The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honored Royal Pains Saturday night in the category of Outstanding Individual Episode for a series without a regular LGBT character. GLAAD recognizes media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
"The Prince of Nucleotides," which aired June 23, 2015, featured the acting debut of transgender teen Nicole Maines as Anna, a teenage choreographer who Hank (Mark Feuerstein) treats. He soon discovers that some of the hormones Nicole is taking for her transition may be endangering her health.
Maines is a real-life recent high school grad who made history in Jan. 2014 by winning a landmark transgender rights case in the state of Maine. This was the first time that a state court has ruled that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity.
See her episode, "The Prince of Nucleotides" (season 7, episode 4), which is currently streaming on Netflix. And be sure to tune into Royal Pains when its farewll season premieres on Wednesday, May 18 at 10/9c on USA Network.