Transparent took home three well-deserved Emmys at last night’s awards, but most notable is star Jeffrey Tambor’s win for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
In his acceptance speech, Tambor expressed his gratitude to the trans community:
“This is so big. This is much bigger than me,” he began. “I’d like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you for your patience, 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,” Tambor said onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “God bless you.”
Not everyone was happy when it was announced that Tambor would portray the lead character in Transparent, a middle-aged woman with three adult children coming out of the trans closet late in life.
“What’s disappointing […] is Hollywood ‘transface’ continuing to be the norm. Despite there being talented trans actresses to play trans roles, TV and film directors miscast non-trans male actors instead, many times making a mockery of our womanhood (misgendering), reinforcing stereotypes, suppressing our visibility and disempowering our civil rights. Affirming change is long overdue.” trans journalist and activist Ashley Love said on FrontiersLA in July of 2014 as the show was about to premiere.
In addition to Tambor’s statue, Jill Soloway, the show’s creator and head writer, won an Emmy for Best Directing of a Comedy Series for the episode “Best New Girl,” and Bradley Whitford won the Guest Actor, Comedy category for his portrayal of a transphobic cross-dresser.