The 68th Annual Television Academy Emmys were tonight, September 18th.
T.V. has certainly changed in those 68 years.
In 2016, we can watch T.V. on our phones. 68 years ago, they still had rotary phones.
The change in television is often a reflection of the change in society.
Tonight, Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy for playing the role of Maura in Amazon Prime’s Transparent.
I could wax poetic about Transparent day and night.
It follows Maura Pfefferman, a trans woman, played by the aforementioned Jeffrey Tambor. Maura has three children, and has been living in the closet her entire life. Her children know her as their dad.
She comes out of the closet at 70.
Jeffrey Tambor plays the role of Maura beautifully.
Tambor, however, is not a trans woman. He is a cis male.
This fact is a bit sad. But there is a bright side. Every single trans character, besides Maura, on Transparent is played by a trans actor.
When Jeffrey Tambor won his Emmy tonight, he acknowledged all of these incredible and inspiring trans actors.
You can see a transcript of his beautiful acceptance speech here.