Transparent creator Jill Soloway just won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and in a sign that 2015 has come to television awards season she name-checked none other than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos during her speech. "Thank you Goddess. I promised the Goddess I would thank her," Soloway said upon taking the stage. "And Amazon. Goddess first, Amazon second."
The award, which came for Soloway's work on the episode "Best New Girl," was the first win of the night for the Amazon show, which soon thereafter picked up the award for best comedic actor for Jeffrey Tambor. Soloway went on to thank Bezos directly for the creative freedom she's been afforded with the show, which stars Tambor as a transgender parent of three.
"We don't have a trans tipping point yet."
Soloway also took the opportunity to draw attention to the widespread discrimination that still exists across the country toward many people in the trans community. In 32 states it would still be legal for a landlord to refuse to rent an apartment to a transgender person, Soloway said. "We don't have a trans tripping point yet," she told the crowd, "we have a trans civil rights problem," urging viewers to visit the website for the National Center for Transgender Equality to help join the fight.