Transparent Creator: “We Still Have A Trans Civil Rights Problem”

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Jill Soloway may have taken home a major Emmy win tonight for Transparent, but the series creator — who is also the child of a transgender parent — wants the world to know that the United States is still a scary place for trans community members. After thanking the goddess (naturally), the Amazon team, and her cast and crew, Soloway expressed gratitude for her own "mapa." She also reminded audiences that, in 32 states, it's still legal to refuse housing to a trans person. "We don't have a trans tipping point yet," Soloway explained during her Emmy award acceptance speech. "We have a trans civil rights problem." We certainly do — and even though Hollywood has made major strides in representing the trans experience, there's still a long way to go. Jeffrey Tambor, who took home an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Maura Pfefferman on the Amazon hit, echoed Soloway's sentiments, and saved the final moments of his speech to honor members of the trans community. "I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you for your patience," he said. "Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of the change. God bless you."

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