Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy Acceptance Speech For Comedy Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor

Written by Billy Procida

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor accepted his second “Transparent” Emmy — and made an appeal. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

Jeffrey Tambor’s most coveted role may be The Last Cis Man. The Transparent star won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the second time at the 68th annual Emmy Awards. This was his second win in eight Emmy nominations, having previously been recognized for The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development. Amazon’s critically-acclaimed original series stars Tambor as a transgender woman Maura Pfefferman. Transparent won a total of three Emmys (and nominated for ten), including creator Jill Soloway’s win for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

Transparent—and films such as Dallas Buyer’s Club and The Danish Girl—have stoked controversy in Hollywood. Producers and decision makers have been challenged on if cisgender men should play trans women in movies and television shows. Throughout press coverage for the comedy (and last year’s Emmy Award acceptance speech), the actor has made sure to use his celebrity platform to promote civil liberties for trans people. His Sunday night speech pleaded to Hollywood, “I’m not going to say this beautifully: to you people out there—you producers and network owners, and agents, and you creative sparks—please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story.” He warmly closed, “I would be happy if I were the last cisgender male to play a transgender female.”

Watch Jeffrey Tambor’s heartwarming acceptance speech in full below.

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