When "Transparent" took home the Golden Globe for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical), it made history for Amazon -- and when producer/writer Jill Soloway took the stage to claim the award, she made us cry.
"This award is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young," was how Soloway kicked off her speech, accepting the Globe on behalf of "Transparent," and invoking the memory of the transgender teen whose suicide became a rallying point for the trans community and its allies late last month.
"Transparent" tells the story of a Los Angeles family whose patriarch, played by Jeffrey Tambor, is in the midst of transitioning to living as a woman.
The show has been credited with increasing the visibility of the roughly 700,000 transgender people currently living in the U.S., and its win tonight was seen as a big one for the cause by the trans community, activists, and by Soloway herself, who held the Golden Globe aloft and expressed her hopes for "Transparent": That "maybe we'll teach the world something about authenticity, and truth, and love."
"To love," she said.
But that wasn't the only Golden Globe for the groundbreaking Amazon series. Jeffrey Tambor took home the award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his brilliant portrayal of Maura Pfefferman, the "moppa" at the heart of the show.
"I want to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community," the actor said. "Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for your patience. And thank you for letting us be apart of the change."