Jill Soloway Reminds Us All to Support the Trans Community in Poignant Emmys Speech
Although the Emmys are over and the buzz has slowly subsided, there are some moments in particular that seem to linger longer than others, like when "Transparent" director Jill Soloway illuminated the importance of supporting the trans community.
"I've always wanted to be part of a movement — civil rights movement, the feminist movement," Soloway said. "This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikeable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them the heroes."
She praised the trans community, and made a booming declaration to Hollywood.
"We need to stop violence against transgender women and topple the patriarchy. Topple the patriarchy!"
In a similar acceptance speech, two-time Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor shed light on trans talent in Hollywood specifically as there has been a trajectory of casting cisgender actors to play trans characters.
"Please give transgender talent a chance," Tambor told the audience after winning the Lead Actor in a Comedy category. "Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. And also, one more thing, I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male playing a female transgender on television. We have work to do."
It seems people heard the call, too. Some took it to Twitter to show appreciation for their words.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 19, 2016
— GeenaDavisInstitute (@GDIGM) September 19, 2016
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) September 19, 2016
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) September 19, 2016
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) September 19, 2016
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