The Trans Characters That Changed TV and Film

During this Transgender Awareness Week, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation looks back at some of the characters who have helped push the boundaries of acceptance in film and television.

BY Matt Kane of GLAAD

November 19 2012 12:30 PM ET

Transamerica (2005)
As is the case with many films focusing on transgender lives, a highly celebrated performance helped Transamerica reach more mainstream audiences than might otherwise have seen it. Felicity Huffman starred as a transgender woman named Bree whose life is complicated by the discovery that she has a runaway son she never knew about.