The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) just announced more inclusive, gender-neutral language for some 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards categories. The Outstanding Young Actor/Actress categories will be replaced with a single Outstanding Younger Performer category. Individual performers will be encouraged to enter whichever gendered category they feel best fits them.
This important change comes at a key time. Deadline reported:
"In 2018, Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non-binary and plays a non-binary character on the Showtime series, questioned the Television Academy’s gender-specific categories. They felt that there was not a space for them as a non-binary individual."
""Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people consistently find ourselves on the outside in Hollywood, in a variety of ways. his thoughtful inclusion shows NATAS paying attention, listening, and doing the work of increasing inclusion— which will increase acceptance in Hollywood and beyond. I know I am not the only one who feels more proud than ever to be a member of the daytime community because of this positive change.”"
The 2020 ceremony will also include three new awards: Outstanding Young Adult Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program, and Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling.