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Huffman's Big Night Huge for Transgender Community

Best Actress Nomination of Felicity Huffman Opens Doors


Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress, Felicity Huffman, is in for a big night tomorrow when the 78th Annual Academy Awards take place. Her nomination for portraying a transgender woman in TransAmerica, though, has significance far beyond any award.

"The success of this film has created an opening for innumerable conversations about transgender issues," said Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "In addition to her knockout performance, Felicity's grace and generosity in interviews have helped to create an environment in which people are not scared to ask important questions about the lives of transgender people."

Ms. Huffman and TransAmerica's writer/director, Duncan Tucker, created a complex character struggling, and often stumbling, to show her true self to the world. In the film, Huffman?s character, Bree, meets the son she never knew she had and confronts the family who never knew her for who she is.

"Bree's experiences are not universal for all transgender people, but her unwillingness to be a victim, her journey of discovering her true self, and her triumph over her life's challenges resonate clearly with us," said Cecilia Chung, Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center. "Our hope is that following the success of TransAmerica more writers, producers, and actors will look for ways to bring to life the positive attributes and strengths of our community."

National Center for Transgender Equality
NCTE is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

Transgender Law Center
TLC is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities through direct legal services, education, community organizing, and policy and media advocacy.

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