Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ writer dedicates Golden Globe to Leelah Alcorn

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Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ won Best Television Series at the Golden Globes last night, and the show’s writer took to the stage to dedicate the honour to trans teen Leelah Alcorn who killed herself last month.

Amazon Prime’s ‘Transparent’ was named the Best TV Comedy, and Jeffrey Tambor was named Best Actor in a TV Comedy for his role playing a transgender mother.

The show’s writer and producer Jill Soloway dedicated the programme to trans teen Leelah Alcorn, who killed herself by stepping in front of a truck last month.

17-year-old Alcorn from Ohio posted a heartbrekaing suicide note on Tumblr, citing her parent’s refusal to accept her trans status, and calling for better education and awareness, before taking her own life by stepping in front of a truck.

Despite the death, her mother Carla Alcorn continued to refuse to use female pronouns, saying: “We don’t support that”.

Soloway said: “This award is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn and transgender people who died too young.”

“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn … And I just want to thank you for coming out,” Soloway continued.

“Maybe we’ll teach the world something about authenticity, and truth, and love…. to love.”

Tambor also thanked the trans community in accepting the award, saying: “Thank you for your courage… Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your inspiration. And thank you for letting us be a part of the change.”

It is believed that Tambor’s Golden Globe was the first to have been won for playing a transgender character.