The award for Actor in a Lead Role goes to 10 shows with transgender principals

During sea-change TV transformation for transgender actors playing major and recurring characters on the small screen, these faces stand out.

Q's weekly 10 Queer Things feature finds 10 currently running shows across networks and platforms worth noting.







Grey’s Anatomy

Alex Blue Davis


The Good Doctor

Sophie Giannamore


Queen Sugar

Brian Michael Smith



Nicole Maines


How to Get Away with Murder, Transparent

Alexandra Billings



Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross.


The OA

Ian Alexander


The Switch

Nyla Rose, Amy Fox, Vincent Viezzer, Lindsay Coryne, Andrea Menard, Kent Leun, Chance Kingsmyth, Raugi Yo and Gigi Saul Guerrero


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Lachlan Watson


Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox


There are at least 15 more currently running shows across platforms that feature or include transgender actors. TV’s trans revolution continues on reality shows like I Am Jazz and RuPaul’s Drag Race.


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