Actress Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Beiste, explained her initial worry over the direction of the character, telling People, "I just didn't want to let down the girls who are straight and tomboys that my character represented the last four seasons."
She added, "But I got the script and I was, like, 'Oh my God. This is amazing.'"
Dot-Marie also shared the tremendous support she's gotten from fans, saying, "I had thousands of Tweets from people. I was crying. Members of the transgender community were saying, 'I never thought I'd see myself on TV. You have no idea what this means to me. Now, maybe people will get it.'"