I've been watching a show on NBC that I haven't heard too much buzz about. The Listener is about a paramedic who can read people's thoughts and uses it to help others. Think "Heroes" without the giant cast and a little more believable (if mind-reading can be believable).
It also doesn't hurt that the lead is easy on the eyes, but that's neither here nor there.
I was catching up on some episodes on the TiVo and was pleasantly shocked at last week's show called "Lisa Says." This particular episode deals with the heavy issues facing trans youth: homelessness, not accepting parents, and lack of medical help. In fact it revolves around a young female to male trans youth, something else that has been rather unheard of on prime-time TV.
I think it was of the most positive and realistic depictions of the issues surrounding trans kids I have seen on a fictional TV show...
Video and more after the jump...
Of course it is dramatized and heightened a bit. But some of the back and forth between the trans kid and his mother was spot on and quite telling. The mother panics about her child, throwing out church, therapy, and a long list of "fixes." All of it fails to move her son, who simply tells her:
You've already lost your daughter. You're going to lose me as well.
Not only that, but the young kid repeatedly talks about how he's known since he was 6 that he needed to transition.
There is, of course, the typical straight guy response represented by the main character's paramedic partner- who doesn't understand how someone can "choose" to change their gender. This only serves as a set-up for the main character to really drive home the point about making your outside match your insides and giving a really good speech on acceptance.
I was even more surprised that they didn't put a neat little bow on the end of the episode, with the mother coming around and simply accepting her son. The young man decides he can't live with his mother until she gets help to accept him.
So I'm curious to see what the rest of you think, especially our trans readers. Do you see it as a step forward in the coverage of trans kids on TV or something negative?