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I was prepared for the same old boring acceptance speech, but then she went there.

It's pretty incredible that "Transparent," a TV show about a trans woman coming out while raising a family, won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best TV Series Comedy. But the acceptance speech from Executive Producer/Director Jill Soloway confirms why this win was so very important for not only the trans community, but the world.

I want to thank the trans community. They are our family. They make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young. And it's dedicated to you, my trans parent, my moppa. You're watching at home right now. I just wanna 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're gonna teach the world something about authenticity, truth, and love. To love!
— Jill Soloway


So why exactly is this such a big deal?


In December 2014, 17-year-old trans teen Leelah Alcorn committed suicide, leaving behind a heartbreaking suicide note on her Tumblr citing depression and continuing struggles with her parents over her gender identity. This sparked an important conversation about the struggles of LGBTQ youth, especially those who are trans.

There are still so many people who don't understand what it means to be trans and therefore have a difficult time understanding and accepting their friends, family, and coworkers when they come out. It's so important to continue telling trans stories to not only encourage others to value and embrace their gender identity, but also to educate others and promote love and acceptance.

In Soloway's speech, she refers to her "Moppa," which is a combination of the words "mama" and "poppa." This is an important detail because Soloway has said in interviews that she wrote "Transparent" as a response to her own experience with her Moppa's transition. So while "Transparent" is technically a work of fiction, it comes from a place of honesty and experience, which is really beautiful.

Full disclosure: I haven't seen "Transparent" — yet — but considering all the good things I've heard about it, along with Jill Soloway's incredibly touching speech, I clearly need to get on the bandwagon. Check out the season one trailer below.



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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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