Glee's Coach Shannon Beiste: Transgender Transformation Revealed

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Glee is covering new ground this season with Coach Shannon Beiste's transgender transformation. People.com revealed the first photo of Coach Beiste as a man, which fans of the show will see on the February 13 episode. The character announced his transition on the January 16 episode of the series.

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.'"



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