WITH the Golden Globe awards over for another year, the LGBTI representation in its nominations list has been higher than other years.

In the end, four awards were given to LGBTI-themed TV shows and actors who portray gay or trans* characters.

Transparent, created and directed by Jill Soloway, is a show that revolves around a Los Angeles family after Maura Pfefferman (portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor) comes out to them as trans woman. It was the only LGBTI-themed film or television show that won on the night, taking the Golden Globe for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical).

It wasn’t the only Golden Globe that Transparent won, with Tambour himself also taking the Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical).

Meanwhile, Matt Bomer was the only openly-gay actor to win a Golden Globe, for his role as gay man Felix Turner in the The Normal Heart, a telemovie about the AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. Bomer’s winning category was for the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie.

Although his character has had sexual liaisons with both men and women and he never explicitly identifies as gay or bisexual, Kevin Spacey’s turn as Francis Underwood in House of Cards saw him take the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama).

Other actors who portrayed LGBTI characters who were nominated but didn’t win include Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman (Orange Is the New Black), Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (The Imitation Game)l Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is the New Black) and Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks (The Normal Heart).

While not specifically an LGBTI-themed film, How To Train Your Dragon 2 winning the award for Best Animated Feature Film was noted because of one of its characters, Gobber, subtly comes out as gay — a first for children’s films.

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