Golden Globe Awards: Jeffrey Tambor Dedicates ‘Transparent’ Victory to Transgender Community

“Thank you for letting us be part of the change,” says the Amazon star

Last Updated: January 11, 2015 @ 10:23 PM

Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical on Sunday for his role in the Amazon series “Transparent,” a show in which he plays a transgender woman. Upon accepting the award, the actor dedicated his victory to the transgender community.

“If I may, I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community,” he said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage, for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, and thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

The series, which focuses on transgender woman Maura Pfefferman as she comes out to her family, also won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy.

“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and to many trans people who died too young,” showrunner Jill Soloway said after the victory. “It’s dedicated to you, my transparent, my Moppa. You are watching at home right now, and I just want to thank you for coming out because, in doing so, you made a break for freedom. You told your truth. You taught me how to tell my truth and make this show, and maybe we are going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love.”

In winning Best Performance, Tambor beat out Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Ricky Gervais (“Derek”) and Louis C.K. (“Louie”) to win his first Golden Globe.

Amazon renewed “Transparent” for a second season on Oct. 9, with the digital content provider calling the series its most watched in Prime Instant Video history.