While Maya was not the first transgender character on soaps, she was the first one who appeared longterm in front burner storylines for an extended period of time, being part of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” canvas from 2013 to 2020. In 2006, “All My Children” introduced a character named Zarf, who was played by male actor Jeffrey Carlson, who was transitioning and eventually called herself Zoe.
However, Karla Mosley was a female actress playing a character who had already transitioned from male to female and was thrown into a popular romance with one of the show’s male leads. Eventually, Maya’s entire family arrived in town and her father, Julius (Obba Babatunde), finally accepted his daughter’s choices right before she married Rick in a lavish ceremony. Soon, the story called for Maya and Rick to want a child, so Maya’s sister, Nicole, carried a child created via her egg and Rick’s sperm, giving the little girl they named Lizzie, to her sister and brother-in-law.