In her Emmys acceptance speech for her role in Hulu’s “The Act,” Patricia Arquette called for equal rights for transgender people and addressed grief for her sister Alexis Arquette, a transgender actress who died in 2016 at 47.
“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,” Arquette said.
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Alexis Arquette was a nightclub and cabaret performer, and appeared in several films, including “Pulp Fiction,” “Bride of Chucky” and “The Wedding Singer.” Her transition was documented in the 2007 film, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.”
Below is Patricia Arquette’s full speech.
O.K., this is all weird. O.K. I’m up here with the “Game of Thrones” cast, I mean, my Joey’s there, my beauty, my Joey King. I mean, I can’t believe this is happening, to be honored with these fellow nominees who are so talented and gave a master’s class in acting, each and every one of you. So I’m just terribly grateful for this. Thank you, Hulu. Thank you to my family, my love of my life, Eric White, my kids. 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. And that’s great, but in my heart, I’m so sad. I lost my sister Alexis. And trans people are still being persecuted. And 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. And give them jobs. They’re human beings. Let’s give them jobs. Let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere. Thank you.
Nancy Coleman is a reporter on the Culture desk and a member of the inaugural New York Times fellowship class. @nancylcoleman
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