It’s not just Caitlyn: Transgender is all over TV this summer


The summer of 2015 is shaping up as the moment when transgender went mainstream — at least in the media. Only one week after Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself on the cover of Vanity Fair and nearly broke the Internet, the cable channel ABC Family on Monday aired its own reality show about a transgender man. Produced by Ryan Seacrest, the show, Becoming Us, focuses on a Chicago teen whose father has come out as transgender and is in the process of becoming a woman.

Landing smack in the middle of the cultural zeitgeist was a happy accident for ABC Family, a network known for its provocative teen fare, like Pretty Little Liars. “It is a luck of timing,” Tom Ascheim, president at the network, told Fortune, adding: “I would love to say that we were brilliant enough to have the foresight to know last fall that [Jenner’s Vanity…

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