Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday February 20, 2015 - New Transgender Show

CBS is working on a new legal show that would revolutionize how the county sees transgender people. Laverne Cox will play a transgender lawyer who has a love interest. This could have the same impact on society as Modern Family. I have a previous post about Modern Family and its possible impact on how society changed its mind about same-sex marriage. (Click Here)

In that post I showed how polling by both Pew and Gallup show a steady annual uptick in support for same-sex marriage, after Modern Family appeared. TV is a powerful social medium.

This show will cast Ms. Cox  as  a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney, described as “competitive as she is compassionate. She’s fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.”

Finally a transgender person who has all of the traits and issues normal people have. This will allow the pubic to see  a positive role model who they can cheer for. And imagine what this will do for the young transpeople trying to figure life out.

Could you imagine if we had a show like that when we were 7 to 15 years old?

If its successful, expect within a few years to see polling numbers change and support for trans-issues grow. However, do not expect much change from the anti-transgender voters. Its the people on the fence that will jump in to support us because of this show.

Just like Orange is the New Black, Transparent and other independent  videos, as long as the transgender person is a positive role model, it will help all of us.

This is why we must do are part to spread the word that we are good people, who live within the community and not to be feared. Even if you are still in the closet, you can show support for trans-issues.

For example, I supported unisex bathrooms because I have three daughters and I needed a bathroom where I could go in with them instead of asking a lady, I did not know to watch them for me.

Imagine how single mothers with young boys feel sending their sons  into the bathroom by themselves or asking a stranger to watch and help their sons.

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