In a Soap Opera Twist, ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Reveals a Character is Transgender

Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

For die-hard fans of The Bold and the Beautiful it came as quite the shock yesterday that Maya Avant had a secret, she was born a man. But the shock, wasn’t so shocking to most, as many fans reacted on social media with “big whoop.” “She’ll always be Maya” one fan wrote. Actress Karla Mosley, who plays Maya, says that she is thrilled with Maya’s coming out.  “My first reaction was surprise, because ten or 20 years ago, this is not a story we would be telling, and not in a way that’s truthful and not sensational,” Mosley says. “My second reaction was, ‘Thank you.’ It’s a gift it’s a privilege,” she says. “It’s a real opportunity to educate our viewers here and all over the world.”

“It is about people respecting other people’s differences and their uniqueness,” Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer, says. “In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter. It’s about finding love in life. This is a love story.”

According to USA Today, The Bold and the Beautiful is the only show on air that features a transgender character. [USA]

You can watch the clip and interview after the jump…

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