Once again, Glee is shining the spotlight on an important and timely subject.
In its sixth and final season, the groundbreaking Fox series is exploring Coach Bieste’s (Dot Marie Jones) journey to come out as a transgender man and pursue a physical transition, including an official name change from Shannon to Sheldon.
Only ETonline has your exclusive sneak peek of this Friday's all-new episode, "Transitioning," which features the return of Unique (Alex Newell), a former student whose bold performances and desire to be recognized as female was not always accepted by her parents and classmates.
"Unique is back to make a little bit of a visit, and she's there to support Bieste and be that rock," Newell shares in the clip above. "There is so much heart in this episode."
Newell sings "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray, joined by hundreds of very special guests.
"It's the climactic moment in the episode where we reveal a 200-person, proud, strong, transgender choir," Glee's executive producer Dante DiLoreto explained. "It is incredibly uplifting working with this choir. This isn't about tolerance, it's about coming home and coming home to who you really are -- and who you're meant to be and who you're meant to be with."
With so many members of the choir hailing from around the country, DiLoreto said, "This really is the face of America and you hope that when people see this episode they'll recognize, 'Hey, they look just like me.'"
Glee airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox.