Someone said :
In 3%, last series, the character of Ariel, played by Marina Matheus, has the right balance I think between passing depending on the light and being obviously and shamelessly a trans woman.
And her story line is never about being trans: it is about changing alliances and being the lesbian love interest of one of the principal protagonists.
Representation always starts with the stereotypical characters, first in a negative light or for comic relief, then shifting to positive and finally neutral focus. When she can be trans, playing a trans character, without the need for a trans storyline, then you know she has reached mainstream status.
In trans-america, a cis-woman played a trans who struggles to pass. That was a nice twist I though. Some might argue that the actress should have been a trans-woman (other actresses were trans), but then the outcry would have been about the focus on not passing as if they were generalizing.
We cannot always say “it’s not good enough” against steps that lead to the mainstreaming/normalization of social standards.
Maybe it is just me (I'm a cynic at the best of times) but I just don't like any trans character in general because their A-typical sob stories usually makes us look like someone to be pitied but most of the trans community seem to lap it up and tend to idolise and identify with them. Personally I think they paint a negative image of us as a whole like we are all desperate to be accepted/desperate for a man/can never really pass as a woman/are manically depressed, pick your poison and usually they are the most boring, one dimensional characters going.