11 Scene-Stealing Transgender Characters on Teen TV Shows
Back in 1991, the first kiss between two women aired on television on a show called LA Law. Then, almost a decade later, the first kiss between two men aired on Dawson’s Creek in 2000. These scenes paved the way for shows to create fully devolved gay characters and openly explore their romantic lives on television.
Now, in a time when LGBTQ rights frequently dominate social politics, even more inclusive victories have been won. For example: Shows are creating transgender characters and exploring the struggles and triumphs of their transition. Take a look to learn about a few transgender characters that have been featured on teen television shows, and totally stole the show:
Unique Adams from Glee
During its six seasons, Glee conquered numerous hard-hitting topics on its show, including domestic violence, texting while driving, abortion, bullying, body image, and more. The show was no stranger to LGBTQ storylines, but on the third season, Unique Adams walked down the halls of McKinley High.
Unique, the first openly trans character in Glee's history, was played by Alex Newell, who was discovered on the short-lived reality series The Glee Project. Unique was first introduced as a member of Vocal Adrenaline, a rival glee club. After transferring schools and joining New Directions, Unique flaunted her confidence and stayed true to herself. Though proud of who she was, Unique struggled romantically and even catfished her crush, assuming that he would never be interested in her if he knew who she really was and her background. But, she eventually overcame this and even helped Coach Beiste become comfortable with his own transition.