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Director of Transgender Comedy Uses Emmy Awards Speech to Send 'Civil Rights' Message

“Something interesting about my moppa, Carrie ..."

Jill Soloway began her Emmy Award acceptance speech Sunday night thanking the "goddess," whom she said requested acknowledgment.

Then the director of “Transparent” — a show about a family dealing with their transgender father, which won Soloway best comedy series direction — thanked "my sister Faith, my mom Elaine and my moppa Carrie."

Carrie is Soloway's father, a transgender woman, The Wrap reported.

“Something interesting about my moppa, Carrie," Soloway noted. "She could tomorrow go and try to find an apartment, and in 32 states it would be legal for the landlord to look her in the eye and say, ‘We don’t rent to trans people.'”

“We don’t have a trans tipping point yet, we have a trans civil rights problem,” she said, adding that viewers should sign up to support a proposed Trans Equality Bill at

The site crashed after Soloway’s speech, the Wrap reported.

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