The show's creator, Jill Soloway, chats with PEOPLE about the feedback she received from Jenner's family

By Matthew Cole Weiss
May 28, 2015 09:10 AM
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The hit Amazon show Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender parent, has seemingly had a strong effect on many people, including Bruce Jenner.

“I met Kim Kardashian and she told me they all watched it and loved it,” the show’s creator, Jill Soloway, told PEOPLE at the Television Academy Honors Event in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. “I know Bruce watched it.”

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Not only did the former Olympian, 65, watch the show, but according to Soloway, it seemingly made an impression on him – something she says she’s incredibly proud of.

“Knowing that Transparent helped Bruce to see a family where somebody came out and everybody survived, my first phone call was to my parent to say, ‘Look what your bravery did. Your bravery allowed me to tell this story. And this story allowed this person to come out. This person who is an American hero, and who is now an American hero for the second time. And who happens to be the patriarch of the most famous family on the planet,’ ” Soloway said.

The producer-writer also spoke out about the sea change that’s happening in acknowledging and respecting the transgender community.

“I think everybody who’s part of this civil rights movement, we’re all reaching out to each other, we’re finding each other, and holding hands and saying, ‘You’re safe, I’m safe. We’re all in this together.’ ”

“I think the fact that Bruce Jenner has come out, America’s kind of caught up now,” she added. “We don’t have to do any Trans 101 lessons. We can have fun, tell stories, surprise ourselves and the audiences, and just go for it.”

And to do so, Soloway has brought in transgender writer Our Lady J to join the staff.

She said, “I think in season 1, we were trying to make sure that Maura was protected. And now that we have Our Lady J in the room and she’s able to give that heart and flesh and blood to Maura’s story, we can tell much more realistic stories … much more honest stories. We’re gonna have fun.”

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