idea of not being accepted by our parents is something that many of us can relate to and that’s been the reaction. Trans people, gay people and straight people. Someone said today, ‘I had to get married in secret because my father couldn’t accept the fact that I was in an interracial relationship.’ It’s something that’s very core to many of us and extremely painful for Maya,” Karla reveals. Jacob adds that “no matter what, your heart still feels what it feels and no one can, or may, take that away from you. As far as this role affecting me personally, it absolutely has – I’ve always believed in equal rights. I have and always will be a strong advocate for the transgender community”. At the time of broadcast in August 2015 in the US, Maya was the first transgender TV character ever to be married onscreen.