On Monday, June 1, HRC will air one-day exclusive look at the first episode of ABC Family's new trans-focused docu-series, “Becoming Us.”
From Ryan Seacrest Production, ABC Family’s new docu-series centers on a teenager named Ben as his father lives authentically as a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and navigate their new world.
The visibility of transgender people has grown exponentially in the last year. Through magazines, hit television shows, reality series, books and films, the stories and lives of the transgender community are being brought into homes across the nation.
A recent national HRC survey revealed that 22 percent of likely voters personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and, of that group, two-thirds expressed favorable feelings toward them. That’s up from 17 percent who said they knew a transgender person just a year ago.
The data provides powerful empirical evidence that the increase in the visibility of transgender people in our workplaces, our homes, in our popular culture -- including Jenner and the Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and New York Times bestselling writer Janet Mock -- has helped propel this growing support.
Carly’s decision and her choice to share this experience with millions shows the power of living openly and authentically. Her family’s story goes one step further, teaching us the importance of love, support and acceptance.