I think Lup is so revolutionary in media culture in large part because of Barry. like. Yes, She’s a Trans Woman and That Alone is super cool but!! She is loved by Barry, a presumably Cisgender Straight Man, who literally does not give a shit that shes trans. It’s pretty rare to see cis/trans couples where one partner being trans isn’t the “"problem”“ or ”“conflict”“. He just loves her for her and that’s so good!!!
Generally trans representation in media is mediocre at best and the McElroys (particularly Griffin) Know That. So the fact that he did his best to portray a trans woman while giving her So Much Else to her character is *chef kiss* but!
Trans love is Especially bad in media. So having Lup and Barry fall in love so deeply and naturally was so important but even moreso when you remember barry is literally titled ”The Lover“.
Barry was created to love and he loved Lup. The implications of that, that not only are trans people worthy of love but are worthy of Real, Deep, Sincere, Honest Love, of the purest form of love imaginable, is so, so important. It’s not something I’ve ever seen in trans media before. It can be really easy to forget that despite being trans, I too am worthy of that kind of love.
“For a moment Anne’s heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert’s gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps … perhaps … love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.
Then the veil dropped again; but the Anne who walked up the dark lane was not quite the same Anne who had driven gaily down it the evening before.” - Anne of Avonlea - XXX - A Wedding at the Stone House