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’Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway to be honored at L.A. Equality Awards

2019-08-29

In this file photo, Jill Soloway attends the Amazon Visionary Voices panel at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Feb. 13, 2019. (Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jill Soloway, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-winning series “Transparent,” is going to be honored at the 20th edition of the Los Angeles Equality Awards in September.

The ceremony is a glam’d up celebration of the work achieved by Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ-rights organization in the country, which advocates for the rights of the LGBTQ community at the local, state and national levels.

Soloway, who identifies as non-binary and uses the the third-person pronoun, was selected to receive the Equality Visibility Award for their “transformative work increasing representation of transgender and nonbinary people on television and empowering a generation of LGBTQ artists," the organization’s executive director Rick Zbur told the Hollywood Reporter.

They’re being honored for their leadership work in non-binary representation in Hollywood.

The breakthrough series “Transparent” tells the story of a California family who needs to adapt after the Jewish father comes out as a transgender woman, a plot that was inspired by the coming-out story of Soloway’s parent Carrie.

A critical and commercial hit, “Transparent” was the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award, when it won the Golden Globe for Best Series in 2015. Its fifth and final season, which took the form of a feature-length musical, will be released on Sept. 27, 2019.

News of the award comes during an eventful week for the Emmy-winning director.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Soloway had teamed up with Julianne Moore for an adaptation of the upcoming memoir “Mothertrucker,” by Amy Butcher.

Soloway is set to direct and adapt the not-yet-released book, which will chronicle the author’s friendship with the Instagram star and female ice road trucker Joy Mothertucker, who will be played by Moore.

Since it was founded in 1999, Equality California operates by working to elect pro-equality politicians, fighting for LGBTQ social justice at the judicial level, and lobbying for pro-equality legislation in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C.

The Los Angeles edition of the Equality Awards — one of five different California cities that put up the lavish affair of LGBTQ equality every year — will take place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 28. Other cities that also held the awards are San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs and Sacramento.