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Emmys: Transgender Issues and Politics Dominate Comedy Awards

Transgender and political-themed TV shows were well-represented in the comedy awards category during Sunday’s 67th Primetime Emmy awards.

Amazon’s original family drama Transparent took home a Best Comedy Actor award, for Jeffrey Tambor’s portrayal of Maura Pfefferman, a transgendered woman.”I’d like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community… Thanks for letting us be part of the change,” said Tambor during his speech.

Show creator Jill Soloway won a directing award, and she used her time on stage to advocate for equal rights for the transgender community, saying America has an urgent transgender civil rights problem that needs to be addressed.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the top comedy actress award for her role in HBO’s political satire, Veep, in which Tony Hale also won for best supporting actor.

The Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award also went to Veep, which was written by Simon Blackwell, Armando Lannucci, and Tony Roche.

Bradley Whitford (Transparent) won for Guest Actor, Comedy, while Veep received a total of nine nominations, winning four Sunday, including The Best Comedy Award.

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