Jill Soloway to Receive Point Foundation Honor
"There’s a similarity between what I try to do in my work and what Point’s scholarship recipients are accomplishing in getting their degrees and living their lives authentically," the 'Transparent' creator said.
Jill Soloway will soon have new points to put on that résumé. The Point Foundation — the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit — has announced that the org will honor the Emmy-winning creator of Transparent with the Point Impact Award at a Los Angeles gala scheduled for Oct. 7.
The honor is reserved for "an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community," and Soloway certainly fits the bill. The connections don't end there.
“There’s a similarity between what I try to do in my work and what Point’s scholarship recipients are accomplishing in getting their degrees and living their lives authentically,” said Soloway in a statement. “My aim is to put people who often have not had a voice at the center of the story. Point Scholars are student leaders and newly minted graduates who are in control of their stories and are ready to change the world. Whether we are filmmakers, doctors, lawyers — we, as LGBTQ+ people, will not be silent or invisible.”
Point Foundation's Jorge Valencia, executive director and chief executive officer, praised Soloway as an "extended member" of the Point family, noting how honorary board member Judith Light and foundation alum Rhys Ernst are both employed on Transparent. “Many of our scholarship recipients are redefining gender and sexual identity and Jill Soloway is right there with them, educating millions through groundbreaking work in TV and film,” he said.
Past recipients of the prize include Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff and Robin Roberts.
Soloway, who recently identified as non-binary and, thus, prefers they pronouns, is prepping for the release of season four of Transparent. The Amazon series is up for seven Emmy Awards this year. Soloway has already won two for their work on the groundbreaking series, which they followed up with I Love Dick, also for Amazon. Soloway is known to be a champion of art that includes, celebrates and amplifies diverse voices.
More information about the Point Foundation event can be found here.