Patricia Arquette Dedicates Emmys Speech to Trans Rights

Accepting the Emmy award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie for her role in “The Act”, Patricia Arquette gives a heartwarming speech dedicated to transgender rights. In her acceptance speech, Arquette states, “Okay, this is all weird, okay? 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 I’m able to get the best parts of my life. And that’s great but in my heart, I’m so sad. I lost my sister Alexis and that 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.”

Arquette’s transgender sister, Alexis Arquette, died in 2016 at the age of 47 after suffering cardiac arrest. She had suffered from a heart infection and her death certificate also reveals that she had been battling HIV for many years. Alexis was also an actress who advocated for trans rights, alongside other trans celebrities like Laverne Cox.

After the Emmys, Arquette later explained to reporters why she felt the need to speak about her sister in her acceptance speech years after her passing.

“I’m having a wonderful time in my career, I never saw it coming,” she said. “I’m getting the greatest roles of my life, working with great people, but also because I’ve been working so much, I haven’t completely processed my sister Alexis’s death.” She continues to explain how lately she has begun to feel “heavy grief” and it felt like the right thing to do to express her love for her sister during the Emmys last night.

Arquette continues to advocate for trans rights and talks about the importance of all trans people to get equal opportunities, especially in the workplace.

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