Alim Kheraj
September 19, 2016 4:46 am
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At last night’s Emmys (September 18th), Jeffrey Tambor won a the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in Amazon’s Transparent.

Beating out the likes of Aziz Ansari, William H. Mac, and Anthony Anderson, Tambor used his platform to make an important and vital statement about transgender talent and it had us screaming “YASSSS!!!”

Taking to the stage, the 72-year-old actor, who is also known for his role of Oscar Bluth in Arrested Development, made a passionate plea to studios, producers, networks, agents and creatives to hire more transgender talent.

Tambor’s statement comes weeks after the backlash following the controversial casting of Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker in the upcoming Mark Ruffalo executive produced film Anything.

Transparent creator, Jill Soloway. also picked up an Emmy last night for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

During her speech, Soloway thanked Amazon for helping her spearhead a TV movement.

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This year’s Emmy awards were noted for their celebration of trans, queer, gender and LGBTQ+  politics.

While presenting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Laverne Cox – who, in 2014, became the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy for her role of Sophia in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black – also spoke out about hiring transgender talent.

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Similarly, this year Her Storya web series starring two transgender actors, was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, although the show did not win.

The third season of Transparent begins on September 23rd only on Amazon Prime.

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