Transparent creator Jill Soloway comes out
She announced she is in a relationship with poet Eileen Myles.
Jill Soloway – the creative genius behind hit TV show ‘Transparent’ – came out during a recent interview.
Soloway is currently dating esteemed poet Eileen Myles – who she says inspired an upcoming storyline in the show’s second season.
It will show one character falling in love with an older female professor – who Soloway admits is based on Myles.
The writers of the show even acquired Myles’ journals in order to make the character more believable.
“I open it up, and the first thing it says is ‘Whoever falls in love with me is in trouble,’” Soloway told the New Yorker.
“It was like she wrote to me without even knowing that I existed.”
The writer says she fell for the poet the moment the pair met.
“We had pretty much an instant connection,” she said.
The Emmy winning writer had already separated from her husband – music supervisor Bruce Gilbert – before she and Myles began their relationship.
However, she said the pair remain close – not least because Gilbert works on ‘Transparent’ too.
“We’ll always do the Jewish holidays together,” she said.
Soloway has previously spoken about how the show is a semi-autobiographical story based on the transition of her own parent from male to female.
When accepting awards on behalf of the series, she has often spoken about her own Moppa – an invented word for a transgender parent also used to refer to Jeffrey Tambor’s character in the series.
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Her real-life Moppa appeared in public for the first time last month, at a White House LGBT reception where the first episode of the show’s second series was aired.
The White House’s LGBT Artists Champions of Change event was part of a programme recognising the achievements of activists on a range of issues.
Soloway shared a picture of Tambor and her parent, writing: “Moppa and Moppa at the White House.”
The writer also posted a picture of her Moppa meeting with Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett.
Transparent returns for a second season next month. Click here to see the latest trailer.