"Transparent" Creator Jill Soloway Has A Message for Discriminatory Landlords

September 21st 2015

Mike Vainisi

Jill Soloway just won the Emmy for Best Director in a Comedy for her work in "Transparent," a show created by Soloway that centers on the story of a father, played by Jeffrey Tambor, coming out as trans to his family. A few minutes later, Tambor joined Soloway, winning a Best Actor Emmy for his role in "Transparent." The show has been acclaimed for its depiction of the trans community.

Soloway used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to discuss discrimination against trans people. She pointed out that her own father, who came out as trans five years ago, still faces housing discrimination in much of the U.S. According to the Transgender Law Center, only 19 states plus Washington, D.C., have statewide anti-discrimination protections for trans people. 

"We don't have a trans tipping point, yet. We have a trans civil rights problem," Soloway said.

Tambor also used his acceptance speech to highlight the trans community.

"Not to repeat myself, but to specifically repeat myself: I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community," Tambor said. "Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your story. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for letting us be part of the change."

Here's how Twitter reacted to these moments: