With reporting by Josh Horowitz
On January 11, at the 2015 Golden Globes, television history was made -- because not only did a show streaming on Amazon win Best Comedy series, but a show about a father of three transitioning into a woman won best comedy series. To say that this "Transparent" win was a major milestone for the LGBT community is an understatement, and the series' star, Jeffrey Tambor (who also won Best Actor) is thrilled to see how far it has come -- and that President Obama addressed the trans community in his State of the Union address on January 20.
"We are so, so pleased," Tambor, who was at the Sundance Film Festival to promote "The D Train," told MTV News. "We know the responsibility, here. The recognition of the trans community and the freedom that is going forward -- I don't think we caused it, but I was so elated in Obama's speech that he mentioned the transgendered community."
"It's huge," Tambor's "Transparent" and "D Train" costar Kathryn Hahn added. "Huge!"
Tambor also said that most of the response to the show has been positive, but even some of the not-so-positive takes on "Transparent" -- with a common gripe being that its lead is played by a straight man, not a trans actor -- is a valuable part of the conversation.
"The conversation needs to go forward and forward and forward and forward," Tambor added. "Quite frankly, as we're walking around [Sundance] people are saying very, very nice things, and people from the transgendered community are coming up to me and saying very nice things. There's a little push back, and that's part of the conversation, too. [Creator] Jill [Soloway] and I, and Kathryn, keep looking at each other, going 'This is so big. We are so honored.' "
"Transparent" is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and "The D Train" is screening at Sundance.