Judith Light, LGBT Activist

Jewish actress Judith Light, 66, currently starring in ‘Transparent,’ spent years helping to break new ground as LGBT activist.


She’s coming clean in ways that were unheard of on television — until now. “Transparent” star Judith Light, 66, who became a household name on the ’80s sitcom “Who’s the Boss” and the soap opera “One Life to Live,” has spent years helping to break new ground as a prominent LGBT activist.

That includes her role as Shelly Pfefferman, the ex-wife of a transgender dad (Jeffrey Tambor), on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Amazon series, which returns for a second season on Dec. 11.

The second season of “Transparent” aims to move past the initial shock of the transition of Tambor’s character from college professor Mort to flowing-dress-wearing Maura and explore other aspects of rarely tread issues of sexuality — including seniors having sex. The latter comes in a graphic bubble bath scene between Tambor and Light.

“It’s the kind of exploration that we’re interested in on this show,” Light told the Daily News. “It’s something that we really haven’t talked about before in pop culture, we haven’t talked about transgender issues, we haven’t talked about mature people’s sexuality,” she says.

“In all honesty, this show is groundbreaking in so many areas — there’s a heart of the show is the humanity of the show and the rawness of the show is SOMETHING’S MISSING HERE the we’ve never really seen before on television.”

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