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The great Judith Light has long juggled her acting work with LGBT activism and she’s still going strong

It’s rare that I am as big a fan of someone for their acting work as I am of them as a person.

Judith Light is one of those people.

She has been in the trenches fighting for equal rights for LGBT community for decades and was one of the first celebrities to publicly join the fight against AIDS.

Back then, the was the popular star of the ABC sitcom Who’s the Boss and had previously win two Emmy Awards for her role as a housewife turned hooker on the daytime soap One Life to Live.

‘It was the LGBTQ community that inspired me to be the kind of person I wanted to be. I wanted to be authentic and courageous, and for so long I wasn’t,’ Light tells PrideSource in an interview posted earlier today.

‘When I began doing a lot of advocacy work in the early ’80s for HIV and AIDS, I saw the community and the way the community was operating against all odds, against a world and a culture and country that gave them nothing and denigrated them. … I looked at this community and said, “This is breathtaking. This is the kind of world and people I want to be around. These are the kind of people I want to be working with.”‘

Light, now 66, was determined to do whatever she could to help.

‘I said, “We have to tell the truth about what’s really going on here.” My friends and the community were dying in droves and two presidents wouldn’t even say the word “AIDS.” It was reprehensible to me.

‘It was the lack of compassion, the lack of humanity and the pretending that this was something else that it wasn’t. It was sheer unadulterated homophobia and I couldn’t … I didn’t… I wanted to be like the community.’

Light latest TV role is that of Shelly Pfefferman on the acclaimed series Transparent that centers around a college professor who transitions to female at the age of 70.

The series had its second season premiere last week and this week received multiple Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations.

‘ … When the success happened, we were all so grateful for it that we had to make sure when we came back for the second season that we were as responsible as we could possibly be.,’ she says of the show’s transgender storyline. ‘We feel very responsible to do the right thing.’

But she points out the show is not just about being transgender.

‘It’s also about humanity and people – and people living their truth and being honest and authentic and courageous.’

Light, who won Tony Awards in 2012 and 2013 for her work on Broadway, was nominated today for a Golden Globe for TV supporting actress for her role on the show.

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  1. One of our strongest allies and LGBTQ supporters. She’s a wonderful actress and beautiful person. I love this woman!

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