When Ryan Murphy accepted the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes this week, he didn't thank his mother or God. He thanked award-winning gay actor Billy Porter, who presented Murphy with his award while wearing a transcendent tuxedo gown, and trans actress MJ Rodriguez, who broke barriers at last year's (untelevised) Golden Globes as the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe.

Citing a litany of their accomplishments, Murphy went on to acknowledge -- by name and hometown, as he had with Porter and Rodriguez -- Niecy Nash-Betts, Matt Bomer and Jeremy Pope. He called them a beacon "of hope and progress."