Emmy Award winners stand up for equality

Lawrence Kim
September 23, 2019

Patricia Arquette is having a "wonderful time" in her acting career, but the Emmy victor said she is still struggling with the death of her sister. "I'm grateful to at 50 be getting the greatest parts of my life".

"In my heart, I'm so sad", she said.

Upon accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Arquette became emotional as she talked about the difficulties the trans community faces.

Arquette was greeted with cheers as she petitioned for less persecution of and more job security for transgender people, saying "let's get rid of this bias that we have everywhere". She was placed into a medically induced coma and died in September of 2016. "I lost my sister Alexis". While the actress underwent a total-body transformation to play Tilly in the Showtime drama, she said her character differed from herself mostly in her view of sex and sexuality. Over her career the actress, cabaret performer, cartoonist, and activist had featured roles in Friends, Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer, and VH1 series The Surreal Life.

In 2006, Alexis started transitioning.

"I think as an actor or actress, we try to act like everything is fine", said Arquette while holding her trophy backstage.

Laverne Cox, a fellow Emmy nominee, gave Patricia a standing ovation after hearing her call to action.

"And I thought, 'Maybe it's about this case, maybe it's about raising awareness, so that everyone knows our lives are in danger", she said. The two explained that October 8 is the date on which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case debating whether Title VII includes federal employment protections for LGBT people. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America".

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