Patricia Arquette won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at the 2019 Emmy Awards for her role in Hulu’s “The Act”. She used the acceptance to give a very powerful speech about transgender rights and to mention her sister, Alexis, the actress and transgender activist who tragically lost her life in 2016.
Alexis lost her life due to a cardiac arrest related to HIV in September 2016. She was an actor and transgender activist who transitioned in the early 2000s, and Patricia used her Emmy win to celebrate her and bring awareness to the issue that the LGBTQ+ community faces.
Arquette said that she’s grateful to be working and to be getting the best parts of her life at 50, but in her heart, she is so sad that she lost her sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted.
She said that she’s in mourning, and she will be for the rest of her life for Alexis until we change the world, until 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.” – she added.
Many people responded positively to her speech on social media, and they praised the actress for using the time she had on stage to talk about her late sister Alexis.