“All My Children” Takes A Trip Down Transgender Lane

You can always count on the soap operas to be bringing America groundbreaking TV. CNN.com reports:

In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC’s “All My Children” this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman. The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues. The storyline begins with Thursday’s episode of the daytime drama. There have been a handful of post-surgical transgender characters in television shows, including a college professor in the 2001 prime-time CBS series “The Education of Max Bickford” and a model in the short-lived ABC soap opera “The City” in 1996, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Showtime’s “The L Word” currently features a character changing from a woman into a man.

Yes, the male-to-female sexual reassignment thing is pretty fascinating, but seriously, where the hell did the name Zarf come from? I can’t tell if they were trying to be gender-neutral, but it doesn’t even sound human to me. And of course, now I’m anticipating comments from people who will tell me that their grandfather was named Zarf and it’s a Romanian family name and I’m an insensitive ass for not knowing that. And they would be right.

Soap’s sex-changing character a first [CNN.com]

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