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Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor Pleads For Transgender Equality in Hollywood in Emmy Speech

"Give them auditions. Give them a story."

Kaitlin Thomas

Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor took home his second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Sunday, for his performance as the transgender woman Maura Pfefferman.

After rattling off his customary thanks at the microphone, Tambor then pivoted into an impassioned plea for transgender visibility and equality in Hollywood.

"To you people out there, you producers and you network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance," he begged. "Give them auditions. Give them a story. Do that."

"And also, one more thing," the actor continued, "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television."

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Tambor's speech comes after last month's major controversy involving the casting of Matt Bomer, an openly gay actor, as a transgender woman in the indie movie Anything.

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