Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Maura
Pfefferman, a transgender woman, on Amazon's Transparent, won
the first Emmy of his long career on Sunday.
Tambor, who won in the Lead Actor in a
Comedy Series category, dedicated his award to the transgender
“I'd like to dedicate my performance
to the transgender community,” Tambor said. “Thank you for your
courage. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your story.
Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of
In January, Transparent made
history as the first online comedy or drama to win a Golden Globe.
On the show, Maura, a retired college
professor of political science, comes out transgender to her family
at the age of 70. Maura's adult children are played by Gaby
Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker, whose character is either
bisexual or gay. Judith Light and Carrie Brownstein also appear on
Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United
States of Tara) created and directs Transparent.
In accepting her Emmy for outstanding
direction, Soloway asked viewers to support the proposed Trans
Equality Bill: “We don't have a trans tipping point yet. We have a
trans civil rights problem.”
A second season of Transparent
is set to debut in December.