Jeffrey Carlson, shown in this AP photo, plays a character named Zarf, a "flamboyant rock start" on the ABC soap All My Children. The transgender angle will begin with Thursday's episode.
I'll be curious to hear about reactions to this. I wonder how long it'll take Focus on the Family or Agape Press to make some hay with it.
The show wasn't interested in doing something just to be sensational, she said. GLAAD and some transgenders were brought in as consultants in shaping the character, teaching the producers when it is appropriate to call a character "she" even before surgery, she said.
Damon Romine, a spokesman for GLAAD, said he hasn't seen the show yet but feels people involved were genuinely interested in telling the story with dignity. Emotions are so close to the surface in soap operas, and this story can serve a purpose by showing what transgenders go through, he said.