As much as I believe visibility can be a means for change, I also think being seen as “jumping on the bandwagon” comes with the danger of being reduced to a cliche and not being taken seriously by society at large. I can see a day when someone announces, “discrimination based on gender is a thing of the past,” and it will be as true as saying “racism has been overcome” despite all the evidence to the contrary.
“Another cable network is looking to capitalize on the public’s interest in the transgender community by airing a real-life version of the Amazon drama Transparent.
This summer, ABC Family will premiere Becoming Us, an unscripted show that chronicles the life of 17-year-old Ben Lehwald of Evanstan, Illinois, as his father Charlie transitions to become Carly.
The docu-series from Ryan Seacrest Productions will take Ben’s perspective as he watches his dad divorce his mom, Suzy, before undergoing gender reassignment surgery. “