Leslie Mackinaw, Transparent
Leslie Mackinaw (Cherry Jones)
On comedy series Transparent, Leslie was introduced in the second season as a love interest for Ali, who is the youngest of the Pfefferman children whose father coming out as transwoman is the main focus of the series.
Leslie is a famous poet, a professor, and somewhat of a lesbian icon. She was depicted a womanizer and it was implied she had sex with several different women at the same time. Leslie met Ali in the third episode during a group lunch where Ali seemed to be instantly fascinated by Leslie.
In episode 6 Ali showed up at Leslie’s house to ask for help on her graduate school admissions essay. The shared some wine and enjoyed Leslie’s hot tub while smoking from a bong. In episode 9, both Ali and Leslie were at a Music Festival and the end of the episode found Ali coming into Leslie’s tent to have sex with her.
In the season finale Leslie said she wanted Ali to be her T.A. at graduate school in the fall, but she also wanted her so she was going to leave it up to Ali to decide: “Take your pick. Do you want to be my student? Or do you want to be my old lady?”.
At the start of season 3 Leslie was teaching at graduate school and Ali was her T.A., it was revealed that the two continued their relationship despite Ali also being her student. This made Ali a bit insecure when the other students revealed that Leslie had a habit of sharing her bed with her T.As.
In episode 5 Leslie revealed that she was falling in love with Ali, which left Ali puzzled and in the following episodes she started to withdraw from the relationship. In episode 9 Ali left for Kansas to help her brother just as she and Leslie were supposed to have their couple coming-out debut at an event where Leslie was to receive an award. Leslie called Ali out on running away from her problems right before she left for Kansas, leaving their relationship in limbo for the next season.
Transparent was renewed for season 4 to air in fall 2017.
Female love interests:
- Ali Pfefferman (Gaby Hoffmann, bisexual, regular)
- Zelda (Becky Thyre, unknown, guest)
- Bella (India Menuez, unknown, guest)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.