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Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series on Sunday night.
It was his second consecutive win in the category. “Please give transgender talent a chance, give them auditions, give them their story,” he said. Tambor then hushed the music that tried to play him off during his acceptance to add, “I would not be unhappy if I was the last cisgendered man to play a transgendered woman.”
The actor beat out Black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson, Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari in, The Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte in, Shameless‘ William H. Macy and Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch. Late Late Show host James Corden handed out the award
Tambor continued his sentiments during his Emmy acceptance speech backstage, where he appeared alongside Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who won an Emmy for directing the comedy.
“I just hope there are more opportunities for transgendered talent,” he said. “I would very much like to be the last cisgender male playing a female transgender role. I think we are there now and I think the powers that be and the creators and writers need to tell these stories and hire these people.”
Soloway extended that pledge to including more voices of trans people behind the camera. “It’s time to hand out the keys to the kingdom and let more people into these roles of writer, director, producer, protagonist,” she said.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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