Transparent creator Jill Soloway won the Emmy for Comedy Direction and voiced her happiness at being able to be “part of a movement” by putting queer people at the center of a television series changing the world.
“Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives,” she said before encouraging viewers to “topple the patriarchy.”
Additionally, Kate McKinnon brought home a win early on in the 68th annual Emmy Awards In Los Angeles, snagging the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.
The out lesbian star fought back tears as she thanked some of the women she’s imitated in several now-legendary skits, including Ellen Degeneres and Hillary Clinton.
Sarah Paulson took home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. (Paulson is bisexual.)
One of the evening’s standout moments occurred during Jeffrey Tambor’s acceptance speech. The actor claimed the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman in Transparent and challenged Hollywood to be more inclusive of trans people.
“Listen to me, I’m not gonna say this beautifully, but to you people out there, you producers and network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story,” he said to an applauding audience. “I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female gender on television. We have work to do.”
His sentiments were echoed later in the evening by transgender actress Laverne Cox, who thanked Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan for giving her the opportunity to play her breakout role in the series.
Watch the moving moment from Tambor’s Emmy acceptance speech below.
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