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Jeffrey Tambor Asks Hollywood to Give Trans Actors a Chance

Jeffrey Tambor accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Transparent onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Kevin Winter—Getty Images Jeffrey Tambor accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Transparent onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016 in Los Angeles.

"I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television"

Jeffrey Tambor’s starring role on Transparent has earned him another Emmy, but on Sunday night, the cisgender actor made a plea to Hollywood to give actual transgender actors more opportunities to perform.

“Now listen to me, I’m not going to say this beautifully,” he said at the end of his acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. “To you people out there, you producers and you network owners and you agents and you creative sparks: please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their stories. Do that. And also one more thing: I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television.”

“We have work to do,” Tambor concluded. “I love you.”

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