90 year of Anna has found herself becoming a matriarch of sorts to the local queer community. Perhaps due to her longevity in the area, her being a landlord or a mentor to many. One example being Jake who she shares being Trans with.
Additional Information About Anna
Has traveled to Barcelona.
Her birthday is on, or close to, September 27th.
Was born in Nevada, but moved to San Francisco from Minnesota.
A talk show host and spokesperson for the Bloodie product line, Mary Ann, 23 years ago, used to live under Anna’s roof. However, to pursue a career in entertainment she left San Francisco, her ex-husband Brian, and 2-year-old Shawna behind.
Michael is one of the few people Mary Ann has kept in contact with since she left, and they both consider each other like a sibling. Outside of Mary Ann, the only thing we learn about Michael is that he lives in Anna’s building and is a gay man. One who is dating a much younger man who, based on Mary Ann’s teasing, has led to him toning up a bit.
Additional Information About Michael
He met Anna at a Safeway when she was trying to pick up his then boyfriend.
One of the reasons Michael hasn’t moved and thinks many don’t, is because Anna made him feel seen. Hence him not moving for 20 some odd years.
Is usually the first one to say he loves the other person in his relationships.
Shawna’s adopted dad, Mary Ann’s ex-husband, and a horticulture shop owner, Brian tries to live the simple life. However, with Mary Ann’s return, it seems she is going to cause as much drama coming back as she did when she left.
The adopted daughter of Brian and Mary Ann, Shawna has been dealing with Mary Ann leaving her when she was two for a long time. Now at 25, coming face to face with her, things are difficult. But, between her drinking, her job as a bartender, and the community that raised her in Mary Ann’s absence, she’ll be fine. Plus, sex. That also is a stress relief for her.
A trans man, he often confers to Anna as a mentor, if not guide, and it sounds like he may have recently had gender confirmation surgery. Making him often proud when he is considered passing, even though it annoys his girlfriend Margot who might be having difficulty now dating a man.
Additional Information About Jake
Is a former med student, who seemingly was going to become a nurse.
A proud lesbian, and performance artist, Margot is one of the younger members of Anna’s family and tries to support Jake’s transition, but not so much his idea of gender being a social construct. If not him saying that repeatedly to the point it is getting annoying.
Additional Information About Margot
On top of being a performance artist, Margot also can draw.
Is very big into having a family, which includes having a kid – assumingly her being the one getting pregnant.
Like her fraternal brother Jonathan, Jen went to an arts school and obtained a BFA. However, with two months of back rent due, she and her brother try to use being twins, on IG, to drum up some money and interest.
Additional Information About Jen
As part of her and Jonathan’s rebranding, she now goes by Ani.
Robert is Mary Ann’s estranged husband who is shown to be a complete square. He doesn’t understand the people Mary Ann calls her family, and despite how much time he spent around them, it seems he still doesn’t understand a single one of them at all.
Flaco is Ben’s co-worker and, before Ben began dating Michael, they used to be a bit closer than they are now. However, there is no drama involved with Ben hanging with Michael more. But, when it comes to Flaco being the person hooking up with Jake? Totally different story.
Has experienced a lot of trauma thanks to her mom from being told her mom would abandon her at a place for broken kids, among other incidents. Of which it seems her dad is no better or at least doesn’t reprimand her mom from saying vile things.
One of Anna’s first boyfriends since transitioning, Tommy was a cop who wanted to marry Anna and even assist with her bottom surgery. However, Anna being discovered as a trans woman ended their relationship. But, rather than toss her out to the streets, he gave her all the money he collected from trans women of the area, a living tax, and gave it to her. Leading to her buying the rental building which is the center of the show.
One of Anna’s first friends when she came to San Francisco who she had a complicated relationship with. Mostly due to Anna passing and usually taking advantage of that privilege, early on, rather than being part of the struggle for equality.
Mrs. Duncan is Claire’s mother, who she paints to be a terrible person. However, at worse, she might be an example of how Mary Ann would have been if she decided to stick around and attempt to raise Shawna.
Additional Information About Mrs. Duncan
Is an art collector.
Bloodie: A product Mary Ann is the spokesperson for which is a mix of a blanket and hoodie.
The show takes place during October 2018.
Notable Locations & Events
Anna’s 90th Birthday
This kicks off the series and leads to us being introduced to most characters. It is also why Mary Ann returns to San Francisco after being away 23 years.
28 Barbary Lane
The house where Anna and many of the characters live. Specifically, Anna lives on the first floor, Shawna the second, Michael the third, and the twins in the fourth apartment.
Also, we learn that, in the early 70s, Anna got this apartment thanks to money taken from other trans people.
Per Claire, this was the site of a demonstration, pre-Stonewall, of a riot again the abuse of trans people.