In The Know

Patricia Arquette pushes for transgender rights in Emmy speech: ‘Let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere’

Getty Images

Actress Patricia Arquette used her Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night to push for transgender rights, saying bias is “everywhere.” 

Arquette, who won for best supporting actress in a limited series for her performance in “The Act,” advocated for transgender rights as she said she continues to mourn the death of her sister, Alexis Arquette. 

“And I just have to say, I’m grateful to be working. I’m grateful at 50 to be getting the best parts of my life,” she said, after thanking her family and Hulu. “And that’s great, but in my heart I’m so sad, I lost my sister Alexis. And trans people are still being persecuted.”

{mosads}Alexis Arquette, an actress and transgender activist, died of HIV-related causes in 2016. 

“I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be the rest of my life, for you, until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted,” Patricia Arquette said. “And give them jobs. They’re human beings; let’s give them jobs and let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere.”

Arquette won for her portrayal of Dee Dee Blanchard, the mother of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, in the mini-series based on the real life story of the teen daughter who killed her mother after trying to escape their toxic relationship. 

Joey King, who played Gypsy Rose Blanchard, was nominated for lead actress in a limited series.

Tags alexis arquette Emmy Awards LGBTQ Patricia Arquette Transgender rights movement

The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video