In 2012, The Grammy Awards eliminated many of its gendered categories. Other awards groups such as the MTV Movie & TV Awards and the Film Independent Spirit Awards have followed suit.

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Fellow nonbinary actor Emma Corrin of the “The Crown,” who won a 2021 Golden Globe for Best Performance by a TV Drama Actress, has also spoken out on gendered categories. “It’s difficult for me at the moment trying to justify in my head being non-binary and being nominated in female categories,” Corrin told BBC News. 

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The Tony Awards said in a statement that they recognize that their current acting categories are not fully inclusive and are currently in discussion about how to adjust them. The Tonys have accepted Sullivan’s request and they will not appear on the list of Tony-eligible performers considered for nominations.

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