People: Jan. 16, 2006

WHAT'S IN: GENDER BENDERS

Newcomer DANIELA SEA plays Moira/Max, who is debating a female-to-male sex-change operation on Showtime's The L Word. Pop culture is rife with transsexual story lines lately. Finally, characters who really evolve.

FELICITY HUFFMAN seems in line to snare an Oscar nomination for her role as a male-to-female transsexual who discovers she fathered a son in Transamerica. Plus Desperate Housewives' plain-Jane mom finally got to smear on the rouge.

Appearing on Oprah and Larry King touting her autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, novelist JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN told how she stayed married to her wife...

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