Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Wild Gender1
Trans Woman of Color Joins Cast of “Glee” Characters
After much acclaim for tackling gay issues in teen circles, ‘Glee‘ will introduced a trans teen of color in last night’s episode ‘Saturday Night Glee-ver.’ The show invites Unique to the cast, a trans woman teen, coming to terms with her identity.
Unique made her debut performance as part of the show choir Vocal Adrenaline, but not before approaching Mercedes and Kurt as Wade (played by Alex from ‘The Glee Project‘) who wants to present as a female-identified on stage.
When Kurt advises Wade not to present as Unique on stage, it becomes evident that the crew has much to learn about gender variance. Unique, of course, goes against all advice and brings the house down.
While Glee (and GLADD for that matter) are reporting that the character is in fact trans-identified, there is much confusion as to whether or not they’ve created Unique as a drag queen or a trans woman character. Either way, the inclusion of Unique’s gender variant identity is a new theme for the show.
Is becoming a Glee character another step towards the assimilation of trans identity? Or a real important move toward the health and welfare of our community? Tell us what you think and watch the video of Unique’s first performance below…