Trig’s girlfriend on The Chi is named Imani (played by actress Jasmine Davis) and we just met her this season. It was revealed during Episode 2 on Sunday, June 28, that she is transgender. This makes her the first transgender character to ever appear on the show.
During the episode, Trig (played by actor Luke James Boyd) and Imani go to a gay bar together and he ends up in a big fight after a man hits on him.
Outside after the fight, Imani tells Trig that she wants to be around her people, which proved that she is transgender and in turn, raised questions about Trig’s true sexuality.
“You’re a woman. That’s all I see when I look at you,” Trig shared, to which Imani responded: “You can’t love me and hate him. It doesn’t work like that.”
After this scene, fans are now curious to know more about Iman’s story and Trig’s sexuality, so here’s hoping we get more answers during the next episode.
In a recent interview, The Chi creator Lena Waithe opened up about having the first transgender character to ever appear on the series. “I’m so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season,” she said on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “Her name is Jasmine, she’s a Chicago native, she’s fantastic.”
However, she also revealed that the show won’t harp on the fact that Imani is transgender. “We make sure to not point a finger or shed too much light on her being trans,” Lena added during the virtual sit-down. “She’s an amazing woman, she’s an interesting character, and I’m excited that we finally get to do that this season.”