Does Glee’s Alex Newell Consider Himself Transgender?
Alex Newell plays a character on Glee that is pretty, well, Unique. Though Wade Adams was born male, he only truly feels like himself when he is wearing female clothes and living as his alter-ego, Unique. In fact, in Glee Season 4, Episode 16: “Feud,” Unique told Ryder (Blake Jenner) that she wanted him to refer to her as a girl.
And in Season 5, Episode 5: “The End of Twerk,” Unique was bullied for wanting to use the girls bathroom. When she did use the boy's room, a gang of football jocks bullied and intimidated her. She sung a moving rendition of Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy"... and those familiar lyrics took on a whole new meaning.
But what about Alex, the Season 1 Glee Project runner up who plays Wade and Unique? On November 19, a fan asked the actor on Twitter which of the two characters he identifies with the most — and if he considers himself transgender.
Alex replied, “no I don't consider myself trans,” and added that he relates to both Wade and Unique.