Character Name: Sophia Burset
Story: Sophia's back story revealed that she was actually born as a man named Marcus; employed and worked as a fireman and married with a wife and son. Longing to be a woman, Marcus, now Sophia, ends up in prison due to credit card fraud. Now, she's a hairdresser and confidant for many of the inmates.
Why Her Character Rocks: Simply put, there aren't that many (if at all) transgender roles written for actual transgender folks. Sophia's attempt at maintaining her womanhood in an environment full of actual ladies is something that wouldn't be tried on traditional television. As a new type of character role, Sophia represents a voice within the landscape that most don't often get to hear or see on TV.