30 Characters Showcasing Positive LGBT Representation on TV Right Now

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Emmy Winners Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Solloway pose for a picture as they attend the Amazon Emmy Celebration at Sunset Tower Hotel on September 18, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

7. Transparent- Mort Pfeffermann

Transparent is important. Period. It’s been classified as one of the best television shows for LGBT representation right now. It’s a comedy web series created by Jill Soloway. This series tells a story of a Los Angeles family who recently found out their father, Mort Pfeffermann (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender and it’s touching on issues that families face on a daily basis.

In an age where transgender rights and issues are plastered on news headline, talked about in presidential debates, and depicted on reality television, Transparent is spearheading these topics.

Mort, who is now known as Maura, is a divorced, political science professor, coming to terms with her newfound identify as a woman. Tambor’s role and Soloway’s creativity has earned them countless awards and critical acclaim.

The one criticism that can’t go unnoticed on this show is that Maura Pfeffermann is portrayed by a cisgender man. Transgender roles are slim in media right now, and most feel like a transgender actor would better represent this category. While I don’t disagree with that, I’m happy to see trans people on my screen at all, and I’m hopeful of the day actors who identify with these characters will have more opportunity to portray them.