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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.

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