If you are on TV and identify as gender non-binary, how can your performances be recognised? The Emmys set a great example by allowing anyone of any gender to apply to any category for any reason. This flexibility is admirable and innovative, but does it go far enough?
Some Associations have already scrapped gender based categories like 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actress' in favour of subject based awards, like 'best performance in a drama'. So is this the future?
Although this may sound frivolous, in a world where celebrity appears to be king, these high profile ceremonies have a potentially huge impact on social trends. If they set a gender neutral example, it could play an important part in shaping everyday behaviour and tolerance in other arenas such as the workplace.
The counter argument is that women's categories further diversity and without them, female talent has a higher risk of being overlooked. What do you think!?
When Emmy Award organisers asked Asia Kate Dillon from Billions which category the female-born star wanted to be considered for, it proved a struggle because the performer identifies as gender non-binary.What to go for - best actor or best actress?The dilemma opened up a dialogue with Emmy organisers after Dillon wrote a letter to the Academy.The star asked: "I'd like to know if in your eyes 'actor' and 'actress' denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place?" The Emmys explained that "anyone can submit under either category for any reason. The Academy supports anyone's choice to do that, and the Academy is not going to do any sort of check",